<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>Business tourism in Lyon</STRONG>, despite having suffered from the economic downturn, <STRONG>has risen slightly according to sales figures</STRONG>. In a sector which has been affected by the economic crisis, <A title="" href="http://www.eurexpo.com/" target=_blank>Eurexpo</A> and the <A title="" href="http://www.ccc-lyon.com/" target=_blank>Lyon Congress Centre</A>, both run by the group <STRONG><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/adm1n/editor/www.gl-events.com/" target=_blank>GL events</A></STRONG></STRONG>, have managed to pull through. </P> <P align=justify><BR>According to Anne-Marie Baezner, Managing Director of the group, their progress has been achieved thanks to the arrival of low-costs flights at <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/reseau-transport/st-exupery-lyon-airport-business,p,22,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon&#8217;s Saint-Exup&#233;ry Airport</A>, the opening of a new connection between Lyon and Dubai and a policy initiative by tourism institutions and stakeholders since 2007 known as <EM>&#8220;Lyon Welcome Attitude&#8221;.</EM>&nbsp; </P> <P align=justify><BR>The Congress centre will soon be hosting some large events, such as the Energy Class Factory, an event which will focus on improving energy efficiency in factories and large infrastructures for professionals on the 11th December 2013, or the International Convention of Librarians (which will attract 4000 participants next year). Eurexpo will host the Classe Export trade fair on the 26th and 27th November, which will bring together all the public and private partners capable of enabling businesses to succeed with their international initiatives.&nbsp; </P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>Lyon is the city that generates the most revenue from business tourism after Paris</STRONG>. Over the course of the first semester of 2013, Eurexpo and the Lyon Congress Centre made &#8364;36 billion in sales, an increase of 11% on 2011 and 18% compared with 2009.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp; <BR></P> <P align=justify><BR><BR>&nbsp;</P>