Articles tagged “switzerland”

Switzerland’s Magic Ski Pass Is Safe for Another Year

Switzerland’s Magic Ski Pass Is Safe for Another Year

Hugo Miller, Bloomberg

The Magic Mountains Cooperation cut a temporary deal with Crans Montana, after the famous ski resort complained of overtourism. But there is no guarantee Crans Montana will stick around after a year is up.

5 days ago

Swiss Resort Crans-Montana Wants Out of Ski Pass Amid Overtourism Concerns

Swiss Resort Crans-Montana Wants Out of Ski Pass Amid Overtourism Concerns

Hugo Miller , Bloomberg

Switzerland's network of cable cars and ski lifts makes it a haven for hikers and skiers in summer and winter. Without a pass, it is prohibitively expensive, totally spoils the fun. But while a pass is needed, so are solutions if the offer causes overcrowding.

1 week ago

Plush Matterhorn Glacier Ride Could Boost Swiss Tourism

Plush Matterhorn Glacier Ride Could Boost Swiss Tourism

Sarah Freeman, Bloomberg

A bejeweled new gondola is proving a draw for millennials in Switzerland. It also has a practical purpose: moving visitors to must-visit spots more efficiently.

3 weeks ago

Luxury Travelers Are Paying Premium Prices to Stay in Unheated Igloo Hotels

Luxury Travelers Are Paying Premium Prices to Stay in Unheated Igloo Hotels

David Rocks, Bloomberg

These igloo villages are in the Swiss Alps, with snow tunnels connecting the huts to a sauna, hot tub, and an icy dining room. The rooms — including all the furniture - are carved entirely out of snow, and it's so cold most travelers only stay for one night. Well, these stays certainly fit into the experiences trend.

4 weeks ago

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Albertina Torsoli, Bloomberg

The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

1 month ago

New Cultural and Business Hub Will Reshape Zurich’s Tourism Image

New Cultural and Business Hub Will Reshape Zurich’s Tourism Image

Laura Powell, Skift

As we have seen in recent years, new multi-use developments can have transformative effects on under-utilized sections of major cities. Zurich is banking on The Circle to create a new reason for tourists to visit the city.

7 months ago

Weak Swiss Franc is Killing Shopping Tourism in Border Towns

Weak Swiss Franc is Killing Shopping Tourism in Border Towns

Hugo Miller and Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg

The euro is stable but full of uncertainty these days, and economics wisdom likely points to France and Germany's Swiss border shopping towns getting some relief soon enough.

10 months ago

Swiss Ski Resort Reopens After Spat That Could Cast Pall on Olympic Hopes

Swiss Ski Resort Reopens After Spat That Could Cast Pall on Olympic Hopes

Hugo Miller, Bloomberg

Sounds like a lot of messiness in this ski getaway. If the resort and the community want to host future Olympic events, best to sort out the drama pronto.

11 months ago

Top Ski Resorts in Europe Cut Off With Avalanche Risk at Maximum

Top Ski Resorts in Europe Cut Off With Avalanche Risk at Maximum

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria are seeing their most severe avalanche risk since the "avalanche winter" of 1999. This follows last year's extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean and parts of the U.S., and historic heat waves in parts of Australia a few weeks ago. We're not sure if there are any dots to be connected here, but it is worth asking the question.

1 year ago

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Switzerland Tourism Fights Rivals for Chinese Travelers With New Focus

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Switzerland Tourism is employing “precision marketing” as the number of Chinese individual travelers rose last year while overall arrivals dropped. Tactics aim to be as precise as a Swiss watch; other destinations it competes with for longhaul Chinese travelers, including the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, should take note.

2 years ago

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Associated Press

When tourists and residents in two countries hear that border crossings are closed, no matter the time of day, they perceive that they're not welcome and Switzerland's decision could impact tourism in the region.

2 years ago

Swiss Ski Resorts Rely on Summer Months to Turn Profits

Swiss Ski Resorts Rely on Summer Months to Turn Profits

Hugo Miller, Bloomberg

Climate change and uncertain economic times have weather-dependent destinations such as ski resorts rethinking their identities.

2 years ago