Recognized for its gastronomy and premium wine estate, Bordeaux offers the best environment for a first class management curriculum in the thriving hotel & tourism industry.
The unique Bordeaux art of living
A combination of splendid architecture, numerous cultural influences, world-famous vineyards, fine food and a temperate climate attracts about 3 million visitors a year to Bordeaux. The city has maintained its enviable and unique lifestyle despite an outstanding, far-reaching urban development program.
By 2017, thanks to a new high speed train link, Bordeaux will be only 2 hours from the heart of Paris.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The historic city center and riverside were completely renovated starting in 2007. Old cellars were transformed into trendy bars and flamboyant 18th century buildings were renovated and preserved. Thanks to tremendous efforts, the city of Bordeaux was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also qualified as a “City of Art and History” by the French government in 2009.
Gastronomy & Nightlife
Nightlife in Bordeaux naturally owes its colourful, festive atmosphere to the region’s outstanding range of wines and delicious local cuisine. The prestigious Bordeaux vineyards, the largest fine wine producing area in the world, have flourished ever since the Middle Ages. Bordeaux cuisine also features very high standards, with superb seafood as well as a variety of cakes and sweets with evocative names (canelés, praslines de Blaye, croquants de l’estuaire, etc.).
People in Bordeaux do not wait for the weekend to have a good time. Thursday evening is a traditional time for enjoying nightlife. Once the sun goes down, streets in the city centre
and along the river are filled with a festive spirit. Everywhere you look, there are restaurants, sidewalk cafés, wine cellars, music bars and trendy nightclubs.
Events in Bordeaux
Bordeaux celebrates its wines and its river in alternate years. Every month of June since 1998, the banks of the Garonne (Bordeaux’s “Port of the Moon”) are the venue for popular festivities.
Wine, food and culture are celebrated in the presence of representatives from sister cities such as Bilbao and Hong Kong.
Some of the events to which you will be invited:
• Agora: a biennial event focused on European architecture and design
• Novart: a contemporary performing arts festival
• Quai des Sports: for urban sports such as skateboarding
• Escale du Livre: one of the six largest book fairs in France, featuring a partnership with Quebec
• Bordeaux International Fair: over 300.000 visitors a year discover the latest trends in various fields (“Home & Garden”; “Leisure”, the Aquitaine Agricultural Show” and the
• Bordeaux International Film Festival: a major event for film lovers
• Design Tour: exhibition of works by designers, up-and-coming creators, and famous artists
A green & safe city
Bordeaux is a showcase for sustainable development as applied to all fields of human activity: eco-friendly transportation, reduced automobile traffic, well-preserved of historic buildings and monuments, limited urban sprawl, etc.
For instance, the 2013 Danish Copenhagenize index ranks Bordeaux as 4th most bicycle friendly city worldwide. Ten percent of the city’s inhabitants commute by bike.
Students & and the Chartrons campus
Spread out over 430 hectares, the Chartrons campus, where Vatel Bordeaux is located, is one of the biggest in Europe.
The “Campus Chartons” association brings together 20 private institutions of higher education, including over 7,000 students from 30 different countries.