Global Venues: Lyon

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is often regarded as the gastronomic capital of France. It was the first place in France to have its own international train station, and its airport, Frances’ 4th largest, has direct flights to 120 destinations. Making Lyon a major European business destination, and one that offers you an ideal choice of venues.

Its rich history and stunning architecture at the foot of the French Alps, together with its vibrant culinary scene makes Lyon a noteworthy destination.

“Welcome to the 2nd French business city, human size city, capital of the French gastronomy. Be sure that you won’t never be disappointed with the food and wine in Lyon. We look forward to hosting your future event in Lyon, able to host any size.” Blanche Savereux, Chargé de Développement – Development Manager ONLYLYON Convention Bureau.

A brief history

Lyon, originally founded as ‘Lugdunum’ by the Romans in 43 BCE.  Its strategic location led to a resurgence in the Middle Ages, establishing it as a European financial hub by the Renaissance. Famed for its silk industry, Lyon’s traboules (passageways) became iconic. The 19th century brought industrialisation and social upheavals, while during WWII, the city emerged as a stronghold of the French Resistance.

Today, blending its rich heritage with modern dynamism, Lyon represents a global centre for culture and commerce.

Famous Sons of Lyon

Lyon, with its rich cultural heritage, has produced several individuals who’ve garnered international recognition. Some of the most internationally known famous people from Lyon include the “pope” of French cuisine, Paul Bocuse, who not only held three Michelin stars for over 50 years, was also instrumental in the Nouvelle Cuisine Movement.

Auguste and Louis Lumière were pioneers of early cinema and held the first public film screening. Their invention, the cinematograph, is an integral part of cinema’s history.

André-Marie Ampère a renowned contributor to electromagnetism and electrodynamics, who the unit of electric current, the “ampere” is named after.

These individuals from Lyon are celebrated not just in France but internationally.

Planning Your Event in Lyon

OnlyLyon Tourismet Et Congress  is the most valuable resource to help steer your event planning in the right direction. From organising a sustainable event, providing disability and accessibility insights, to supplying a toolbox, complete with communication tools, photos, publications, and press kits. In addition, AP LIVE can also help you find your ideal choice of venue through our free global venue finding service.

Lyon offers a wide range of accommodation, with a capacity to welcome its visitors in one of its 19,140 rooms! A selection of many meeting rooms, hall, a stadium and unique reception venues. All this whilst consistently embracing an eco-responsible approach.

Further Location Support

Local knowledge is always worth its weight in gold and the The Lyon Convention & Exhibition Bureau, a department of ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions, offers a free service dedicated to event organisers. The mission of the Lyon Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s team of 9 extremely helpful people, is to inform, advise and support event organisers. As a one-stop service, it connects local service providers that best meet your event’s specifications.

The Convention Bureau has also created a handy TO-DO LIST to help you ensure your next Lyon event is not only memorable but most importantly, environmentally responsible.

Getting to Lyon:

By Air: Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport is the international gateway to the city. It serves various destinations from Europe and other continents. From the airport, you can take the Rhônexpress tram, which connects to Lyon’s city centre in under 30 minutes.

By Train: The Lyon Part-Dieu and Perrache stations are well-connected with major French cities and some European destinations. High-speed TGV trains make the trip from Paris to Lyon in just under 2 hours.

By Road: Lyon is conveniently located at the crossroads of several major highways, making it easily accessible by car.

A Few of the Unique Event Venues in Lyon:

Musée des Confluences:  An architectural masterpiece, this museum is at the convergence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its modern design and versatile spaces make it perfect for events with a touch of sophistication.

L’Abbaye de Collonges:  If you’re looking for an iconic Lyon experience, this venue by the renowned chef Paul Bocuse situated on the banks of the Saône river offers both charm and culinary delight.

La Sucrière: Originally a sugar warehouse, this venue has been transformed into a chic and industrial space, perfect for large events like exhibitions, conventions, and concerts.

Parc de la Tête d’Or:   For outdoor events, this expansive urban park offers a serene environment with its beautiful lake, vast lawns, and botanical gardens.

Théâtre des Célestins: One of France’s few theatres with over 200 years of history, its majestic interiors are ideal for upscale events or performances.

Local Delights:

Don’t miss out on treating your guests to some traditional Lyonnaise dishes like ‘quenelles’, ‘salade lyonnaise’, or ‘tarte praline’.


While many in the business sector speak English, it’s always a good gesture to know a few basic French phrases or hire a local interpreter for smoother interactions.


Lyon has a temperate climate. While summers are pleasant, winters can be chilly.


Lyon presents a delightful fusion of historical vibes and modern conveniences, combined with the warmth of French hospitality and culture. This makes it a premier destination for global events and the reason it is included in our global venue series.

The city boasts easy access, diverse accommodation choices, a variety of both historic and contemporary venues, and steadfast backing from ONLYLYON. Hosting your event in Lyon is sure to be a memorable experience.


Bonne chance!


ONLYLYON Convention Bureau | Place Bellecour, BP 2254, 69214 Lyon Cedex 02, France
Tél : + 33 (0)4 72 77 62 88 Mobile : + 33 (0)6 30 10 03 88 Fax : + 33 (0)4 78 37 02 06

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