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Intercontinental le Grand Hôtel

Offering historic charm in central Paris, this luxury hotel's sumptuous rooms and suites have superb views of the world-famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. Culinary delights await at two acclaimed restaurants, Café de la Paix, with its rich cultural history, and La Verrière, set in a beautiful winter garden. With an illustrious history hosting Paris's most exclusive events, our spectacular Salon Opera ballroom has been magnificently restored to reach new heights of elegance.

Standard room prices starting from:
€ 280: Classic room
€ 305: Deluxe room

Other hotels

Hotel Sofitel Le Scribe

Standard room prices starting from:
€ 340: Run of House room

Hotel Westin

Standard room prices starting from:
€ 300: Run of House room

Getting to the venue

There are two international airports in Paris. Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly are both 50mn away from the hotel. You also have 4 train stations:

  • Paris Gare du Nord (approx : 20mn)
  • Paris Gare de Lyon (approx : 20mn)
  • Paris Gare de l’Est(approx : 30mn)


Airport transfer

Please note that transfers to the venue upon your arrival will not be provided by the FIA. However, please note that France has a very efficient public transport network and there are many taxi companies which you can use to get to the venue.

The FIA will be providing a transfer service between the conference hotel and the social event venues.

For more information on transportation in Paris click here

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Getting around in Paris

The Paris metro is the fastest and cheapest way of getting around. Trains run 5.30am-12.40am Mon-Thur, 5.30am-1.30am Fri-Sun. Individual lines are numbered, with each direction named after the last stop. Follow the orange Correspondance to change lines. Some interchanges, such as Châtelet-Les-Halles, Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and République, involve long walks. The exit (Sortie) is indicated in blue.

For more information on transportation in Paris, click here


The type of visa required to enter France depends on the duration of and reasons for the planned stay, except in the following special cases:

  • for stays of less than or not exceeding 90 days (3 months), you need to apply for a short-stay "Schengen" visa;
  • for stays exceeding 90 days (3 months) you need to apply for a long-stay visa suited to the duration of and reasons for your stay.

Once the visa holder has entered the French territory, no visa modification or change of status may be obtained. In addition, exercising a salaried occupation is subject to specific procedures that require getting a work permit prior to applying for a visa.

As regards French overseas territories, the rules applicable may differ from those applying to the territory of metropolitan France. Applicants are required to specify their destination and flight details very accurately.

For more information on visa for France, click here


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted

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Welcome desk

The welcome desk will open on Sunday 01 December at 14:00. It will be set up at the Verrière of the hotel near the Café de la Paix.

Please visit the desk upon arrival. The conference team will be available to assist you with any queries.

Opening hours

  • Sunday 1 December from 14:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 2 December from 08:00 to 18:00
  • Tuesday 3 December from 08:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 4 December from 08:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 5 December from 08:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 6 December from 7:30 to 15:00

Meals and coffee breaks


Breakfast is included in the room rate, and will be served in the hotel restaurant between 7:00 and 10:00


Lunch will be served in between 12:30 and 14:00 in the Berlioz room on the lower floor.

Coffee breaks

Coffee breaks will be provided from Monday to Friday at the conference venue.


Weather and time zone

Paris has a temperate oceanic climate, but the city is known for its unexpected rain showers which can occur at any time of year. Spring, from March to May, is the driest season in Paris but rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the other seasons. Snow is rare but the city does usually get a smattering in the winter months (December to February). Summer (June to August) temperatures are mild to warm, with average highs of 77°F (25°C) and occasional heat waves, while winters are very chilly with temperatures hovering around freezing point. The average temperatures in Paris generally range between 41°F (5°C) during winter and 68°F (20°C) in summer

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Average temperature in December: 5°C

Paris lies in the Central European Time Zone. Geneva is UTC + 1 hours during Standard Time all year long.

More practical information to prepare your trip can be found here

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