For most of the year, Davos, a resort town high in the Swiss Alps, has a population of just 11,000. However, for one week each January, its population swells to 30,000 as elite investors and world leaders gather for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
Founded in 1971, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a politically neutral organisation that engages leaders from across the entire business, political and academic spectrum to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.
Each year, the Forum adopts a theme that is a talking point for discussion. In 2017, it was “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”, whilst in 2018 the meeting centred around “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” The Forum hosts multiple sessions, panels, speeches and seminars over the course of the meeting, where participants can listen to debates among key policymakers and audiences on a variety of subjects.
Billed as the world’s most expensive networking event, it is often the meetings that take place behind closed doors that lead to more open conservations and important decisions being made. Discreet dinners and lunches in remote mountain chalets are all part of the process. Where better to do business than beside a log fire in an opulent living room of a mountain retreat, or at a private dinner cooked by a Michelin-starred chef?
With the influx of visitors to Davos, finding exclusive accommodation can be a challenge. One company facilitating luxury chalet and apartment rentals during the annual meeting is Leo Trippi, a long-standing business based in Switzerland. Leo Trippi has many years of experience hosting delegates of the WEF.
Working with a number of local partners, the team are able to arrange a whole suite of services typically required by delegates, from transportation and security through to events and catering. Leo Trippi also has access to several off-market properties that would be otherwise hard to come by.
The 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting takes place from 22-25 January in Davos, Switzerland.