Atout France celebrates 15 years of French Affairs in Chicago

Press release

The 15th edition of Atout France’s largest trade show for tour operators will take place in Chicago from Sunday, October 28 through Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel.

With major developments in 2019— Atout France is expecting close to 39 French exhibitors, 64 American tour operators and 14 Industry related professionals. This major French travel industry event with seminars, workshops and a two-day trade show allows for new B2B opportunities and packages, and to share updates on France and to update French participants the expectations of American clients.

A special event for area travel agents will be held on Tuesday, October 30, beginning at 4:00pm with a tradeshow with the French exhibitors, followed by a cocktail and special dinner hosted by Club Med to showcase their major news on Club Med Ski resorts in France.

Among the key French exhibitors tour operators and travel agents will meet are the New Aquitaine (Aquitaine, Limousin, Poitou-Charentes), the Loire Valley & Normandy Tourism Boards, who have major news for 2019—the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 500th anniversary of the French Renaissance, as well as the Burgundy and Auvergne-Rhone-Alps regions and the business class only airline La Companie and Rail Europe.

Another French Affairs highpoint for suppliers and tour operator is the Gala dinner on Monday, October 29 during which the French Affairs awards are announced. The award categories are: Best Online Tour Operator, Best Niche Tour Operator, Best Regional Tour Operator, Most Active Partner and of course Best Tour Operator of the Year voted by Consumers—won last year by Viking River Cruises and Best Tour Operator of The Year voted by the Trade which last year was Travel Bound.

For professionals wishing to attend French Affairs’ the travel agents—only event and Club Med dinner contact Nathalie Poto, Leisure Marketing Manager @

About French Affairs

French Affairs is the largest gathering of American tour operators and French travel industry suppliers from regional and city tourism boards, incoming agencies, hotel groups, transportation companies and cultural institutions in the United States. French Affairs is organized by Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency.

About Atout France

Atout France, the France Tourism Development Agency, is the sole national organization responsible for the development and promotion of tourism to France. As an association of public and private interests, Atout France is charged with supporting tourism to France and assisting its partners internationally through its network of offices in around 30 countries. Atout France is also responsible for assisting regions, counties, towns and cities in the development and modernization of their tourism assets, as well as for administering France’s new hotel rating system.


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