A large proportion of large companies and associations with many employees organise seminars. A company seminar is a working time that aims to bring together employees of the same company or group that has branches all over a territory in order to reflect on specific themes, stimulate productivity, increase employees' skills, or even reward them. It can also be a team building convention, a time that aims to increase the well-being of employees around workshops or sports activities, with the aim of transmitting the corporate culture, strengthening social ties and motivation. Groupcorner is the website that helps seminar organizers to find the best accommodation, according to your requirements and here are the 10 best destinations to welcome employees for a professional event
Paris, a remarkable offer
As the capital of France, Paris is the ideal destination to organize a seminar. Indeed, the city has many structures scattered throughout the agglomeration to accommodate large groups, but also seminar hotels that provide a seminar room for those who want to avoid wasting time on transport. Organizing a seminar in Paris is also an opportunity to easily set up a relaxing time, with the presence of numerous restaurants and cafés in the Marais and in the dynamic 10th and 11th districts. Without forgetting the infinite possibilities of organising cultural events, with the discovery of the authentic Montmartre district or even world-famous places such as the Louvre Museum, the Pompidou Centre or a trip to the heights of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy a dazzling panorama of the City of Light.
Lyon, the attractive city of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
The attractiveness of the city of Lyon is no longer to be proven and it benefits from a strategic location in the heart of the Rhone Valley. Easily accessible by TVG from cities such as Paris, Marseille and Geneva, and also with a major airport, its Confluence district is an excellent base for the organisation of a company seminar. In this part of the conurbation, which is a model of dynamism and modernity, the hotel offer for corporate events and business meetings is important. There is nothing better to recharge one's batteries than to discover Vieux Lyon, one of the largest Renaissance-style complexes on the European continent, or to spend an evening at the theatre in the picturesque Croix-Rousse district. On sunny days, you can always enjoy a picnic with your colleagues in the pleasant and vast Tête d'Or park
London, a professional getaway in a teeming metropolis
Planning a seminar in London? The British capital is only 2.5 hours from Paris by train and is easily accessible to the many major French cities with airports. It has numerous seminar and conference rooms and Groupcorner also highlights the diversity of seminar hotels that can accommodate companies. Thus, a team building convention in London appears to be an ideal approach to create social cohesion between the employees of a company. Among the activities offered by the city, musical workshops in the West End, boarding a Thames Rocket to travel the Thames at high speed or visiting the main monuments, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London and free museums, British Museum, National Gallery or the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Barcelona, working time under the Mediterranean sun
Barcelona has everything you need to make a corporate seminar a pleasant experience. First of all, it is important to highlight the different hotels that provide meeting rooms for working hours. But the real advantage is that this is done in a setting that offers a real change of scenery. What better way to motivate employees than to offer them a destination where between two meetings or conferences you can include a visit to the Gothic Quarter, a tour of Gaudi's splendours such as Casa Batlló and Casa Milà and the inevitable Parc Güell. Not forgetting the times at Barceloneta beach, easily accessible from the city centre, and the lively evenings in the Port Olympique district. A seminar in Barcelona perfectly combines work, festive times, all under the sun, and that's good for the morale of the teams
Toulouse, the charms of the Pink City
Toulouse is a sunny city, with a rich heritage, and offers atypical places for the organization of a seminar. Via Groupcorner, the teams can put their suitcases down for a few days in a guest house, a private mansion, a 4-star hotel or a business hotel with several seminar rooms. In their free time, employees can enjoy the fervour of a student town that is home to an exceptional architectural heritage, such as the Saint-Sernin Basilica and the Jacobins Convent. It is also an opportunity to schedule visits to key places such as the Cité de l'espace and the Les Abattoirs Museum of Contemporary Art. What better way to get some fresh air and recharge your batteries between meetings than to meet up with your colleagues in the peaceful Jardin des Plantes or on the banks of the Canal du Midi.
Amsterdam, seminar in a picturesque city
Amsterdam is the fifth largest business city in Europe. This means that there is no lack of infrastructure for companies wishing to organise a seminar in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital can be reached by train in 3h20 from Paris and it takes 1 to 2 hours by plane from the French cities that serve it. In this cosmopolitan city which is a real economic hub, many hotels are equipped with the latest technology for holding corporate events. In order to suit all budgets, the city also boasts a good number of youth hostels. During the decompression time of a seminar in Amsterdam, participants enjoy a capital city on a human scale, the canals and the architectural beauty of picturesque districts such as De Pijp and Grachtengordel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's also a city that is sure to liven up company evenings with its many bars, restaurants, cultural venues and the unmistakable brown cafés
Lille, settling down as a team in La Belle du Nord
Lille is one of the most dynamic cities in the North of France. By surfing on Groupcorner, it is possible to find the ideal location for a seminar whatever the size of the company and the number of participants. The city offers private mansions, coworking areas, conference rooms where to hold professional events. In addition to finding a large number of establishments suitable for welcoming companies and their employees, it offers a pleasant setting for rest periods. Thus, you can take a leisurely stroll along the Old Stock Exchange to see a group of Flemish Renaissance buildings, you can pass by the art galleries and restaurants of Old Lille, taking the time to contemplate the emblematic red brick façades and you can end a long working session in the evening with a good beer with colleagues on the Grand'Place
Nantes, the call of the Great West
Nantes is one of the most important cities in the North-West, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. With an airport situated 12 kilometres away and an economic dynamism connected with the port trade of the past and industries present for many years, it is not surprising to find there a wide hotel offer totally adapted to the reception of company employees for a conference, a seminar or even a team building convention. Nantes has everything you need for a charming getaway between working sessions at the hotel: a beautiful historical heritage, as reflected in the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral and the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, exceptional cultural sites such as the Lu tower with its exhibitions and shows, and finally several districts where life abounds, such as Bouffay with its many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy seafood and other delicacies
Strasbourg, a setting apart
Strasbourg is connected to other major French cities by train and by the Strasbourg-Entzheim airport located only 10 kilometres from the city centre. As the capital of Europe, it has a strong dynamism and is unquestionably a destination of character for the organisation of a company seminar. The hotel offer includes hotels equipped with conference and work rooms and youth hostels at affordable rates for those who decide to rent a room that does not include accommodation. At lunchtime, what better way to make time to discover the charms of the city than by going for a stroll in the Petite France district and its canals or in the historic centre, which has retained its medieval charm of yesteryear. And a business seminar in Strasbourg can also be a perfect opportunity to discover how the European institutions (European Parliament, Council of Europe...) work, an expedition from which one always comes back with valuable knowledge
Deauville, the chic coastal town of Normandy
For companies that want to do something original and offer a destination that combines charm, chic and a marine atmosphere, then Deauville is the best option. In this seaside resort renowned for its American Film Festival, charming seminar hotels, estates and some of the names of major hotel groups provide meeting rooms and accommodation. The advantage of Deauville is that it is a town where you can easily walk to stroll for a few moments in the Vieux Deauville and its half-timbered houses or go to the beach and its famous colourful parasols. During a team building, activities such as evenings at the casino, a half-day thalassotherapy session or a moment at the Deauville-La Touque racecourse and its races which take place all year round can only contribute to strengthening team cohesion and motivation