Incentive Destinations: Marseille Provence - European Capital of Culture 2013

MarseilleMarseilles, France's second largest city, can be accessed via the Marseille Provence Airport. This year is an ideal time for corporate groups to plan incentive trips, conferences and meetings as Marseille Provence, France and Kosice, Slovakia are the European Capital of Culture 2013.

The year  has been divided into 3 "episodes" that are taking place in Marseilles and nearby communities including Martigues, La Ciotat, Arles, Aix and Aubagne. The theme for Episode 1, which took place from January to May, was "Marseille Provence welcomes the world." New museums were opened and circus performers from all over the world were welcomed to Marseilles.

Episode 2 is currently taking place with a theme of "Marseille Provence under the open skies" that includes open-air movie screenings and concerts under the stars.

From September to December, Episode 3, "Marseille Provence - a Thousand Faces" will showcase art and public spaces.

During their time in Marseilles, corporate groups can enjoy diving, kayaking, sailing and, in winter, ice skating. Major Marseilles attractions include Chateau d’If, Le Parc National des Calanques, the Archeology Museum, Museum of African, Oceanian and American-Indian Art and the Roman Docks Museum. Le Grand Atelier du Midi is showcasing the art of Cezanne, Dali, Gauguin, Monet, Modigliani, Picasso and Renoir until the end of October.

For € 22 for 24 hours and € 29 for 48 hours, Le City Pass holders can access to all museums, transportation and entry to Chateau d’If, a ride on Le Petit Train Marseilles and the use of the public transit system.

Large event venues include Le Dome, Le Silo, Marseilles Chanot with 7 buildings, 15 meeting rooms and 3 auditoriums with space for 400 - 3,200 participants. Marseilles’ congress and exhibition center and the historic Palais du Pharo constructed by Emperor Napoleon III. With a capacity of 300, it includes a 200-seat auditorium and 8 breakout rooms. Vieux Port, its contemporary extension, has an auditorium with a capacity of 900.

Also consult Boost Your Team's Creativity with Art Events in Paris on the Cvent Event Blog.

Search the Cvent Supplier Network for hotels and event venues in Marseilles.

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