Climate change tourism arrives with glacier decline Tuesday, 25 August, 2009 Most scientists agree that climate change is happening and the Alps are already feeling the impact. Now visitors to the Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland can see and learn about the effects as they tour the region. Bern University scientists have developed seven climate change trails for tourists to follow via GPS on iPhones. You can hire the guide for CHF20 a day at the tourist offices in Grindelwald, Wengen or Murren or download the software on your own iPhone. WRS’s Vincent Landon has more:
Swiss hotels are in trouble Tuesday, 18 August, 2009 Hotelleriesuisse, the national hotel association, says the industry could trim as much as 10 percent of its workforce in the near future. That translates into multiple hotel closings and some 10,000 job cuts. WRS’s Carla Drysdale asked Urs Eberhard, executive vice-president of Zurich-based Switzerland Tourism, if he’s surprised by the numbers:
Winegrowers create a new variety of B&B Thursday, 30 July, 2009 If you travel to the village of Trasadingen in Canton Schaffhausen, B&B takes on a rather unusual accommodation connotation: Barrel & Breakfast. One enterprising family in this traditional winegrowing village offers you the chance to sleep in a wine barrel—for only 28 CHF. Vincent Landon took his family along for a sleep tasting.
Youth hostels are growing up Monday, 27 July, 2009 Youth hostelling, it seems, is not all about youth anymore. It’s growing in popularity for all ages. The Swiss Youth Hostels Association says backpackers spent more than 986,000 nights in the country’s 59 hostels last year and turnover rose to more than CHF 40 million. But in the face of growing competition from other budget accommodation, hostels are having to move with the times. Our Zurich correspondent Vincent Landon has the story:
Tourism not expecting turnaround until 2011 Thursday, 16 July, 2009 The global recession is taking its toll on Switzerland’s tourism industry, according to Tourism Switzerland. It says the downturn has hit harder and quicker than initially forecast and expects the numbers will get worse before they get better. WRS’s Michele Mischler asked Tourism Switzerland spokesperson Edith Zweifel what trends they’re seeing.
Swiss tourism set for big melt? Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 Later today the Swiss economics ministry is set to unveil its latest forecast for the country’s tourism industry, and the outlook is not expected to be rosy. The global economic downturn has already led to a drop in the number of people booking holidays in Switzerland, and overnight stays were down ten percent earlier this year. WRS’s Adam Beaumont spoke to Laure Baume, general manager of holiday group Club Med Switzerland. She says a trend towards late bookings has helped to offset the worst of the crisis.
Tourism hopes rest on Swiss visitors Wednesday, 25 February, 2009 Swiss tourism officials are expecting a significant cut in visitor numbers and revenues following the second best year ever in 2008. At a press conference in Zurich on Tuesday, Switzerland Tourism said it expected he number of overnight stays to drop by 7.5% over the next two years while the decline in revenues would be even more pronounced. Overnight stays by visitors from the US and UK look set to drop by 15% and 20% respectively. WRS reporter Vincent Landon spoke to Jürg Schmid, CEO of Switzerland Tourism, and began by asking him how Switzerland was weathering the storm.
Swiss industries feel credit crunch: Tourism Friday, 5 December, 2008 As turmoil continues across the global economy, WRS’s Pete Forster is asking representatives of Switzerland’s key industries what it has in real terms meant to them. Urs Eberhard is the deputy director for Swiss Tourism. Today he tells us they expect that the industry will do just fine through the holidays but that it will likely feel the pain of financial crisis in the second half of the winter season and next summer.
Top hotels predict summer downturn Friday, 5 December, 2008 Switzerland’s luxury hotels anticipate a strong winter season. Thirty-eight of the leading five star establishments in Switzerland belong to the Swiss Deluxe Hotels group. They say bookings have not yet been affected by the financial crisis. But what happens after the winter season? That’s the question Vincent Landon put to Fiorenzo Fässler, General Manager of the Swiss Deluxe Hotels Association.
Swiss nuclear bunker becomes zero star hotel Monday, 17 November, 2008 Switzerland is one of the world’s most expensive countries to vacation, but there are deals if you know where to stay, especially in the tiny town of Sevelen about an hour west of Zurich. There two artists, twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin, have converted a nuclear bunker into the world’s first zero star hotel. It’ll cost as little 13 francs a night. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick spent the night at the zero star hotel and has this story.
Tourism sector braces for downturn Tuesday, 4 November, 2008 The boom years are over for Swiss tourism. After five years of growth and a record 2008, the next two years are going to be tough. That’s the message from Swiss Tourism which forecasts a decline of 3% next year. It is the summer season which is going to suffer. And the strength of the euro will be decisive. Vincent Landon reports: