Incentive Destinations: Cannes on the French Riviera

Cannes, FranchCannes is the quintessential French Riviera destination. There is the iconic La Croisette, a curved bay with a promenade and beaches. Massif de l'Esterel, a mountain range consisting of red volcanic rock is a great location for hiking. Musee de la Castre, in an 11th-century chateau that originally housed monks, has impressionistic paintings and ethnic artifacts from around the world. Other museums include Malmaison, a private mansion with 19th-century architecture and furnishings, and Musee de la Mer with a nautical theme. 

Cannes is also well known for Festival de Cannes, the star-studded film festival that takes place in April every year. Cannes has so much experience in providing hospitality to celebrities and VIPs that it's a perfect destination for rewarding top performers.

Archaeological digs have revealed that, as far back as 1000 BC, the area that we now call Cannes was populated. While tourism in Cannes dates back to the 1920s, it was after the inaugural Cannes Film Festival on September 20, 1946 that the area began to attract well-heeled tourists.

Cannes today has much to offer for corporate groups, since the film festival is not the only event worth noting. Les Nocturnes Boccassiennes Market is a night market that takes place in August. Also in August, the 5 day Festival de L'Art Russe celebrates Russian, music, art, and dance. The Firework Festival in late August lights up the sky.

MIPCOM, the world's largest entertainment content tradeshow, takes place in October.

Event venues include the Palais des Festivals and Theatre Alexandre III,

Places to stay include the JW Marriott CannesCannes Palace Hotel, and Hotel Majestic Barriere Cannes.

For more information on meeting and event planning on Cannes, click on the Cvent Supplier Network.

Photo Credit: Stefan Jurca

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