Geneva ranks 35th largest convention host cities. Debate on future challenges in the heart of the Spring of Geneva Tourism & Conventions.

This Friday, March 23, 2012 took place in the Uptown Geneva – Business & Arts Center the Spring of Geneva Tourism & Conventions. In focus, the challenges facing Geneva to maintain its position in the meetings industry.
Marcel A. Mr. Vissers, Editor-in-Chief HeadQuarters & MIM Europe magazine (Antwerp), Marc-Antoine Nissille, President of the Société des Hôteliers de Genève (SHG) and Philippe Vignon, Managing Director of Geneva Tourism & Conventions (GT&C) discussed on Geneva’s position in the world of the meetings industry.
In Geneva, the business tourism accounts for 75% of tourism. The economic impact of contracts led by GT&C in this sector is very important: in 2011, the turnover is CHF 57 million with 120,000 overnights. So far in 2012, the obtained contracts generate a turnover of CHF 55 million and 124,000 overnights. From 2012 to 2017, GT&C signed and confirmed 256’000 overnights for business tourism and the estimated turnover is CHF 122 million for the region.
« Geneva has an excellent reputation as a destination for conventions because it is a chic and rich city, it is the capital of diplomats and international conferences, » said Marcel Vissers.
« The City of Calvin must nevertheless face several challenges: it is expensive, less safe and its infrastructures age, » he said. To cope with the rise of competing destinations and adapt to future market in the tourism business, Geneva needs to modernize, remain innovative and attractive. « Tomorrow the meetings industry will be hybrid and expertly combine the virtual and the human » said Marcel Vissers.
For Marc-Antoine Nissille « Geneva strives to protect its interests and enjoys a high standard of facilities and a high efficiency of its hotels. » For the President of the SHG « the sector of business tourism is dynamic and existing infrastructures contribute to its success on an increasingly globalized market. »
It is to underline that in order to face the challenges of the future, the Convention Bureau of Geneva Tourism was created in 2007 to sell the destination as a whole and facilitate the organization of congresses and conferences in Geneva. An initiative from all the economic stakeholders of the tourism industry in Geneva.
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