Montreux Music & Convention Centre – Montreux Riviera
Montreux Riviera and its congress centre, the 2m2c
Centrally located and close to the International Airport of Geneva (1 hour), the destination Montreux Riviera is the perfect place to hold congresses, conferences, or motivation-trips. Ideally nestling between Lake Geneva and the Alps, Montreux Riviera and its sun-filled Lavaux Vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage) offers a natural ambiance and beauty of the surroundings, as well as the timeless charm of the Belle-Époque architecture.
In 1973, the 2m2c, initially called Montreux Convention Centre, is officially inaugurated by the annual Montreux Golden Rose Festival which gives out awards for the best international television programmes. This gala which has contributed towards the fame of Montreux will have proceeded until 2003.
The most important event of the time is the Montreux International Symposium, of which the increasing proportions induce the authorities to opt for an extension of the Montreux Convention Centre in order to ensure the perpetual running of this event in Montreux.
The year 1993 is marked by the inauguration of the Auditorium Stravinski, a new concert hall equipped with a natural acoustic. The Convention Centre attains its present form and becomes a major cultural asset by welcoming within its walls the Classical Music Festival, the “Cultural Season”, the Montreux Comedy Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival, and continues, at the same time, to attract successful conferences and corporate events.
The year 2000 marks an important turning point in the organization of the Centre with the introduction of the corporation “Centre de Congrès Montreux SA” of which the unique shareholder is the Montreux City Council.
This decade marks the ever-increasing success of the Montreux Convention Centre which welcomes throughout the years an even greater number of events, notably the drawing of lots for qualifiers in the UEFA EURO 2008 or the Summit of the French-speaking World in 2010 that brings 38 Heads of State within the premises of the 2m2c.
2006 is the year of a visual identity change: the Montreux Convention Centre becomes the “Montreux Music and Convention Centre”.
In 2011, the acoustic amendments and the modernization of the entire technical system of the Auditorium Stravinski enable it to become one of the most multipurpose halls in Europe. 7,75 million Swiss francs have been invested.
Filled with 40 years of experience in the field, the 2m2c is proud of its inheritance but nevertheless continues to look towards the future in order to remain competitive in an ever-increasing competitive market. This is why the 2m2c’s team is working on a project which consisting of renovating 6’000 sqm spaces, some of which have not undergone any transformation since 1973 and others since 1982, and increase their value by opening them by the lakeside and incorporate a catering area with exterior terrace and the opening of a Montreux Jazz Café.
This project is an example of a Centre which has gone through continued development during 40 years in order to satisfy the needs of its clientele and becoming a place to meet, discover and exchange ideas.