The Diary’s guide to Davos 2014

Gabriella Griffith
DUSTING off your salopettes and brushing up on your economic theory? Yep, it’s almost Davos time – the world’s biggest Alpine think-fest kicks off on Wednesday which means anyone who is anyone in the world of economics, international politics and big business will be descending on that little Swiss resort to discuss, ski, drink, repeat – all in the name of global economic health. Some essentials on your preparation list should be 1. The World Economic Forum app – which will keep you updated on the schedule and book you in for sessions. 2. Some Nurofen Plus to deal with the notorious late nights and generous hospitality. Er, actually, that’s pretty much it. Fire up the helicopters!


1 The Hotel Belvedere is the party epicentre of Davos and host to many a ‘nightcap’ (Davos code for afterparty).

2 The Davos Congress Centre is where all the thinking happens. You’re bound to spot some famous faces – just try not to get lost.

3 Hotel Europe’s Piano Bar – where most good nights end up.

4 Davos funicular railway – great views and the odd log cabin party at the top. And you never know who you’ll be in a carriage with...


Points for spotting any number of these Davos regulars...

“Davos Underlings”
Members of One Young World representing Gen Y

“Bandaged limbs”
Injuries from the slopes and slippy pavements likely

“Desperate plug hunters”
Everyone needs a plug for their connected devices

“White hologram badges”
Reserved for the elite of the elite

“Ice Sculptures”
What better way to decorate your “nightcap”

“Lost In Congress”
The congress centre is a maze - people will lose their way

“Bespoke suits stuffed into snow boots”
A necessity

“Little Helicopters”
Grand entrance of choice - expect many