If you're seeking a European destination with mild weather, consider Montreux Riviera in the French Canton of Vaud, sometimes referred to as the Swiss Riviera due to its Mediterranean climate. Montreux Riviera is the brand of the Montreux-Vevey Tourism Association that represents 17 communities in an area that stretches from Villeneuve to Lutry.
Event planners select this area because of its contrasts For example, guests can relax on terraces on Lake Geneva with palm trees nearby and in the distance view vineyards in the summer and the snow covered Alps during the winter. The predominant architectural style is Belle Epoque.
When your group is ready for downtime, they can take a cruise on Lake Geneva, enjoy panoramic views from the lookout point at Les Rochers-de-Naye, explore Chillon Castle, or tempt Lady Luck at Casino Barriere Montreux .
There are extensive meeting and conference facilities including 2,500 guest rooms within a 30-kilometer radius. (1,000 are within walking distance.) Places to stay include Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic, Royal Plaza Montreux & SPA, and Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. Boutique hotels include the 50-room Prealpina, Grand Hotel du Lac which also has 50 rooms, 62-room Le Mirador Kempinski, and Hotel des Trois Couronnes, a 70-room property with a Michelin star restaurant called Restaurant Les Trois Couronnes.
Convention and conference venues include Petit-Palais at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace (capacity of 900) and Montreux Music & Convention Center (with a capacity of 3000).
For information about more destinations in Switzerland, also consult Incentive Destinations: Zurich and St. Moritz and Incentive Travel Destinations: Switzerland - Geneva, Lugano and More.
To plan your program, consult the Montreux Riviera Meeting Planning Guide and search the Cvent Suppler Network for Switzerland Hotels.