15-02-2017

5 good reasons to plan your meeting in winter...

Winter wonderland view of Montreux-Vevey

1. Consider every kind of profile:  

Find a human-size town offering the advantages of a big city (shopping, night life, restaurants, casino…) close to nature (fresh air, peaceful surrounding, outdoor activities…). This kind of setting will suit any of your participants: the winter sportsperson, the urban shopping lover, the epicurean….

Montreux, a small town on the shores of Lake Geneva, is only a few minutes away with public transportation from the Alps and its ski resorts. It offers a great variety of restaurants, bars and shops in a unique setting in the heart of both Switzerland and Europe. 

2. An easy access, even with the worst weather conditions:

A snowy road on the morning of your event is always an issue. When your participants need to get back to their hotel room with their car it becomes even worse… You need some place with an easy public transportation access and, if possible, accommodation facilities a few minutes away by foot! 

The journey between Geneva airport and Montreux only lasts 1.16 hour and offers an astonishing view on the lake and the Alps. Moreover it only takes 5 minutes by foot to walk from the 2m2c to the train station and most of the hotels. 

3. A cosy holiday season atmosphere:

There is nothing more inspiring than the magic of a hot chocolate savoured by a fireplace on a snowy day. Whereas a snowshoes walk in a peaceful winter forest is the perfect occasion for team building. 

This kind of atmosphere spreads through the entire city of Montreux during the Christmas market and it only takes a few minutes to get to a peaceful piece of nature. 

4. Unusual activities

Choose a venue close to ski resorts. The mountain offers the opportunity to experiment new teambuilding activities: snowshoeing, tobogganing, introduction to curling, Igloo building, and of course the traditional Raclette or Fondue evening in a mountain chalet followed by a torchlight descent. 

And if that is not enough, you can hit the slopes with your skis or snowboard!

Finally, don’t forget to organize a plan B in case of bad weather!

Montreux is perfectly situated between Geneva’s airport and the beautiful ski resort of Wallis. The closest mountains offer plenty of winter outdoor activities and you can find the same amount of plan B’s directly in Montreux (workshop around chocolate, Chillon Castle Tour…). And if your team is not the sports kind of team plan B becomes plan A!

5. Prices

Your budget is important. Winter is therefore a perfect alternative! The accommodation facilities and space rental are between 30 and 50% cheaper in winter than in summer. And it is always easier to negotiate your partnerships during the low season. 

Are you still wondering whether the 2m2c Montreux Music Convention Center is the best alternative? Don’t hesitate to contact us, we would be glad to discuss it with you and share a cup of mulled wine! 

2m2c – Montreux Music & Convention Centre

John Orlandi | Clients & Events Director
orlandij@2m2c.ch | +41 21 962 21 00

 

Text inspired by "Les 10 points pour bien organiser son séminaire hivernal (en Suisse)" published by the Swiss Convention Bureau of Swiss Tourism.