Jean-François Rial has been elected new Chairman of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. He will take over from Pierre Schapira, who is coming to the end of his second term (which began on 3 December 2014). The election took place on Wednesday 24 March, on the recommendation of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Frédéric Hocquard, her deputy responsible for tourism.
Pierre Schapira will continue to lend his support to tourism operators in his capacity as a bureau adviser. As Chairman, he increased the diversity of the capital's tourism offering over a larger area.
According to Paris CVB, the election of Jean-François Rial points to the general trends of a tourism that now (more than ever in these unprecedented times) needs to rethink itself completely. „For this figurehead of the ecological transition, the challenge facing us is a priority.“
Jean-François Rial, born 1963, studied statistics at the Institut Supérieur de l’Université Paris VI, while at the same time qualifying as an actuary. At 25 years old he became Managing Director of Fininfo, a company listed on the unlisted securities market of the Paris Stock Exchange. In 1996 he took over Voyageurs du Monde.
Jean-François Rial also baecame Chairman of the Refettorio Paris charity, founded by chef Massimo Bottura and artist JR, committed to raising people's awareness of the need to tackle food wastage through social inclusion.