The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry ("CCIP") and the Unibail-Rodamco Group announce today, in the presence of Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Economy, Finance and Employment Minister, as well as Mr. Luc Chatel, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Tourism, the final signature of the agreement allowing the actual merger of their activities in the Convention-Exhibitions sector, regarding ownership and management of the venues as well as the organisation of exhibitions.
This signature marks the achievement of a merger process initiated last year and authorised, after approval of the French Competition Authorities ("Conseil de Concurrence" with Official Bulletin of 6 December 2007), by the Economy, Finance and Employment Ministry and published in the "Journal Officiel" of 25 January 2008.
As of now, the management of the convention-exhibitions venues will take place under the new and sole brand name: VIPARIS.
VIPARIS: the new owner and manager of the convention-exhibitions venues in the Paris region
VIPARIS represents a European and world leader in the convention-exhibitions sector with nine important venues in the Paris region, all benefiting from a unique and complementary location with a total dedicated exhibition surface of 575,000 m².
The venues in question are:
- for the CCIP: Palais des Congr