For 30 years, the Deauville International Convention Center has contributed to the international reputation of the famous seaside resort of Deauville with a true strategy of event development. It has been able to host a variety of events such as world political summits, festivals, seminars, conventions and trade shows… All of these events have contributed to the success of the Convention Center and have made this building a key venue for business tourism in Normandy.
Since its opening, the Deauville Convention Center has attracted a lot of attention and, starting in 1993, welcomed the automobile world with the Peugeot convention, which took place in the CID for a month. This large-scale event left its mark on people’s minds, particularly that of Bruno Villaverde, deputy general manager of the CID:
“The event that made the biggest impression on me was the launch of the 306 Peugeot, which took place from December to February 1993. It was the first major event at the Centre International de Deauville with people coming from all over the world. Only a few months after the opening, this event already highlighted the CID.
This was followed by the Renault Mégane convention in 1995, and Mercedes and BMW a few years later.
The Centre International de Deauville also welcomes the cultural world, whether it be musical, cinematographic, artistic or artisanal, and the architecture of the site lends itself perfectly to this. As early as 1993, the National Federation of French Cinemas decided to organize its event at the CID, which it renews every year. In 1995, the International Festival of Classical Music took place with the presence of Gérard Poulet and Frédéric Park. In 2007, the Centre International de Deauville hosted the exhibition of Camille Claudel, a painter and sculptor known throughout the country for her talent. The exhibition featured various works of the artist created during the 19th century. Various events will then follow one another to promote art and culture such as Créativa or Art Shopping Deauville, fairs open to the general public. Joël Daubichon tells us a memory:
“We met many artists, notably with the concerts that were organized at the Centre International de Deauville in partnership with the Barrière chain “Swing in Deauville” and radio programs: there were Ray Charles, the Beatles, Louis Bertignac, Tori Amos, Chris Isaak…
The political summits have left their mark in terms of their importance, their setting up and also their organization. In 2008, the convention center was lucky enough to be the venue for the meeting of the 27 European defense ministers to address the subject of strengthening military capabilities, but also the venue for the G8 meeting in 2011. Joël Daubichon, Technical Coordinator remembers:
“We received the inevitable G8 which was for us I would say an unusual event or we had to question everything, the ministries arrive and we must adapt to their demands. For this event, the site had been completely restructured to create lounges for the presidents who were present.
These political summits have developed the international reputation of the town and also that of the Centre International de Deauville.
The great personalities
All of these events have invited celebrities, sportsmen and women, businessmen and women, as well as political figures such as Simone Veil, Christine Lagarde and Barack Obama to gather in one place: the Centre International de Deauville. This cultural and human diversity reveals the international scope of the place but also of these events.
“I’ve been able to rub shoulders with Charles Aznavour, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone and Vanessa Paradis, all of whom are very respectful of their audiences and of the event teams,” explains Jean-François Vincent.
explains Jean-François Vincent, General Manager of C.I.D.
In order to offer its clients the best experience, simplify events and adapt to new collaborative work modes, the Deauville Convention Center has been improving its spaces on a daily basis since it opened in 1992. In 2018, the 356m² Sundance space completes the offer, dedicated for corporate events, it is fully modular. It offers a decoration with warm colors, a layout inspired by coworking space with modern furniture, and a friendly bar.
In 2020, no less than 20 sub-commission rooms have been entirely renovated, which can accommodate from 15 to 130 people, they are modular and at the cutting edge of technology: digital touch screens, audio amplifiers and speakers…
The C.I.D. — Palais des congrès de Deauville is committed to safe and sustainable events: the teams integrate the notion of “eco-responsibility” into each of their actions, and are aware of the need to support event organizers in their efforts to protect the environment. Initially certified ISO 9001, a standard focused on the quality management system, the C.I.D ‑Palais des congrès de Deauville turned in 2018 to an international standard specifically aimed at event players: ISO 20121. It is also certified Sécuri Site, Safe Congress, and has worked for the labeling of the city of Deauville “Sustainable Innovative Destination”.
- 10 key dates in pictures
From its early years, marked by the inauguration of the CID by Clint Eastwood in 1992, to the first congress of the National Federation of French Cinemas and the launch of the new Peugeot only one year after its opening, the Centre International de Deauville looks back at the key dates that have accentuated its development and international reputation.
- August 29, 1992: Inauguration of Avenue Lucien Barrière
- September 4, 1992 : Inauguration of the C.I.D. on the occasion of the 18th edition of the FCAD by Clint Eastwood
- 1999 : Festival du Film Asiatique
- 2005 : Women’s Forum
- 2006 : Le C.I.D obtient la gestion de la Villa Le Cercle
- 2011 : Sommets politiques dont le G8
- 2014 : Le C.I.D change de nom et devient le C.I.D Anne d’Ornano
- 2017 : 1ère édition du Deauville Tattoo Festival
- 2022 : School Summer Games (cérémonie d’ouverture, de clôture, restauration…
The Centre International de Deauville would like to thank all its partners and clients who, through their loyal support, make it possible to hold events at the C.I.D. — Palais des Congrès de Deauville.
Thanks to their precious trust and support, the C.I.D. is still able to work on a daily basis to ensure the smooth running and success of the biggest events year after year.
Discover 30 years of events in video: