(Ramón Aragonés, editor of content and Invertia Product Manager)
During these days the newspapers and on television half the world put their focus information in the annual meeting in Davos, a luxurious ski resort in Switzerland has in recent years become a forum for global reference. He attended every year world leaders and business officials to talk about how bad the economy is in the world. According to official data, this year attended by more than 30 heads of state, some 1,400 business leaders and eight heads of central banks attending the meeting.
And as is traditional every year, the U.S. media took the opportunity to highlight the great contradiction that contains this quote: the charge to fix one of the worst financial depression that the world is spending huge sums in a few days to attend and enjoy the event. This time we have consulted an article by journalist Andrew Ross, the New York Times, we took some awful data.
For starters, the guests at Davos forum to be part of the WEF Association, a Swiss non-profit organization that was founded by Klaus Schwab, which involves the payment of a minimum quota of 50 000 francs per year. Once a member, admission to the event cost 18 000 francs plus tax. And to go to private events, they must also be a member to a higher level, called “Industry Partner”, which costs another 130 thousand francs.
If the guest wants to bring one more person to the meeting not sufficient to purchase an additional entry but must purchase a new membership “Industry Partner” which costs another 260 000 francs plus additional input. Some guests may take up to five people, but to do so must acquire the membership of “strategic partner”, which costs more than half a million francs (520 thousand to be exact) and other 18 000 francs for each additional entry. Each “strategic partner” should at least invite a woman to diversify the list of participants. This means that the cheapest ticket cost 68 000 francs, the most expensive totaled 620 thousand francs.
All these costs do not include travel expenses to get to Switzerland and get dinner or cocktail party for clients. And he will not stay. A large investor who rented a five bedroom villa on the outskirts of Davos for him and his staff will have to pay $ 140,000 in the week. A car and driver to move to the center of meetings added to the bill another $ 10,000 per week for a Mercedes S-Class And a driver and limousine for a week costs 10 francs.
If you do not want to suffer traffic problems in these days of bustle, guests can travel by helicopter. The only company authorized to sobrevolvar the city charges more than 30 000 francs per trip.
Any restaurant in town is charging a minimum of $ 210 per head. A cocktail of 60 to 80 people for just one hour costs about $ 8,000. Those companies that decide to organize their own events with several hundred people will have to pay 250,000 for one night.
The New York Times reporter Adrew Ross recalls that in recent years, Google has even tried to dazzle with their events to the point that last year opened during those days in Davos an “oxygen bar”, which adds over the bill.
But nevertheless, the writer of the New York Times emphasizes that the most important event but not the meeting halls and the moments of rest. In the words of the most important journalist in Davos is “pursuing successful people who want to be seen with other successful people. That’s the game. “