We have gained a thorough knowledge of the destination and built a strong and loyal relationship with our suppliers.
Lafayette, a full service Destination Management Company
François Gailliard co-founded Lafayette Travel in 1986 with an esteemed, now defunct, colleague from the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Industry.
He started Lafayette Travel with a few shareholders, over time expanding from a single office in Paris to a company with over 35 permanent staff and branch offices in Monaco, Cannes, Strasbourg and Marseille. This geographical expansion became a high priority to counter the worldwide diplomatic and economic turmoil starting in 2001 and exacerbated by the 2008 financial crisis in the US. This expansion tactic has proven to be more than sound.
Lafayette is the French specialist for Conventions, Meetings, Congresses and Incentive programs in France and Monaco. We also have an FIT department (Virtuoso) for your VIP private requests.
With more than 30 years in hospitality and business tourism management, François and his handpicked team have thrived in meeting -- and exceeding! -- The requests of the most demanding clients from nearly every walk of industry, cementing their loyalty to Lafayette through repeat business and referrals.
François Gailliard - Founder and CEO of Lafayette Group
An university graduate with a degree in social sciences, once his studies completed, François was bitten by the travel bug, and spent time travelling the world. He finally settled down in Paris, and took his first steps in tourism as a chauffeur for important international VIPs. He eventually worked up to director level in a travel agency, but soon realized that he could only truly thrive by owning and running his own business.
François is a regular attendee at all the important MICE trade shows held in America, Australia and Europe. These industry showcases are the stage for making and renewing sales contacts. Fluent in English and Spanish, François’ leisure activities are rich and diverse. When not playing golf he can be found indulging in his lifelong passion for modern art at any of the galleries and museums of Paris or elsewhere around the world.
An inveterate storyteller with 30+ years of material to draw from, François will regale you with his humorous and energetic telling of his experiences. One of the many reasons he is an admired and respected CEO of Lafayette Group.