We are pleased to welcome you to this GCC 2017 conference in Montpellier, France.
Montpellier sits at the heart of the Mediterranean arc, halfway between Italy and Spain.
The Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Six regular airlines (Air France, Alitalia, Air Arabia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea) operate to and from it. In 2013, the airport features the following destinations (new destinations are likely to be available in 2015):
2 hubs in France: Paris & Lyon (450 flights to 20 countries)
1 hub in Europe: London Gatwick
Paris Orly: 5 daily flights
Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nantes, Strasbourg: 4 daily flights
Lille, Lyon, Roma: 3 daily flights
London Gatwick: 2 daily flights
Frankfort: 4 weekly flights
Brussels, Casablanca, Nador: 3 weekly flights
Fes: 2 weekly flights
The airport is 10 kilometers from Montpellier center (15 minutes drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 25€, and the cost of the shuttle is around 5 €. More information on Montpellier's airport
High-speed train (TGV): 15 direct high speed trains are operating daily from downtown Paris (3h ½) and 5 daily direct high-speed trains from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (4 hours). The train station is located downtown Montpellier near the Corum and most of the hotels. There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc. More information on SNCF trains
Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (around 700 kms). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.
The weather in Montpellier is usually very good .... For further details, please see link:
As well as one of France's top Conference Centres, it also houses the Berlioz Opera House, known for its excellent acoustics and its National Orchestra.
more about The Corum
The Corum is located in the historic center of Montpellier. At the foot of Corum is one of the main stops of public transport in the city served by three of the four lines of the Montpellier tramway and several bus lines. A shuttle bus connects the airport to corum in 15 min (line 120, “Place de l’Europe”). The train station is 10 minutes walk or 5 minutes by tram (line 1 and 2).
Tramway & buses
Montpellier offers a comprehensive network of buses and trams, available from 5 am to 1 am. Information on Montpellier local transports (TAM).
The tramway “ligne 1”, decorated in blue with white swallows, connects the northern part of the city with the Odysseum terminal on the southeast side. The “ligne 2”, decorated in a flower-power theme, goes from east to west. The colorful “ligne 3”, designed by the famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix, goes from west to east, arriving near the seaside at Perols. From there, you can rent a bike or take a short walk (around 20 minutes) to get to the beach. The golden “ligne 4”, also designed by Christian Lacroix, serves only downtown.
About 30 bus lines are connected to the tramway lines to offer a comprehensive network that will transport you around Montpellier.
Vélomagg bicycle service
The Vélomagg' service offers bicycles with flexible and inexpensive solutions.
For your riding pleasure, 50 automatic bike stations with over 2,000 bicycles are available in Montpellier and the Agglomeration area. Service is open 24/7. All you need is personal identification and you can rent a bicycle to ride the streets of the city and outlying area. You can buy tickets at the Esplanade bike station (next to Montpellier Tourist Office)
Also available upon call, or at the railway station, or the Comédie station.
With a hotel capacity of nearly 6,500 rooms in the Montpellier Agglomeration, a wide choice in accommodations is available to the participants. In the Montpellier heart of city, 2-3 stars category hotels offer a real variety of services able to meet all expectations (between 90 euros and 140 euros per night). Le Crowne Plaza, the new 4* hotel in Montpellier is ideally located in front of Le Corum with direct access gateway.
Participants will be able to book accommodation using the online system of the Tourism Office of Montpellier. Lowest rates have been negotiated between Agropolis International (Cirad) and some hotels (see annex 1 : Lodging). They will be available when booking these hotels direction by phone or email (not available on their booking web sites)
The city has also 5,000 student housing located along the tram network. We have negotiated low cost lodging with the CROUS (The Regional Centre of University and School Works), to propose student housings for a very fair price. Participants will have access to recently renovated rooms at a price of 19 euros per night plus a 2,97 euros "à la française" breakfast.
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