3. About Greater Paris Paris has a rich experience of Expos, as the city organised five World Expos in the 19th Century (1855, 1867, 1878, 1889, 1900), and in 1937 organised the “International Exhibition of Arts and Technology in Modern Life”. Each of these Expos sparked moments of extraordinary synergy. Many visitors to France, the world’s number one tourist destination, still visit famous monuments bequeathed by these Expos, including the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and the Trocadéro esplanade. Nowadays, Paris has transformed itself to adapt to the challenges of the contemporary world. The city has created and adopted modern governance and administrative structures within a dynamic region that is the economic heart of metropolitan France. The Île-de-France region, with Paris as its capital, boasts leading-edge infrastructure and a dense and efficient transport network that makes it possible to consider, with confidence, welcoming a global mega-event on the scale of a World Expo.