Like a moth to a flame, Paris draws millions of tourists and business people each year. The “left bank” creative atmosphere has inspired many well-known artists and writers, such as Picasso, Matisse, van Gogh, Hugo, and Leroux. Climbing the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre, and viewing the Palace of Versailles are popular leisure activities for the hordes of tourists. These, and many other cultural attractions and epicurean delights, is why “seeing Paris before I die” is a common entry on many a bucket list, and why businesses in the tourism industry benefit so greatly in Paris.
However, you might not know that Paris, the capital of France, is also a global hub of government, business, and financial activity on top of its glittering artistic reputation. The country’s largest city is also one of the engines of the world economy with a gross metropolitan product ranking sixth in the world. The glass and steel skyscrapers of La Défense, the largest purpose-built business district in Europe, rival those of other major cities. Paris and its suburbs are home to the headquarters of 37 Global Fortune 500 companies, the second largest number for any city in the world. As the seat of government, Paris is also home to many influential policy makers.
The city’s one drawback is its high cost of real estate, which makes it tricky, if you want to break into the Parisian market. Look to Davinci meeting rooms to help. Davinci meeting rooms are temporary meeting spaces you can rent for a day, a few weeks, or a few months. Stay in “Par-ie” for as long or as short as you need to create partnerships and set up an international post. Come for the macaroons, stay for business.