Paris joins fight to host WTC2017 30 Apr 2014
Peter Kenyon, TunnelTalk
Paris in France joins Bergen, Norway, and Amsterdam, Holland, as a contender to host WTC2017.
The famous city announced its intention to bid about two years ago, and further details were submitted to TunnelTalk this week as the countdown continues to this year’s event at Iguassu Falls, Brazil, where a final decision will be made.
CNIT Conference Centre

CNIT Conference Centre

Grand Paris Express vision

Grand Paris Express vision

The French bid is being coordinated by AFTES - the French Tunnelling and Underground Space Association – which cites hosting an international conference every three years as evidence of its ability to organize a quality event. The last time the country hosted the WTC was in 1981 - some 33 years ago – in Nice on the French Riviera.
“The launch of the €28 billion Grand Paris Express project, which comprises 200km of metro lines, more than 150km of which is underground, and 72 underground stations over a 20-year development period, is an excellent opportunity for AFTES to welcome the 2017 ITA General Assembly,” said Yann Leblais, President of AFTES. The theme of the conference would be “Cities Underground: sharing and integration,” added Leblais.
“The lectures will focus on knowledge and techniques capable of creating people-friendly underground spaces and cities extending below the ground. Learning together and sharing what we learn are core values for all of us at AFTES,” said Leblais.
The venue selected by the French organising team is the CNIT Conference Centre in Paris, with the event scheduled for May 8-11. In addition to the technical programme of events, there is space for a large-scale trade exhibition and sponsors will be arranging events inside a so-called “innovation area” to provide insights into their fields of expertise, technology, products and equipment.
Netherlands joins race to host WTC2017 - TunnelTalk, April 2014
Norway launches bid to host WTC2017 - TunnelTalk, April 2014

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