Fees and Registration

caux palace landscape

Forum and Accommodation Fees

The Caux Conference and Seminar Centre consists of multiple buildings in close proximity to each other.

We offer our participants accommodation in the historic Caux Palace, the most impressive building overlooking Lake Geneva with 220 bedrooms and 445 beds. The Villa Maria and Chalet Repos are additional buildings and are used internally during the Caux Forum.

In 2019, accommodation and food costs are separate from the Caux Forum fees. 

Forum Fees

The Caux Forum includes five main events, a selection of side-events and training programmes. The following fees only apply to the participation fees for the main events.

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  • The Forum Fee applies to participants who attend the entire duration of a Main Event.
  • The Daily Forum Fee applies to participants who are only attending certain days; the fee is charged per day.
  • The Side Event Fee is charged per participant per day.
  • You can apply to a reduced Forum Fee if you are a citizen from developing countries or from conflict area, a student, an NGO employee, unemployed, pensioner or a member of the IofC network. Please refer to the section 'Apply for a reduced Forum Fee'. 

All fees mentioned above include:

  • Participation in the chosen event
  • Materials provided during the event
  • Interpretation
  • WiFi
  • Coffee and tea breaks as well as refreshments

Important: Meals are not included in the Forum fees. If, therefore you have not booked a room including full board at the Caux Palace, you will have to purchase a voucher at the Cash Desk for your meals.

Accompanying partners and children who are not participating in the events are more than welcome to stay in Caux and are not asked to pay the Forum Fee. If they stay overnight, they will only be asked to pay the accommodation and food rate. If they prefer to stay elsewhere, they can still join you for meals by buying a voucher from the Cash Desk.

We apply a registration fee of CHF 50 to everyone staying at Caux over the age of 6. This fee is to cover the administrative costs of the registration process. It has to be paid at the time of registration and is non-refundable.

It is important to us to make the Caux Forum accessible to everyone. Initiatives of Change Switzerland therefore provides financial aid for a limited number of participants who cannot afford to pay the full Forum Fee. Subsidies are only available for the Forum Fee. Unfortunately we cannot offer assistance with accommodation and food fees.

Please note that the number of subsidies is limited, and they will be granted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Before applying, please check carefully if you fall into one of the following categories:  

  • Citizens from developing countries
  • Citizens from conflict areas
  • Students with a valid student card
  • NGO employees
  • Unemployed people
  • Pensioners
  • IofC volunteers
  • IofC employees/holder of a mandate by IofC

We offer three levels of reductions, depending on the above categories and the individual’s situation: 

  • Reduction Level 1                50% off the Forum Fee
  • Reduction Level 2                75% off the Forum Fee
  • Reduction Level 3                100% off the Forum Fee

It may take up to two weeks for applications for financial assistance to be processed. Please note that not everybody who falls into one of the above categories will automatically receive a discount. We decide who to award assistance to based on the individual’s financial situation. If approved, the relevant amount is taken off the final invoice.

Click here to apply for a reduced fee

For payments, please use one of the following accounts or use PayPal to pay by credit card online (in CHF only). Payments in Caux can be made in cash (CHF, US$, £, Euro at the daily exchange rate), by credit card or debit card.

Account Holder:              CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, CH-6002 Lucerne

Bank:                               CreditSuisse, Schwanenplatz 8, CH-6002 Lucerne

Account:                          249270-61-5

IBAN:                               CH38 0483 5024 9270 6100 5

BIC/SWIFT:                       CRESCHZZ80A

Clearing No.:                    4835

Since cancellations have a considerable impact on the organization of the Forum, Programmes and Events, it is very important to inform the Reservations Team as early as possible about your cancellation by email.

(does not include the registration fee)

 

  • Registration fee: The registration fee must be paid beforehand and is in general non-refundable*.
  • Reservations cancelled 14 days or more prior to the date of arrival will be reimbursed. Initiatives of Change Switzerland will reimburse the amount you have paid, minus the bank fees and transfer costs charged during the payment process. Foreign exchange losses incurred in the process are not the responsibility of IofC Switzerland.
  • Reservations cancelled 2 to 13 days days prior to the date of arrival will incur a 2 night charge.
  • Reservations cancelled 1 day prior to the date of arrival, on the date of arrival or if participants arrive late for their stay, 100% of their stay will be charged. This also includes modifications while in Caux that result an earlier departure than the confirmed reservation.

*will only be refunded under certain circumstances such as death in the family, war situation or other major factors.

Accommodation fees

Our Basic Rooms are a good alternative for smaller budgets, with simple furniture and a shared bathroom. The single-sex bathrooms are located near the bedrooms. Most Basic Rooms do not have a balcony or lake view, but many of them have been recently renovated.

Prices per person per night with full board:

  • Single Basic Room CHF 105.00
  • Twin Basic Room CHF 85.00

Please note that we have a limited number of Basic Rooms available and they will be allocated on a first booked, first served basis. If all the rooms are booked at the time of your request, you will be immediately informed and you will have to choose and pay for another room type.

Basic Single Room
Caux Palace - Basic Single Room
Basic Twin Room
Caux Palace - Basic Twin Room

All Standard Rooms feature an en-suite bathroom with shower/bath and WC. Most of them have a balcony with panoramic views. Standard Rooms are equipped either with Belle Époque style or more modern furniture.

Prices per person per night with full board:

  • Single Standard Room CHF 125.00
  • Twin Standard Room CHF 95.00
Standard Single Room
Caux Palace - Standard Single Room
Standard Twin Room
Caux Palace - Standard Twin Room
Standard Bathroom
Caux Palace - Standard Bathroom

All Premium Rooms offer a balcony with sweeping panoramic views and feature Belle Époque style furniture. The rooms have been recently renovated and are equipped with an en-suite bathroom including shower/bath and toilet.  

Prices per person per night with full board:

  • Single Premium Room CHF 175
  • Twin Premium Room CHF 145

Please note that we have a limited number of Premium Rooms available and they will be allocated on a first booked, first served basis. If all the rooms are booked at the time of your request, you will be immediately informed and you will have to choose another room type.

Premium single room
Caux Palace - Premium Single Room
Premium twin room
Caux Palace - Premium Twin Room
Bathroom premium
Caux Palace - Premium Bathroom

Children are always welcome to join their parents. We offer the following discounts:

  • Age 0-6               free of charge (baby cots and extra beds available)
  • Age 7-15             50% discount

Sharing your bedroom with another participant

As is the Caux tradition and in the spirit of bringing diverse people together, you may be allocated a twin room (with separated beds) to share with another participant if you are travelling alone and if:

  1. You are happy to share your room with another participant. In this case, please indicate this on your registration form and we will allocate another participant (same gender, same age range) to your room. You will be charged for a twin room instead of single room.
  2. We run out of single room availability, you may be asked to share your room with another participant (same gender, same age range). Our Reservation Team will inform you if this is the case and you will be charged the twin room rate.

Please indicate on your registration form if you specifically require a single room or have any special needs.