World Economic Forum to hold 2021 meeting in Lucerne

The view towards Buergenstock, Vitznau and the Lake Lucerne (Keystone /Dominic Steinmann)

The World Economic Forum has announced that it will hold next year's annual meeting in Lucerne-Bürgenstock, from 18 to 21 May.

The move to Lucerne comes after organisers decided to postpone the usual January gathering in ski resort of Davos until later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Geneva and Lugano were also touted as possible alternative locations for the annual gathering of the business and political elite. The Bürgenstock resort, which overlooks lake Lucerne, has a conference capacity of around 600 people.

WEF said the event will be held around the theme of “The Great Reset”, focusing on solutions required to address the world’s most urgent problems.

It hopes global leaders will come together “to design a common recovery path” in a post-Covid-19 era and to “rebuild a more cohesive and sustainable society”.

The meeting will combine both in-person and online elements, with a series of virtual discussions labelled the “Davos Dialogues” taking place during the week of 25 January, when leaders will share their views on the state of the world in 2021.

But it’s not the end for Davos. The WEF said it aims to be back in the ski resort town for its annual meeting in 2022.