Nestled in the heart of Europe, less than two hours by air from all major European cities and situated near the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, Monaco, in addition to being easily accessible, is an obvious business destination offering both glamour and knowledge. But the Principality’s assets are not just geographical, and its other advantages are less well known.
Monaco has excellent hotel facilities, which offer alltogether 2,500 rooms, with a real tradition of welcome. It also boasts a modern, eco-certified congress centre, Grimaldi Forum Monaco, which is internationally recognised by the profession and meeting planners alike.
Monaco is a hard working “city-nation” and a highly diversified economic platform. The leading business sectors in the Principality are healthcare, banking and finance, high tech, tourism, international trade, shipping and real estate. Green meetings are strongly encouraged in the Principality. In October 2008, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, for instance, became one of the first European convention centres to obtain the ISO 14001 environmental issues in the design of the centre’s insulation, energy and air conditioning, making it easy for the teams workingthere to offer tailor-made solutions for organisers wishing to limit the environmental footprint.
A lot of Monaco’s hotels have also implemented green initiatives, such as the Eco-Meet programme at Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Environmental Charter of SBM Monte-Carlo aiming to encourage eco-friendly conduct and to meet international goals in environmental matters, or the Green Committee set up at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, just to name a few.
With a calendar of more than 500 business events, Monaco is strengthening its position as a destination for events. Prices are reasonable in this safe state, the climate is sunny even in winter and the Principality’s image is strong and dynamic.
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