Cannes - European champion, crowned "best destination for festivals and events" at the World Travel Awards 2021!

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After being recognised as the best French City, Cannes has just won the title of "Best Destination for Festivals and Events in Europe" at the World Travel Awards 2021, considered the Oscars of Tourism. It is on the top step ahead of London, Barcelona and Munich ! A recognition of the know-how of the entire events ecosystem in Cannes. 


"Cannes has won the World Travel Awards 2021, which is the international reference as “Europe’s Best Festival and Event Destination”. I would like to salute the mobilisation and work carried out by all the professionals of our destination: restaurateurs, retailers, hotel staff, florists, beach managers, taxis and tourist transport, security services, communication teams, sales staff... This award is an international recognition of Cannes' unique know-how, and places us as a world leader in hosting and organising prestigious events."

David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes

New international recognition for Cannes


World famous for its film festival, Cannes has for years hosted the biggest international festivals and events, such as the Cannes Film Festival, CANNESERIES, MIPIM, Cannes Lions, Tax Free World Exhibition, MIPCOM, Cannes Yachting Festival and the International Games Festival, the Cannes - Côte d'Azur France Dance Festival, the “Electronic Beaches”, the Pyrotechnic Art Festival, the Nice - Cannes Marathon, the Royal Regattas...

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is at the heart of Cannes, by the sea, and events bring the whole city to life. From the Croisette to Le Suquet and including the beaches, hotels and restaurants, the whole destination revolves to the rhythm of fairs and festivals. 

A city of solidarity around events activities, all Cannes’ professionals bring their talents together to make Cannes shine internationally. 

The premier congress centre in France (outside Paris), this leader in Europe’s events world continues to develop its activity with new festivals such as the world festival of artificial intelligence, and new services such as installing a permanent digital studio equipped with cutting-edge technologies. 

An award that celebrates Cannes' know-how 


This title of "best destination for festivals and events in Europe" rewards the experience in hosting and organising events that forms part of the city's DNA. Many events were born in Cannes and have become essential within their sector: the Cannes Film Festival (74th edition), the Cannes Lions (67th edition)...

The World Travel Awards are recognised worldwide and bring additional global visibility to Cannes. 


"The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, has for reason to be “to welcome the world durably”, it is as such the economic lung of Cannes and in the heart of the promotion of the destination. We are constantly investing and innovating to offer the most differentiated services to our clients and partners in terms of reception, sanitary security, hybrid solutions…  We also put all our energy into nurturing new trade shows, festivals and congresses. This award at the World Travel Awards rewards the work carried out for many years by the teams of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and encourages us to always strive for excellence." 

Jean-Michel Arnaud, President of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes

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