Created in the 19th century by the Duke of Morny, Deauville has retained all of its elegance. This village of 4,000 inhabitants has managed to find the right balance between protecting its heritage and development. It is this splendor and preserved cachet that have made Deauville an internationally renowned destination, acclaimed throughout the world. Deauville is one of the most popular small towns in France.
Every year, Deauville hosts professional and public events that contribute to its reputation. Let’s rediscover the major events organized at the Deauville Convention Center, the largest infrastructure in the city of Deauville, designed to host events of national and international scope.
Major professional events organized at the CID Deauville
When it comes to business tourism, the city offers itself entirely to those who come here for an event. Its infrastructures make it a leading destination in France, the only city in Normandy that can accommodate, cater to and accommodate the work of large groups thanks to a harmony of hotel products from 5* luxury to 2*, casinos, and reception areas, all concentrated on only 4Km².
The CID convention center is at the heart of the strategy for hosting large-scale events: its 18,000m² cleverly carved out between the casino and the boards, overlooking the sea, allow the city to win major contracts, such as international summit meetings. Deauville is a destination that attracts international leaders who stay there for political summits.
World political meetings at the CID
Finance Ministers’ Meeting
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States met in Deauville in 2003, during the French presidency of the G7/G8, two weeks before the Evian summit of heads of state and government.
The G27 Defence Ministers
The 27 European Ministers of Defense met to discuss the subject of strengthening military capabilities.
Meeting of the international directors of NATO
This meeting on security bringing together Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Dimitri Medvedev aimed to strengthen EU-Russia relations. During the summit, an important decision will be taken, that of integrating Russia into the next summit of the Atlantic Alliance in Lisbon. The heads of state will indicate at the closing conference that they loved their stay in Deauville.
G8 Summit on May 26 and 27
President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed the heads of state of the most industrialized nations for the annual G8 meeting. The choice of Deauville as a destination was based on its undeniable assets: exceptional infrastructures, solid expertise in hosting international events, and a proactive tourism policy that favors hospitality, encounters and culture in a preserved setting.
The CID Deauville, an incubator for major international professional events
In the 1980s, when Deauville was running out of space for major international events, the Mayor of Deauville, Anne d’Ornano, initiated a project to build a convention center to support the dynamism of the business tourism industry.
Top Resa or the birth of the largest trade show for professional tourism
Top Resa and Deauville have been married for almost 30 years, forging the reputation of one of the largest trade shows dedicated to business tourism. From 1979 to 2007, all the professionals in the sector came to Deauville to participate in this major event.
The Women’s Forum: the most influential women in Deauville from 2005 to 2014
This forum, which is now held in Paris, Shanghai and Beijing, is a major forum for exchange and reflection for women and men from all over the world with the objective of changing the role of women in today’s societies.
IEIDC: Deauville, the world capital of equine health
The 11th edition of the World Equine Infectious Diseases Congress was held in Deauville in 2020. A choice of destination based on several important criteria.
Normandy is at the center of Europe, and travel is easy and optimized. The region is a heavyweight in the equine industry: it is the leading breeding region with no less than 115,000 horses in its territory, 18,000 direct jobs, 1 Hippolia competitiveness cluster, 5 internationally renowned research centers, and 1.3 billion in sales. In addition, the destination has an internationally renowned history and heritage, with the Allied landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944 having contributed greatly to this reputation. Finally, choosing a destination such as Normandy also facilitated one of the objectives of a scientific congress, attracting young researchers.
In the heart of Normandy, Deauville has all the infrastructures concentrated in a few square kilometers: means of transportation, a large capacity and quality of accommodation, reception areas and the congress center.
Major public events organized at CID Deauville
The Deauville American Film Festival
Created in 1975 to extend the tourist season in Deauville, the Deauville American Film Festival is still the only film event of its scale to open its doors to the general public. Over the course of 10 days, more than sixty previously unreleased films are presented to nearly 60,000 festival-goers. The Festival positions itself as a talent scout, highlighting the cinematic diversity of American independent cinema. Previews of major Hollywood productions also have their own Red Carpet, and the stars of American cinema take pleasure in having their names inscribed on the famous Deauville Booths. The Deauville American Film Festival continues to grow, sharing the artistic vision of the Cannes Film Festival: it is natural that it has opened a window on French cinema.
The Deauville Asian Film Festival from 1999 to 2014
16 years after its creation, the Deauville Asian Film Festival is taking a break. This Festival was intended to discover the diversity of Asian cinema, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Hong Kong, Iranian, Indonesian, Kazakh… It presented the greatest directors and video artists from the main countries in the Asian zone. Each year, it brings together nearly 20,000 visitors. We are proud of the artistic success of the little brother of the Deauville American Film Festival. Let’s hope that it will find the necessary funding to be reborn and make movie lovers dream again…
The Omnivore Food Festival from 2008 to 2011
In 2003, chefs from all over the world came to confront their tastes, their recipes, their vision of modern cuisine at a culinary festival: the Omnivore Food Festival. Since 2012, the Omnivore has set up shop on 4 continents, bringing together 60,000 festival-goers at each event. At the CID Deauville, we saw the birth of a French culinary UFO, it has grown up and gone international to continue dusting off and clearing the way for gastronomy!
The Deauville Tattoo Festival since 2017
350 of the most sought-after national and international artists join together in August at the Palais des Congrès in Deauville, raising the Deauville Tattoo Festival to the top of the largest tattoo conventions in France. Every year, the Deauville Tattoo Festival is acclaimed for the quality of its program, its guests and its animations. It is one of the events awaited each year by nearly 15,000 tattoo enthusiasts and fans.
The School Summer Games in Deauville, Normandy
Organized by the International School Summer Federation, the School Summer Games were held in 2022 during 10 days in 4 flagship cities on 19 sites located in Normandy in Rouen, Le Havre, Caen and Deauville. The largest international competition for high school students aged 15 to 18 years old gathered 3,500 athletes competing in 17 sports, coming from 80 nationalities. To organize this major event, 1,500 volunteers and 500 teachers and supervisors were mobilized around the UNSS Union Nationale du Sport Scolaire.
Deauville hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Badminton and Beach Volley tournaments as well as the Orienteering race. The CID Deauville was transformed into a veritable rear base, serving up to 8,500 meals per day to the athletes and the organization team: a real feat that was hailed by the organizers.
A new concept: “Art Shopping
The School Summer Games in Deauville, the event that brings together artists, galleries and the public in a single accessible art fair, offers a direct link with the artists and the opportunity to meet and exchange with them.