The Swiss city of Geneva (Genéve in French) wears many impressive hats, including the capital of peace, center of Europe, Switzerland's international center, as well as country's largest congress and exhibition city. Set around the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake, Geneva is a sophisticated, multicultural, and a multifaceted destination. Home to the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters for the United Nations, and the headquarters for the International Red Cross, Geneva is truly a cosmopolitan city.
Delegates fly into Geneva International Airport, which is situated just three miles from the Geneva city center. Geneva also serves as the core of Europe's rail network, housing two major railway stations that provide access to high-speed trains - CFF and TGV. These trains cover the distance between Paris and Geneva in just three hours.
Geneva is home to a variety of congress and event venues, including the ever-popular Palexpo and The International Conference Centre, Geneva (CICG). Conveniently situated within a 10-minute walk from the Geneva International Airport and a six-minute train ride from the city center, the modern Palexpo spans 106,000 square meters of contiguous pillar-free space, divisible into just about any size. Palexpo's seven exhibition halls accommodate events like exhibitions, conferences, congresses, shows and sporting competitions throughout the year. Delegates have direct access to a covered car park, as well as bus stops situated immediately in front of the center.
Set within the immediate vicinity of the Palais des Nations, three miles from the Geneva International Airport, the CICG features 4,000 square meters of exhibition space. The 27 conference rooms of this conference center can easily accommodate up to 2,200 delegates. The center also features a 1486-square-meter lobby, lounge area with a bar and armchairs, a 972-seat amphitheater, and a 40-square-meter VIP suite.
Geneva features a variety of unique venues perfectly outfitted for MICE meetings. Apart from Palexpo and CICG, delegates can gather in or tour a number of Geneva's restaurants, attractions, and museums. The International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, as well as the Palais des Nations, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), all feature private group tour opportunities.