Geneva to host 2009 telecoms event

Geneva’s Palexpo Conference Centre has been chosen ahead of Birmingham, Dubai and Paris to host a global event for the communication technology sector in 2009. The ITU Telecoms Event, held every three years, sees 900 exhibitors and up to 6,000 delegates from around the world assemble in one city – this year Hong Kong – to discuss industry issues and sample new services. Geneva was appointed from a shortlist of four bids that included Birmingham’s NEC, Jebel Ali Exhibition City in Dubai and Paris Nord’s le Park des Expositions. Each bid was marked against criteria that included financial offer, quality of infrastructure, suitability of host venue and the overall location. ITU secretary general Yoshio Utsumi praised Geneva’s approach to the brief that took account of hotel room costs and removed any obligations for a minimum-stay. "The Geneva authority has made a rigorous effort and provided the most cost-effective package for the exhibitors, participants and organiser alike," he said.

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