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Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

50 years of Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

50 years ago, Switzerland founded the world’s first national convention bureau. Its development from the “Association of Swiss Conference Cities” to today’s Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB), with a presence in 12 countries, has played a key role in Switzerland’s success as a destination for business meetings.

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Foundation

FoundedFriday, 18 December 1964 at the Hotel Bristol, Bern
Founding membersBern, Engelberg, Interlaken, Lausanne, Montreux, St. Moritz, Zürich
Original nameAssociation of Swiss Conference Cities (ASCC)
1st PresidentRaymond Jaussi, director of the Montreux tourist office

The story of SCIB

1969
  • Official contact with Swissair
  • Consolidation of collaboration between ASCC and SNTO (now Switzerland Tourism), Swissair, SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), PTT (now Swiss Post)
1991
  • Own office in Montreux with a full-time member of staff
  • ASCC changes its name to Swiss Congress & Incentive Destinations (SCID)
  • 1st Switzerland Congress and Incentive Mart (SCIM) in Montreux (trade fair)
1996
  • 1 April: SCID relocates to Zürich, to the premises of Switzerland Tourism
  • Name changes to Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB)
  • 16 December: Switzerland Tourism (ST) and the Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (SCIB) sign their first cooperation agreement
1997
  • Introduction of new member categories: Regions, Agencies (Destination Management Companies or DMCs, Professional Congress Organizers or PCOs) and Service Partners (technical support, etc.)
from 2000
  • Tripling of funding and human resources, CHF 2.5 million marketing budget and about 14 specialised members of staff, between 27 and 30 partners (regions, destinations, service partners such as agencies, transport companies and other service providers)
2014
  • Approx. CHF 3 million marketing budget, specialised department within Switzerland Tourism with 21 staff members (16 full-time employees worldwide including 5 at headquarters) in 13 markets (Germany, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Russia, North America, China, India, Brazil, Southeast Asia and Switzerland), 28 members (national organisations, regions, destinations, service providers)
Current SCIB board

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