Cannes voted best destination in the world

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Cannes, renowned for its festivals and events, has been honored by being voted the world’s best destination in this field.
This prestigious recognition was awarded to Cannes at the World Travel Awards 2022, making it the first city in France to win such a title.
With its international reputation and ongoing commitment to offering exceptional cultural and artistic experiences, Cannes has been able to stand out and attract worldwide attention. This distinction testifies to the city’s ongoing effort to promote and support the festival and events industry, reinforcing its position as a must-see destination for culture and entertainment enthusiasts and business.

Published on 12 November 2022

A historic award

After retaining its European title for the second year running, Cannes has just been voted, by its peers, the trade media and all Cannes lovers, “World’s Best Festival and Event Destination” at the World Travel Awards 2022, considered the Oscars of Tourism.

This is the first French city to win this award against twelve other international cities in the competition, namely Barcelona, London, Barranquilla, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Singapore, Santiago, Sydney, Cape Town, Da Nang City and Durban. This prestigious recognition confirms Cannes’ essential role as a flagship destination for global event activity.

For over 75 years, Cannes has been the home of the world’s greatest cultural event, the Festival de Cannes. It was followed by many others, MIDEM, MIPCOM, MIPIM, Cannes Yachting Festival, Festival de la Publicité, de la Dance, Games, Series… a diversity of events that make Cannes a unique destination. The natural setting, its human dimension, its hospitality infrastructure and its dynamism make the city attractive and incomparable. In 2022, the city saw a record number of events, and this title consecrates this exceptional year.

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David Lisnard

“I am very pleased and proud that Cannes has been voted “World’s Best Festivals and Events Destination” at the World Travel Awards. This historic double consecrates thework, talent and energy of the people of Cannes who work every day to ensure the success of the events and cultural industry. With its 140 world-renowned events hosted and organized at le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in 2022 such as the Festival de Cannes, the MIPIM or the Cannes Lions, Cannes plays a full part in France’s attractiveness. This title is thus a true recognition of French know-how and places Cannes and France as unavoidable world destination for festivals and events. Long live Cannes!”

Mayor of Cannes
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Jean-Michel Arnaud

“What a pleasure it is to receive this distinction at the World Travel Awards. I would like to congratulate all the Cannes professionals and the teams at le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès who contributeto making Cannes, the world’s best destination for festivals and events. I would also like to thank all our partners and customers for their unfailing trust. This World Champion title encourages us to always strive for excellence, in line with our raison d’être: to sustainably welcome the world.”

President of le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes

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