Cannes has a new Director of Tourism

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Operating under the auspices of the Cannes city council, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is pleased to announce the appointment of Régis Faure as Tourism Director for the Cannes destination. Under the chairmanship of Claire-Anne Reix and the management of Didier Vescovi, his duties will include implementing the sales and marketing action plan and strengthening Cannes' position as a competitive tourist destination in an increasingly challenging environment.

With a Masters in international economics, a degree in international management and an INSEAD MBA in marketing strategy, Régis Faure has worked for eleven years in the event industry and previously spent over eight years in the French diplomatic service.

He began his career in 1996 at the French Embassy in Italy, then from 1997 to 2001 he worked in the French Embassy in South Korea and from 2001 to 2003 in the French Embassy in Canada.
In 2005, with this international experience behind him, he joined the private event group (GL Events) with responsibility for developing the space management business before being promoted to Director of Development for the Italy - Turkey and Eastern Europe zone.
In 2012, he was appointed General Manager of a trade fair organization and venue management subsidiary.
His economic expertise, diplomatic experience, analysis of international business strategies and in-depth knowledge of the business tourism sector will be valuable assets serving not only Cannes’ economic attractiveness but also its standing as a tourist destination. Cannes welcomes more than two million visitors annually – including 55% foreigners and nearly 300,000 accredited professionals.
About SEMEC, Société d’Economie Mixte pour les Evénements Cannois 
The Palais des Festivals et Congrès operating company, a city of Cannes private law subsidiary, was created on 1 January 1992. Awarded a public service delegation contract that will be up for renewal in 2021, SEMEC's main missions are: promoting Cannes as a tourist destination (leisure and business tourism), managing the Palais des Festivals et Congrès and the tourist office as well as the cultural events activity in the city.
The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes
A catalyst for the local economy and jobs, the Palais des Festivals et Congrès in Cannes is a public interest facility that is a vital part of the attractiveness of the city. Its global reach and the durability of its long-standing events (Cannes Lions, Cannes Yachting Festival, Heavent Meetings, ILTM, MAPIC, MIDEM, MIPCOM, MIPIM, MIPTV, Tax Free World Exhibition, etc.), make it among the most competitive in Europe with a capacity of 40,000 people for 35,000 m2 of exhibition space. More than 50 trade events (B2B) hosting 280,000 accredited participants are organized at the Palais every year, generating more than 800 million euros in economic spin-offs and 13,000 jobs in Cannes and on the Côte d'Azur.
Elisabeth Lara – Press officer – Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Tel: 04 92 99 84 46 -

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