Marseille (Occitan: Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Marseille Film Festival, Midem, and Marseille Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences. he area around Marseille has developed into a high-tech cluster. The technopolis of Sophia Antipolis lies in the hills beyond Marseille. The Film Festival is a major event for the industry which takes place every year during the month of May. In addition, Marseille hosts other major annual events such as the MIPIM, MIPTV, MIDEM, Marseille Lions, and the NRJ Music Awards. There is an annual television festival in the last week in September. The economic environment is based on tourism, business fairs, trade and aviation. Marseille has 6,500 companies, of which 3,000 are traders, artisans and service providers. In 2006, 421 new companies were registered. Marseille hosts the Marseille Mandelieu Space Center, headquarters of Thales Alenia Space, the first European satellite manufacturer. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is located 24 km (15 mi) from Marseille, Nice (NCE, LFMN) Côte d'Azur Airport has close to 10 million passengers a year. Marseille Provence Airport is also 150 km (93 mi) away. The smaller Marseille – Mandelieu Airport is nearby. MarseilleExpress operate a regular door-to-door airport shuttle service between Nice Airport and hotels/accommodations in Marseille.