A strategic location Located in the heart of the Massif Central, today it is at the crossroads of several motorways: Major roads North/South A71 - A75 : Paris/Clermont-Ferrand/Béziers to Spain or Italy (3 hours from Paris) RN7 : Paris/Lyon Major roads West/East A72 : Clermont-Ferrand to Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Northern Europe (2 hours from Lyon) A89 : Bordeaux/Clermont-Ferrand Central Europe Atlantic route Atlantic Ocean/Central Europe RN88 : Toulouse/Lyon
Auvergne Identity Card
A dynamic, diversified economy Global leaders: Michelin, Trelleborg Industrie, Dunlop, Volvic, Limagrain, Alcan, Valeo, Safran, Siemens, Danone, LIDV groupe L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Laboratoires Merck Sharp & Dohme Chibret, and a strong network of SME/SMI Successful business sectors: Agri-business Aeronautics Nutrition/Health Materials Wood/ Cardboard/ paper Attractive region: 100 foreign companies established in the Auvergne 6,500 persons working in public and private research
Accredited training Clermont-Ferrand Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie (ENSCCF, chemistry training college ) Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, business college (Clermont-Ferrand ESC Group) Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée (IFMA, French institute of advanced mechanical engineering) Institut Supérieur d’Informatique de Modélisation et de leurs Applications (ISIMA, Higher institute for IT, modelling and their applications) Specialist schools: Centre d’enseignement des langues étrangère (CAVILAM, Foreign languages learning centre) Ecole Supérieure d’Emballage et de Packaging (ESEPAC, packaging graduate school ) Centre d’Etudes internationales en économie (CERDI, international economy studies centre), an international school which takes children from more than 30 different nationalities
Attractive living surroundings With is sprinkling of lakes and forests, Auvergne offers its visitors : the largest group of volcanoes in Europe, Vulcania, the unique European Volcano Park, two Regional Nature Parks (Auvergne Volcanoes and Livradois-Forez) more than 500 Romanesque churches, nearly 50 castles to visit along Historic Road of the Auvergne Châteaux and 10 spa towns which preserve the charms of the “Belle Époque” The wealth and variety of the landscapes are perfect for many sport and leisure activities: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hang gliding, canoeing-kayaking, swimming, cross-country and downhill skiing or snow shoeing in winter. Auvergne also means :delicious food and a fun, festive atmosphere in the friendly spirit of hospitality that is so typical of the Auvergnat people.
General statistics 1,3 million inhabitants km 2 Main City: Clermont-Ferrand ( inhabitants) Tourist statistics More than tourist beds ( commercial beds) More than 17 billions tourist nights per year (11,3 billions commercial nights) 85 % of Auvergne tourists are French. Only 15 % come from foreign countries
Auvergne regional public organizations
Regional Council of Auvergne Regional public authority, with various missions: The building and renovation of high schools as well as their maintenance, operation and equipment; Vocational training and apprenticeships. Other missions relative to a wide-ranging regional planning and development action, through which the region intervenes in a number of sectors or projects by means of State contracts or partnerships with other local government levels.
Regional Council of Auvergne In this respect, Auvergne supports: Economic development (industry, trade, crafts, agriculture, tourism) through business grants co-funding of transport-related projects (roads, airports, and railway’s) ; Cultural affairs and sports; Regional and local development Higher education and research Environment and quality of life
Regional Committee for Tourism Development Body governed by public law, non profit organization 40 employees Budget: about 5 millions euros per year Mostly funded by the Regional Council 4 departments: –Administration and services (call centre…) –Tourist promotion and marketing –Training –Engineering and development
Projects Futourism Interreg IIIC project ( ): 5 mini- projects dedicated to tourist development policies ICER Interreg IVC project as Lead Partner: public policies dedicated to the eco-investors attraction in rural area in the tourist accommodation sector Cooperation with Minas Gerais Region in Brazil: transfer of experience in the eco-accommodation sector
Project team Thomas DUCLOUTRIER, Project Manager, Head of Territorial Cooperation Vincent RABY, Policy Officer, in charge of the sustainable tourism policies and the regional Agenda 21 process Jean-François JOBERT, Tourist Development Director, specialist of tourism in natural areas (previously in the French National Tourist Development Agency) Contact details: Phone number: Fax number: