Chief Executive Officer
Tourism is France’s largest industry, and as the CEO of France’s tourism development organization, Christian Mantei works to keep it that way by providing development and marketing assistance to the country’s towns and regions. While Atout France promotes all of France, Mantei is especially focused on developing new regions for travel. Says Mantei, “The main point of arrival remains Paris and the Ile-de-France and if we want to gain market share, we have to offer more destinations.”
Mantei also heads up efforts to attract more general tourism to France – both recreational and business travel, including encouraging members of international professional organizations to hold their conferences and meetings in France. Prior to his work at Atout France, Mantei spent years in tourism marketing, both for the French government, where he served in positions including General Manager of the Tourist Office and Convention Bureau; and at his own consulting agency.