France is known for its savoir-faire in varied sectors that include luxury goods, gastronomy, crafts, energy and aeronautics. Visiting a company’s factory or workshop allows the visitor to see what’s involved in the crafting or manufacturing of these high-quality products. It is a type of tourism which is fresh, authentic, and a way to meet dedicated people and to share in their culture of excellence.
“Entreprises et Découvertes” is an association of 450 members featuring the best businesses in many different economic sectors and the regional entities that support them. They have been selected for their excellence, the will and aptitude to welcome foreign visitors and the quality of their tours. The reputation of the brand often symbolizes a particular region. Through their website, Entreprises et Découvertes presents a wide range of businesses that represent the diversity of the French savoir-faire.
“Industrial tourism is a French speciality. No other country has such a diverse offering (over 2,000 businesses from all industries), spread across the entire country and brought together under the Entreprise et Découverte umbrella. This sector has strong appeal with foreign audiences,” but few are aware that they can visit these emblematic sites.
The brochure below or the website detail what every region of France and some locations in Overseas France have to offer. Visitors will be able to discover locations such as the dam & Génissia power plant of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps, two rum distilleries in Martinique, or the exceptional Calisson makers in Aix-en-Provence, the Saint-James textile workshop or the pins & needles Bohin manufacturer and its museum in Normandy or the two Airbus facilities and assembly line—one in Toulouse, Occitania, the other in Saint-Nazaire, Western Loire.