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La Cité - Sustainable Development

Throughout the 50 years of its existence, the Cité Hôtels Group and its staff members have participated regularly in the social and economic life of our Citadel.

The following are some examples of our involvement and commitment:


Through the participation of our Managing Director, the Cité Hôtels Group is present at the Carcassonne-Castelnaudary-Limoux Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in the Hotel Industry Union (the UMIH) as well as in Carcasssonne’s Municipal Tourist Office.

Our management team holds various positions in the Young Business Leaders Centre, on the board of the Bank of France in Aude, in the Carcassonne Hoteliers Club, as well as the Platform of Local Initiative.

Christine Pujol, Eric Bivent, Jérôme Ryon et Georges Gracia are active members of the Universal Academy of the Cassoulet and the Prosper Montagné Club. Both these organizations work towards promoting our culinary heritage.

We are also proud to sponsor rugby in Carcassonne and to support our local teams, the ASC XIII (French Champion and winner of the French Cup in 2012) and the USC XV, 6th in the French Championships in Pro D2. Both these teams regularly hold festive events at our properties.

Each winter finds us at the four corners of the earth in workshops organized by Atout France, to promote Aude, our département, and Carcassonne our town with its Citadel. In the winter of 2012-2013, the round of workshops includes India, Australia, Japan, Russia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In the winter of 2011-2012, we hosted a variety of cultural performances, such as “Caricassonne”, the first Caricature Festival held in Carcassonne. A one-woman play was performed in our cosy lounge by the fireplace as well as a Showcase concert featuring the Australian singer-musician, C. W. Stoneking. For the fourth time, Hôtel de la Cité had the privilege of welcoming Nagui, the presentor and his Taratata team, in their exciting star-studded show for the Fête de la Musique.

In that same winter season, Hôtel de la Cité carried out refurbishment of its guest rooms and donated mattresses, blankets and bed linen to the charity association Terre d’Espérance.

Our staff members are also involved in training schemes: supervising trainees and apprentices from hotel schools in their work placement periods; giving courses; officiating as examiners for professional bodies – all with the intention of passing on our experience, attitude and know-how to the upcoming generation. We also accept trainees in related professions such as accountancy, communications and IT. In 2012, we took on XXX students in work placements and 17 others on apprenticeships and professional training contracts. The success rate for the graduates in 2012 was 100%.

We work with the following hotel schools and training institutes:

Ecole de la Deuxième Chance
Centre de Formation d’Adultes Carcassonne
Centre de Formation d’Adultes Béziers
Centre de Formation d’Adultes Lézignan Corbières
Lycée Professionnel Charles Cros in Carcassonne
Lycée Hôtelier in Saint Chély d’Apcher
Lycée Hôtelier Quercy Périgord in Souillac
Lycée Hôtelier Savoir Léman in Thonon Les Bains
Lycée Hôtelier in Toulouse
Lycée Hôtelier in Illkirch
Lycée Hôtelier in Talence
Lycée Professionnel in Mazamet
Lycée Professionnel in Béziers
Institut de Formation Vatel