Lyon: new developments

As the second most popular French city after Paris for hosting meetings and events, Lyon is continually investing in its C&I facilities. C&IT takes a look at new developments in 2013 and what's in store for 2014.

In May, Flybe launched daily weekday flights to Lyon from Birmingham, while Eurostar served Lyon on selected outbound services from London King's Cross (a temporary service which ran until the end of June). In April, the French National Rails Service launched a high-speed, low-cost train service across several French destinations, including Lyon. 

On the hotel front, there are plans to build two four-star business hotels in the Lyon Part-Dieu railway station area. The Crown Plaza Lyon-Cite International is expected to open at the end of this year, while Canabae, a four-star floating hotel with 16 rooms, is scheduled to open next year, located on the River Rhone. Hotels opened this year include the 80-room Hotel Carlton Lyon, part of the MGallery brand, which offers two meeting rooms catering for between 8 to 16 people. 

For entertaiment options, look no further than the many restaurants and bars across the city. Some of the more popular nightspots include Le Charles, located in Rue Merciere, one of Lyon's best known streets, and L'Antre Autre, which has a room available for hire. 

Visit C&IT's Lyon Destination Guide here. 

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