On Thursday November 23, the Board of Directors of Paris je t'aime - Office de Tourisme elected a former top-level sportsman, committed to the ecological transition, as President of the association, at the suggestion of the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
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Pierre Rabadan succeeds Jean-François Rial, who continues to support the tourism industry as an advisor to the Board. His unwavering commitment to a more virtuous tourism and to a culture of beauty has enabled the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, since 2021, to breathe new life into its activities, involving all its professionals. Under his leadership, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has become "Paris je t'aime". Jean-François Rial is stepping down due to his many professional commitments.
With the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games just a few months away, Pierre Rabadan's election is a testament to the challenges ahead. His commitment to hosting Games that are as responsible as they are inclusive, leaving a tangible legacy for the region, is an asset for the promotion and attractiveness of the capital.
Hospitality and the visitor experience will be among Pierre Rabadan's top priorities, which he will be keen to implement alongside Corinne Menegaux, General Manager of Paris je t'aime, through increasingly sustainable tourism, involving both professionals and Parisians.
"I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in me, and pay tribute to the commitment and hard work of Jean-François Rial. I am committed to this new responsibility, as the stakes are high for our city and its metropolis, particularly in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We will continue to make Paris shine by welcoming the world, with more responsible tourism that meets ecological challenges and benefits the whole of Paris and its inhabitants." Pierre Rabadan, President of Paris je t'aime
Pierre Rabadan joined the Cabinet of the Mayor of Paris in 2015 as Sports Adviser (in charge of Paris' bid for the Olympic Games). In July 2020, he was elected to the Paris City Council with responsibility for Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games; from 2021, he will also be in charge of the Seine. He is a Paris councillor, a metropolitan councillor and a member of the Eiffel Tower Board of Directors.