Destination Guide: Switzerland

C&IT's sponsored guide to Switzerland will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, restaurants and incentive activities when planning your next event in the central European nation.

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ABOUT SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is a conference destination with a long tradition and fine reputation. This positive image benefits both conference organisers and participants, who famously find not just a spectacular setting but also professional expertise in all areas. Its central location in Europe with easy access, state-of-the-art public transport system, world-class conference centers and great hotel infrastructure are compelling arguments to place a conference in Switzerland. But this small country with its unique diversity also offers plenty of excitement and tremendous variety. Even from the largest Swiss cities you can reach unspoilt nature and spectacular scenery quickly and easily.

KEY FACTS

Four different languages and cultures in one small country

Thanks to the short distances, your guests can play in the morning in the sun-kissed snow (all year round on one of our glaciers), have lunch during a scenic rail journey on a historic train, enjoy Swiss wine and specialties in stunning surroundings in a vineyard before sailing across an azure blue lake for dinner in a medieval castle. Five unique and different experiences all in one day, that’s what makes Switzerland one of the most desirable incentive destinations in the world.

Accessibility: 80 daily flights between the UK and Switzerland

Exceptionally easy access is another big selling point of this little, landlocked island in the heart of Europe. Switzerland is easy to reach from anywhere in the world thanks to extensive flight connections from its five international airports. Our cities have some of the world’s shortest airport transfers. In Geneva for example it takes only 6 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre. If your destination is further afield your journey is part of the experience as you travel past the most stunning scenery in style on a public transport network that is the envy of the world.

Reputation: Where the world meets

Switzerland is often host to international congresses and world-famous events. The World Economic Forum in Davos for instance is attended amongst others by 35 heads of state; the International Motor Show in Geneva and the Watch and Jewellery Show Baselworld are just a few of the many leading events which use Swiss Cities to host their events and have for many years.

Value: Lowest VAT in Europe

With 8% Switzerland offers the lowest VAT in Europe. Foreign companies can reclaim value-added tax paid in Switzerland, providing that they are not themselves liable for taxation in Switzerland. Claims for refund must be made through the Federal Tax Administration (FTA) in Switzerland.

Service: Included

As a central enquiry contact, the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau offers free-of-charge independent assistance in planning events in Switzerland. Services include: analyses of conference requirements, advice on choosing a suitable destination, drawing up candidature pitches, organising site inspections, delivering promotional material and mediating with destinations and service providers.

SWITZERLAND GALLERY

2M2C, Montreux

 

2M2C, Montreux, Switzerland

KKL Culture & Convention Center, Lucerne

 

KKL Culture & Convention Center, Lucerne

Kursaal Bern

 

Kursaal Bern, Switzerland

Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken

 

Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken

Views of Lugano

 

Lugano, Switzerland

Rock climbing in the mountains

 

Rock climbing, Switzerland

Husky-sledding in the snow

 

Husky-sledding, Switzerland

SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne

 

SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne

Limmat river, Zurich

 

Limmat river, Zurich

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Intercontinental Davos hotel, Switzerland

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