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Switzerland introduces variety of new exciting services

Geneva convention centre
SCIB (Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau) will be offering full details of many new facilities and experiences at its stand at IBTM World in Barcelona in the last week of November. Here is a selection.
Vevey’s Winegrowers’ Festival, taking place once every 25 years, Will be staged from 18 July to 11 August 2019
A centuries-old popular celebration, the Winegrower’s Festival is organised by the Confrérie des Vignerons and takes place in Vevey every 25 years to pay tribute to the generations of wine-growers.


The Festival sees itself as ‘a celebration of life, a great song of love and hope, an anthem to the earth, homeland, mankind and our roots’. Created and staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca, the 2019 edition will take place in an arena installed in the heart of Vevey and will welcome almost 20,000 spectators to 20 performances with 5,000 actors, dancers and singers. Since 1 December 2016 the Festival has been listed as a UNESCO World Intangible Heritage.

Bürgenstock launches unique transport combination
The exclusive resort of Bürgenstock has launched two new attractions that will definitely ‘spice up’ Mice events. First, the MS Bürgenstock, a hybrid electric catamaran, now operates express connections between Lucerne and the resort. Once arrived, delegates can transfer to a funicular railway from which they will get spectacular panoramic views of the mountain and the lake. The combination of these two unique transportation services makes arriving in the Bürgenstock resort an incentive reward in itself.

New A-ja Resort will be one of the largest hotels in Zurich
The German chain of A-ja Resorts is opening its first in a city-centre location in Zurich Altstetten this month. It will be one of the largest new hotels in Zurich. It will occupy the first five floors of one of the three elegant towers located at the Vulcano site near Altstetten railway station. The complex will comprise 319 rooms, a deli restaurant and bar as well as a spa area with sauna and fitness facilities.

Breathtaking ‘Crystal Ride’ on Matterhorn glacier
The world’s highest 3S (three-cable system) cableway has been opened to carry passengers up the Klein Matterhorn near Zermatt. With a total of 25 cabins, a special feature of this state-of-the-art service are the four glass-floored ‘Crystal ride’ cabins, embellished by as many as 280,000 Swarovski crystals. The views below are simply breathtaking.

Carbon footprint calculator for events

The Congress Center Basel has launched an online climate calculator that enables organisers to determine the emissions produced by their events – and to minimise them! Increasing importance is being attached to the conservation of natural resources. At the initiative of the Green Team, the Congress Center Basel (CCB) has set up an online climate calculator, allowing organisers to work out the CO2 footprint of their event. The calculator has been developed in cooperation with CO2OL. This organisation has set itself the target of closing the gap between environmental protection and business.

Once organisers have entered the details concerning mobility, location, overnight accommodation, catering, energy and water consumption and other data, the climate calculator works out the total emissions of the event and the costs that these generate. With the support of projects launched by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, organisers have the option of offsetting the emissions and thus making their event more climate-friendly.

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