<P align=justify><BR><STRONG>At the end of June, Lyon officially joined the Cities of Gastronomy network</STRONG> which includes Paris-Rungis, Dijon and Tours. Lyon was almost eliminated in January, but those involved took on board the comments and objections made by the commission in order to improve the quality of their application.<BR>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Their efforts were not in vain as the city that is home to <STRONG>Paul Bocuse, one of France&#8217;s most famous chefs</STRONG>, is now one of the four places that will help to promote French cuisine internationally. Lyon&#8217;s new Cit&#233; Gastronomique is part of the large renovation project of the central Hotel Dieu building, a 17th century hospital built on the banks of the Rh&#244;ne.<BR>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>When it opens in 2017, this historic building will feature a <STRONG>Taste Tour within a 15,000 square metre space</STRONG>. Visitors will have the opportunity to <STRONG>try all kinds of local specialities and to visit a museum dedicated to the history of gastronomy</STRONG>. This project will cost &#8364;18 million, of which &#8364;6.75 million will be covered by the city authorities. The remaining &#8364;11.25 million will be covered by the Eiffage group and its partners.<BR>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>In terms of tourism,<A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/campagne-generique-fr-news-LYON-RANKS-HIGH-IN-SURVEYS-ON-ATTRACTIVENESS-,n,7287,EN.jsp" target=_blank></A><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/campagne-generique-fr-news-LYON-RANKS-HIGH-IN-SURVEYS-ON-ATTRACTIVENESS-,n,7287,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon is one of the most popular French cities </A></STRONG><STRONG>thanks to its <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/france-patrimoine/gastronomy-tourism-lyon-france-europe,p,42,EN.jsp" target=_blank>quality of life and cultural heritage</A></STRONG>, and with its new status as a City of Gastronomy it can expect a further rise in visitor numbers.<BR></P>