Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a Swiss citizen and is available to speak in Geneva as a leading authority on self-employment and global business trends. Although he was born in Canada, Patrick received his Swiss citizenship because his mother grew up in Uznach. Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Starling Geneva Hotel and Conference Center on Chemin des Anemones, the Hôtel Ramada Encore Genève La Praille on Route de Jeunes, the IATA Geneva Conference Center on Route de l’Aéroport, the 2m2c Montreux Music & Convention Centre on Grand Rue in Montreux or some other convention space in Geneva, Switzerland, Patrick will deliver the excitement and buzz you’re looking for. As a motivational keynote speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, energized and excited to improve their businesses.
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Geneva has many conference facilities, including:
- CICG Geneva – Centre International de Conférences Genève on Rue de Varembe 17
- United Nations Office at Geneva on Palais des Nations
- InterContinental Geneva on Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 9
- Hotel President Wilson on Quai Wilson 47
- University of Geneva on Geneva
- Other meeting spaces in Chene Bougeries, Grand Saconnex and Vernier
General Information about Geneva, Switzerland, for Meeting Planners
Home to notable sites listed in the Swiss heritage sites of national and regional significance, Geneva is a popular tourist destination known for its historic cityscape and heritage buildings. Its population was just 191,803 in 2011 but believe it or not, that makes it the second most populous city in Switzerland. The city is located at the southwestern tip of Lake Léman, the largest lake in Western Europe and is regarded as a global city and ranked third for the highest quality of life worldwide. It is where large companies such as Procter & Gamble, Rolex, and Hewlett Packard have major offices. As an international financial center, Geneva houses several convention and meeting venues for business visitors, including the Geneva Palexpo, Beaulieu Congress and Exhibition Centre, and the Event Center La Praille. Geneva hosted the ITU TELECOM WORLD in 2009, and will host the upcoming World Mail & Express Europe in May 2012.
Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Geneva
Geneva Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Switzerland aspiring speakers to practice their craft. International Geneva Toastmasters Club meets at International School, Grand Saconnex on Route des Morillons 11 (Wednesday at 7:00 PM), Verbissimo meets at Ecole Persiaux on Boulevard de Saint-Georges 71 (Wednesday at 7:30 PM), International Toastmasters Club of Nyon meets at Headquarters of UNI Global Union on Avenue Reverdil 8 (Wednesday at 7:15 PM) and Nyon Toastmasters Club meets at Cambridge Technology Partners on Chemin de precossy 27 (Tuesdays at 6:30 PM).
2014 Business Conventions in Geneva, Switzerland
Numerous business conferences are being hosted in Geneva in 2014. Geospatial Media and Communications BV will host Geospatial World Forum, in May at Center International de Conferences Geneve, 17 rue de Varembe. Preparatory Committee Meeting for WCDRR, hosted by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction will take place in July at Palace of Nations, Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40. International Sedimentological Congress, hosted by International Association of Sedimentologists will be held in August at University of Geneva, Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40. IEEE Computer Society will host The IEEE Conference on Business Informatics, in July at a venue yet to be announced in Geneva.
2013 Business Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland
2013 will bring us thousands of international conferences. Some of these are taking place in Geneva, Switzerland including the Lift Conference by Life Events at Geneva International Conference Centre in February. Additionally, the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns will be held in April at Geneva International Conference Centre, while Swiss Tunnelling Society’s 2013 ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress and 39th General Assembly will be held in May at Geneva International Conference Centre. More so, the 11th Conference of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) will take place in August at Geneva International Conference Center, whereas the 20th World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders by the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders will be held at Palexpo Geneva Congress Center in December.
Geneva Food Choices for Convention Attendees
A business convention in Geneva, Switzerland, would not be complete without dining at a few of the local restaurants: ù bobba, L’Adresse, Bistrot du Boucher, and Alliance Gourmande. ù bobba (Phone: 022-310-5340) at Rue de la Corraterie 21 is a chic dining spot that is usually packed after a culture-filled night at the nearby opera house. Home to anything hip and stylish, L’Adresse (Phone: 022-736-3232) at Rue du 31 Décembre 32 is a combination of a fashion boutique and fine dining bistro where the Genevan high-society crowd come together for brunch or afternoon drinks. A French bistro, Bistrot du Boucher (Phone: 022-736-5636) at Ave Pictet de Rochemont 15 serves sirloin steak, carpaccio, risotto, and baby cow. Alliance Gourmande (Phone: 022-901-1003) at Place De-Grenus 10 in Pâquis boasts of a Swiss menu with an inventive twist like ricotta-stuffed king prawns in a whiskey sauce.
Geneva Attractions for Conference Delegates
The very first attraction you plan to visit after your business conference in Geneva should be Lake Geneva, a mesmerizing mountain lake located along the city of Geneva. Voltaire Institute and Museum is located in Les Delices Streeis and it might be the second best place to visit in Geneva. It’s actually a residence at Rue Des Delices where Voltaire, the famous poet sojourned and worked from 1755 to 1760. Because of this renovated residence, tourist can now take a peek into the past life of a literary legend. Another place in Geneva is the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum which is located at 17 avenue Da la Paix. The tallest fountain around the globe (launching water 460 feet into the air), the Jet d’Eau located at Quai du General-Guisan is such another attraction worth visiting while you’re in town.