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Swiss cities secure 16 major events after joining forces

New convention bureaux alliance Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC) secured 16 events in its first full year of operation, with the biggest likely to attract 1,400 delegates.

The events will see Lausanne and Montreux jointly host more than 8,350 delegates between now and 2022, pumping around (CHF) 16.5 million (EURO14.5m) into the regional economy.

The biggest win to date is the four-day ECCM, the European Conference on Composite Materials, at the SwissTech Convention Center, which is expected to attract more than 1,300 delegates.

Other prestigious meetings include a meeting of the European Centre for Atomic and Molecular Computation and the biennial World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in July 2019.

Steeve Pasche, director of Lausanne Tourisme said: “We are delighted that our predictions were right and the combined experience of Lausanne and Montreux, and the extensive portfolio of venues that our partnership brings, put us in a strong position to win many prestigious international association conferences in 2018. We look forward to hosting our first event under the LMC brand and are hopeful for another strong year of event wins in 2019.”

Lausanne and Montreux joined forces in 2017 to increase the region’s ability to cater for large associations and congresses with a more diverse venue portfolio and combined expertise.

Last year saw LMC rank for the first time amongst the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS), making it into the top 20 sustainable destinations in the world and also the integration of one of their key partners, the SwissTech Convention Center into the Energy Cities Alliance (ECA).