by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 27, 2013
• The resort of Bürgenstock, on Lake Lucerne, is undergoing a complete redevelopment. When the complex reopens in 2016, it will offer a conference center; three hotels, the 100-room Park, 108-room Palace and 168-room Waldhotel; a spa; several restaurants, and residences.

• In Switzerland's southernmost canton, Ticino, the 17-room La Claustra retreat center opened this spring. The former artillery bunker is built right into the historic Gotthard Pass. The unique retreat venue has four meeting rooms.

• In Zurich, Edelweiss Catering has launched Dream Island Easy, floating docks that accommodate group events of up to 12 participants. Each "island" has deck chairs, palm trees and a grill.
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Switzerland might be compact, but its 26 cantons (states) and four cultures and languages -- German, French, Italian and Romansch -- give groups a diverse experience in a single country.

Following is a roundup of the latest news on the Swiss meeting and incentive front in some key regions.

Two new venues have debuted at Messe Basel, Switzerland's largest convention center: a 410,000-square-foot exhibition hall, and the Event Hall, which offers 35,000 square feet of event space and 16,000 square feet of prefunction space.

Lake Geneva region
In this French-speaking region, the 168-room Beau-Rivage Palace is in the midst of a renovation being overseen by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The Lausanne property has unveiled 37 updated guest rooms and two suites; 61 more rooms will be completed by next April.

In the city of Geneva, the former Epsom Hotel has been revamped and rebranded as the Hotel N'Vy. The 153-room property has three meeting rooms.

In Montreux, the Montreux Riviera Convention Bureau has launched a promotion that offers free use of the Montreux Music & Convention Center to groups that guarantee 400 room nights at area hotels. Details are at

The Lucerne Exhibition Center last month unveiled its new forum facilities, including an auditorium that seats up to 480 people and two small meeting rooms.

Among the latest developments in Switzerland's largest city, left, is a huge mixed-used development, The Circle, at Zurich Airport. To debut in 2017, the project includes shopping, dining and two hotels. The 250-room Hyatt Regency will have a convention center for events drawing up to 1,500 people, and a Hyatt Place will offer 300 guest rooms.

Early in 2014, the 239-room Dorint Airport Hotel Zurich, operated by German hotel chain Dorint Hotels & Resorts, will open with six meeting rooms.

The 60-room B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa, housed in an old brewery, debuted earlier this year with a boardroom that accommodates 18, while the 126-room boutique 25hours Hotel Zurich West opened with three meeting rooms.

The 102-room K-Star Hotel Zurichsee is set to open next year. The property will have meeting and event space, a fitness center and a restaurant.

The 245-room Kameha Grand Zurich is scheduled to debut in 2015. The luxury hotel will offer meeting and event space, as well as a spa, a roof terrace and a fitness center.