Through the Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC) organisation, the destinations of Lausanne and Montreux are committed to developing a sustainable business tourism.
For many years now, the towns of Lausanne and Montreux are strongly committed to respect values of sustainability, the environment and the individual. The field of tourism, and in particular conferences, conventions and events, generally has a high environmental footprint. Lausanne Montreux Congress has therefore decided to develop a sustainable strategy that serves today the interests both of the destination and its business visitors. This strategy offers many sustainable solutions for organisers and partners.
Lausanne Montreux Congress has joined the Swisstainable programme, and is developing it with its partners.
LMC joined Switzerland Tourism’s new national sustainability programme, Swisstainable.
Swisstainable, born of the fusion of the words “Swiss” and “sustainable”, is the name of the new communication strategy in the area of sustainable tourism launched by Switzerland Tourism in 2021. The strategy’s goal is that in the future, Switzerland will be perceived as a destination linked to sustainable tourism in the minds of visitors, by involving everyone – visitors and tourism professionals – to contribute to positive, long-term change.
It is thus a new way of travelling that is emerging, following a 4-point sustainability strategy:
LMC takes part in the GDS-Index (standing for Global Destination Sustainability Index) programme.
It is the first programme for benchmarking and improving sustainability for conferences and events destinations in the whole world, comparing more than 70 destinations. It is used both to assess a destination’s performances, as well as to enable it to improve them. This tool also allows potential clients to assess the sustainability of the towns to be visited or with which to collaborate.
Our vision is to become a global leading sustainable destination and use the power of events and meetings to further catalyse our region’s sustainable development for the benefit of our visitors, clients and citizens.
Lausanne Montreux Congress promotes the destination and its institutions to the local and international MICE market, and contributes to the acceleration of the region’s sustainable growth through its leadership and support.
Based on our support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are committed to and work with our partners to develop a more sustainable destination, as well as to improve our region’s capacity to deliver sustainable and innovative events.
Based on its support of the Sustainable Development Goals, LMC is committed to engage and work with its partners to ensure we:
of our conference centres are ecolabelled
of our hotel rooms are ecolabelled
of our conference centres are easily accessible using public transport
We encourage the use of public transport by offering free public transport cards to our visitors lodging in local hotels.
Our public transports are accessible to people with disability.
Our destination is easily accessible by train from Switzerland’s national airports.
In order to engage our local partners and suppliers in a common sustainability strategy, LMC organises a series of workshops in the Lausanne Montreux region. The aim is to facilitate, educate and engage a strong network of people to accelerate the movement towards a sustainable events industry.
LMC has selected a long-term sustainable supplier with the Township bags. They are reusable, made of environmentally friendly fabrics and customisable.
LMC suggests that congress organisers fund a local charity, named Theodora, that acts for hospitalised children. Participants to the conventions are free to support this charity.