popular setting for international groups.
Take the French-speaking city of Geneva,
for example. The International Conference
Center Geneva showcases 43,000 square
feet of event space, while the Geneva
Arena offers facilities for groups up to
9,500. Currently undergoing renovations
is the Globe of Science and Innovation
(CERN), a visual landmark representing
German-speaking Zurich, at the foot
of the Alps, is Switzerland’s largest city.
Construction of the city’s new Hyatt
Regency & Hyatt Place at Zurich Airport is
the largest construction project in Switzerland. Together, the two hotels will offer 550
guest rooms and convention facilities for
1,500 people when it is finalized in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Kameha Grand Hotel
Zurich opened last month with 245 guest
rooms and conference facilities for up
to 960 guests.
Situated between Lake Geneva and
the Alps is the serene Montreux Riviera,
Festival. Groups can make their own music
at the state-of-the-art Montreux Music
& Convention Center, just a short stroll
from the town’s major hotels. The newly
renovated Casino Barriere de Montreux
offers additional meeting space, as does the
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, which offers
facilities for up to 900 people. When the
business day ends, attendees can soak in
the sun-filled Lavaux Vineyards, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, or stroll along the
palm-fringed lake shore, brimming with
exotic trees and flowers.
Synonymous with glamour and luxury,
the Principality of Monaco often surprises
planners with its affordability—and impress-es them with its commitment to hospitality.
Offering more than 2,500 guest rooms,
Monaco’s 18 three- to five-star hotels
feature personalized service and stunning
surrounds. Most notable is Monte-Carlo
SBM’s collection of elegant, historic hotels
and casinos. The 150-year-old
crown jewel is the Hotel de
Paris, which is embarking on
a renovation and restructuring
program this year to be finalized in 2018.
For large meetings and incentives, the
Belle Époque Hotel Hermitage is a top
choice, blending classicism and modernity
with 280 renovated guest rooms and 13
meeting rooms, accommodating up to 400
guests. Situated on a four-acre peninsula in
the Mediterranean seaside is the Monte-
Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, home to 334
guest rooms and 15 meeting rooms. Close
by is the boutique Monte-Carlo Beach
Hotel, built to resemble a Mediterranean
villa. It can be privatized for smaller groups.
Large meetings commence in the
Grimaldi Forum Monaco, built on land
reclaimed from the sea. The center features
an 1,800-seat auditorium, as well as 23
breakout rooms and two large exhibit halls.
Planners can make their special events truly
outstanding in locations like the iconic