Each year The World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland; a gathering of the most powerful and financially influential people in the world. The forum takes place during the third week in January, which will fall on January 23-26 in 2018. Participants come from more than 100 countries, many by private jets.
Who attends the World Economic Forum? Those who are typically invited include heads of state, church, academic and charity leaders, and senior executives from some of the most well-known, wealthiest companies (think Bill Gates). Innovators in technology, social entrepreneurs, and other politicians often receive invitations as well.
The forum started in 1972 and has been held in Davos, in the Swiss Alps, ever since. Because of its location, many participants and onlookers fly via private business jets into relatively nearby airports, including Lugano Airport, Ambri Airport, and Dubendorf Airport, among others. During this time, European airports located within 70 or 75 miles of Davos experience a substantial increase in private flights, given attendees arrive from more than 100 countries.
According to reports, Zurich Airport is the primary airport for those who travel to the forum via private jet; some choose to cover the remaining distance to Davos by flying helicopter, as drive time is nearly two hours. Many choose to travel private jet, as they can travel in comfort and remain productive over the course of the flight; something that can’t be accomplished when flying commercially.
Approximately half of the attendants to the World Economic Forum come from the U.S. News reports claim more than 80% of attendees are male.
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