Wikimania 2013 bids/Toulouse

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Wikimania 2013 candidate cities:

Final Candidate Cities: Hong Kong | London

Other Candidate Cities: Surakarta | Bristol | Naples

Conference venue[edit]

  • The Congress Centre is a 6-floor building
  1. Main hall: a 500 seats auditorium
  2. Seminar rooms: 26
  3. Lounge facilities: Several lounge facilities available, including one dedicated to caterers.
  4. Other rooms (organisation, staff, speakers, interviews/press, storage):
  • Socializing areas (Garden, lounge etc.), their capacity and the hours at which they are opened/closed:
  • Contacts with conference venue (emails, price quotes etc.)
  • Technical facilities
    • Existing technical installations
      (on site Audio-visual...)
    • Wireless Network implementation
(existing? to be built? easiness of implementation?)


  • Location of main accommodation facilities, Room details and price range
    • Hostel "La Petite Auberge de Compostelle" (around 450m/ 6 min by foot from the venue), up to 48 beds.
    • Hostel in Jolimont (around 15 min by foot from the venue), up to 115 beds, around 20€ per night. Wifi in all the hostel.
    • Student dormitories, around 10-15 € per night or 70 € for a full week.
    • Lots of 2 to 4 stars hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Congress Center
(What's the accommodation like? Dorms, B&B, Hotel? Singles, doubles? How much does it cost per person and per day?)
  • Catering (one meal a day, breakfast is a plus)
(Where do we eat, how much it costs)
  • Contacts with accommodation partner(s)
We are in contact with So Toulouse, a public/private organism dedicated to promote Toulouse as an international congress hosting city.

Party opportunities[edit]

Wikimania traditionally hosts two parties, one for attendees (capacity of 250-350) and one for sponsors and VIPs (capacity 40-60).

  • Attendees party(ies) propositions
(location, how to get there, what's cool and relaxed about it)
  • Sponsor party(ies) proposition
(location, how to get there, what's chic and high profile about it)

Travel and transportation[edit]

  • From Paris (Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle), there is a flight every 30 minutes, which costs around 100 € and lasts 50 minutes.
  • Estimation of travel costs from all continents (prices include the return flight) :
    • Direct flights from most of European airports:
      • From London: around 300 € (via EasyJet it drops to 100-150 €)
      • From Frankfurt: around 150-200 €
    • From outside Europe:
      • From Delhi: around 700 €
      • From New-York: around 900 €
      • From San Francisco : around 1000 €
      • From Tokyo: around 1500 €
      • From Buenos Aires : around 1500 €
  • Distance from international airport(s) and how do we get to the location: The Congress center is at about 15 minutes by car from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
  • Local transportation and local social opportunities
(Wikimania usually does not offer dinner. What are the surroundings of the location like? Lots of restaurants and places to hang out? What is the local transportation like?)


The Congress Center is in a recently built area of Toulouse, the Quartier Compans Caffarelli pictures on Commons, pictures on Flickr. There are few restaurants in the immediate area. The Congress Center is 30s away from an underground station. Toulouse hyper-center is two stations away (or 20min by foot), and another restaurant/café/pub-full area is four stations away.

Local transportation[edit]

  • Congress center is 30s away from the first stop of the airport shuttle. (5€ for a one-way ticket, one each 20 minutes, 15 minutes of travel).
  • Congress center is 30s away from an underground station and a bus station. The underground works from 5 AM to midnight ( 1AM on friday and saturday nights). Website of the local underground/bus system, in Frenc only.
  • Congress center is 30s away from a bicycle sharing scheme. Bicycle sharing scheme works 24/7. map of the stations. It costs 5€ to use the system for seven days, with first 30 minutes free, second 30 minutes costing 0.50€ and then 1€/hour (prices in French).

Visa challenges[edit]

EU (Schengen) visa lists      EU member states     Special visa-free provisions (Schengen treaty, OCT or other)     Visa-free access to the EU for 90 days - annex II countries     Visa required to enter the EU - annex I countries      Visa-status unknown

France is a member country of the European Union. This means that all citizens of EU member states with a valid travel document (passport or European ID card) are allowed to travel freely within France for up to 3 months. Citizens of other states may need Schengen visa, see the map for quick reference.

All the countries below have visa-free access to the EU for at least 90 days.

Icons-flag-ad.png Andorra
Icons-flag-ar.png Argentina
Icons-flag-au.png Australia
Icons-flag-at.png Austria*
Icons-flag-bs.png Bahamas
Icons-flag-be.png Belgium*
Icons-flag-br.png Brazil
Icons-flag-bg.png Bulgaria*
Icons-flag-ca.png Canada
Icons-flag-cl.png Chile
Icons-flag-cr.png Costa Rica
Icons-flag-hr.png Croatia
Icons-flag-cy.png Cyprus*
Icons-flag-cz.png Czech Republic*
Icons-flag-dk.png Denmark*
Icons-flag-sv.png El Salvador
Icons-flag-ee.png Estonia*
Icons-flag-fi.png Finland*
Icons-flag-fr.png France*
Icons-flag-de.png Germany*
Icons-flag-gr.png Greece*
Icons-flag-gt.png Guatemala
Icons-flag-hn.png Honduras
Icons-flag-hu.png Hungary*
Icons-flag-ie.png Ireland*
Icons-flag-il.png Israel
Icons-flag-it.png Italy*
Icons-flag-jp.png Japan
Icons-flag-lv.png Latvia*
Icons-flag-li.png Liechtenstein
Icons-flag-lt.png Lithuania*
Icons-flag-lu.png Luxembourg*
Icons-flag-mk.png Macedonia
Icons-flag-my.png Malaysia
Icons-flag-mt.png Malta*
Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico
Icons-flag-mc.png Monaco
Icons-flag-nl.png Netherlands*
Icons-flag-nz.png New Zealand
Icons-flag-ni.png Nicaragua
Icons-flag-no.png Norway
Icons-flag-pa.png Panama
Icons-flag-py.png Paraguay
Icons-flag-pl.png Poland*
Icons-flag-pt.png Portugal*
Icons-flag-ro.png Romania*
Icons-flag-sm.png San Marino
Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore
Icons-flag-sk.png Slovakia*
Icons-flag-si.png Slovenia*
Icons-flag-kr.png Republic of Korea
Icons-flag-es.png Spain*
Icons-flag-se.png Sweden*
Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland
Icons-flag-uk.png United Kingdom*
Icons-flag-us.png United States
Icons-flag-uy.png Uruguay
Icons-flag-va.png Vatican City State
Icons-flag-ve.png Venezuela

* - EU member states

Tourism opportunities[edit]

  • Toulouse itself
    • Museums
      • Musée Saint-Raymond, 15 minutes walk from the congress center. (Antiquities)
      • Natural history museum ("gardens of the museum" 4 underground stations + 10 minutes walk away from the congress center, the main museum 6 undeground stations + 5 minutes walk away). Lot of contacts with the museum (wikiworshops hosted in the museum, agreement signed for pictures of the collections by Wikimedian).
  • Carcassonne: medieval walled city, UNESCO World Heritage Site, 85km.
  • Albi: episcopal city, UNESCO World Heritage Site, 70km.
  • Cité de l'espace - City of Space: theme park

Local sponsorship opportunities[edit]

Possibility of local sponsorships

  • Contacts
(no name needed, just "company X, 4000 USD or will provide 300 beds)

Local team[edit]

The Wikimedia community in Toulouse is one of the most active in France, with strong attendance at our regularly held meet-ups, and has achieved an official partnership between Wikimédia France and the municipality of Toulouse.


Anything you feel should be brought to the attention of the jury.


  • Weaknesses of the proposed location ...and how to overcome those weaknesses
  1. Weakness 1
    Solution 1
  2. Weakness 2
    Solution 2
  • Strengths of the proposed location
  1. Strength 1
  2. Strength 2