It’s always better to have organizers talk about their experience in a given destination than just convention bureaus explaining how great it would be for you – and them – if you chose them for their next event. In order for you to get familiar, once again, with Switzerland and where its expertise lies, we now let a few planners do the talking.
About the knowledge in Switzerland – Dr. Martin Wernli of Aarau Cantonal Hospital
For Switzerland as a research location, it is important that the Annual Conference of the German and Swiss Societies of Haematology and Medical Oncology is held in the country on a regular basis. There are so many experts in haematology and medical oncology based in Switzerland that it’s easy to discuss current research results and challenges in the treatment of blood diseases and cancer.
About Switzerland’s compactness and competitiveness – Adrian Ott, CEO of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Who can boast saying: when you get off your plane you can walk to the congress centre? As for the pricey image of Switzerland it is important to raise the competitive rate of Swiss VAT. If the rates of hotels are often perceived as high, they are in fact part of a logic of an indicative price range, a standard convention price if you like. This approach facilitates the overall planning for the organizer who can count on stable guidance in the budget phase.
About Switzerland’s know-how – Rieke Zantinge, Director, Inspirators Factory
I am most impressed by Switzerland team’s professionalism and expertise in handling all possible areas proactively and effectively. There are a lot of pearls in Switzerland to be discovered, among which Basel, Zürich, Pontresina and the Alpine resort town of Sankt Moritz. There is definitely a Swiss concept that works well for events of all formats and sizes.
About Switzerland’s friendliness – Dr. Luc Beco, Coordinator of the ESVD-ECVD Conference (European Society of Veterinary Dermatology & European College of Veterinary Dermatology)
At first glance, Switzerland is a little ‘The Unreachable Star’ to paraphrase The Quest, a song by Jacques Brel. It is a charming country, but financially unaffordable. There was a lot of opposition internally. During a visit to the EIBTM fair in Barcelona, I still showed up on the stand of Switzerland and I met with, it must be said, exceptionally dynamic and kind people. I told them all my constraints, they analyzed my needs and then we shorlisted four destinations – we ended up organizing our conference in Lausanne, which proved to be very successful.