Glamping

post by : oriane.gachet



 

"Glamping is a portmanteau of glamorous and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping.”

 

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Unique Hotels

post by : zayane.cherbuin



Nowadays, the hotel industry has to be innovative in order to fight the growing market share of platforms such as AirBnB. This is one of the reasons why in the last few years, we have seen many unique come to life. Pop-up hotels are one type of them, but they are not the only one.

“In 2016, we saw a growing trend in clients seeking hyper-personalized experiences,” said Tom Marchant, co-founder of parent company Black Tomato.

According to an article in Retail Touch Points, pop-ups are all about creating “exclusivity and sense of urgency.” In other ways, a pop-up is, in part, defined by its temporary existence. Given that definition, ice hotels may have been the pioneers of pop-up luxury hospitality. But today, there are now companies dedicated to focusing on transient luxury hotel spaces.

Here are a few examples of unique hotels, some of them are pop-up but not all.

 

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Steepest funicular in The World

post by : myriam.reymond



After 5 years of construction, the new funicular going from Schlatti to Stoos was inaugurated on the 17th of December 2017. It is the steepest funicular of the World. Replacing the old town funicular, students use it to go home and tourists use it to get to the mountain to enjoy summer and winter activities. The funicular goes from 562 meters to 1306 in 4 minutes. It has a capacity of 136 person and 34 per cabin. As the slope goes up to 110%, the cylindrical cabins allow a rotation that keeps people horizontal. Concerning the costs, it was supposed to be 43 M but ended up being 52 M. The prices are 22.- CHF per adult and 11.- CHF per child but you can use your Swiss Travel Pass. This is an innovative idea that is good for tourism due to its location and could be applied elsewhere. 

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Hyperloop One

post by : aurelie.stampfli



At the first sight, it looks like the train of the future and is the dream of a lot of human-beings. Let us present you Hyperloop One, the first of its kind high-speed train that can reach the speed of light, which means a speed of 1080 km per hour. This futuristic train is able to do so with a system of magnetic levitation, already used by some trains in Japan. Other performances of Hyperloop are that, it is able to operate silently and its users won’t feel any turbulences while travelling. To add that the system is designed to be entirely autonomous, direct-to-destination (no stop from a destination to another) and on-demand.

The first draft of that revolutionary train saw the light of day in Los Angeles in 2013. The main goal of the project is to transform the whole industry of transportation as we know it today and furthermore, to compete with the air and rail transportation by moving people more rapidly to their destination and at a less costly price.

Hyperloop One is slowly but surely developing passenger and cargo system routes in other countries such as United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, etc. The objective of the company is to deliver a full-service and operational system by 2021.

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Sober Sensation

post by : carmen.rothenbu



Sober sensation is a new partying concept founded by Gideon Bellin, in Berlin. The main idea is to offer a non-alcoholic and drug free party, starting and ending early. This concept is taking the afterwork party to the next level, which allows people to party during the week with low consequences for the day after. Vegertarian and vegan meals can be purchased prior to the party and healthy beverages like smoothies and juices are available to the guests during the whole evening.

 

This idea came to the mind of the CEO 9 years ago, after experiencing a Ramadan party, without any alcohol available and really appreciated the atmosphere. He recently decided to put the concept into place, after noticing a rapid growth of the health and sustainable trend. In the near future, Sober Sensation is going to expand to Europe and eventually to other continents. They plan on developing their own beverages, fashion brand and music label, as well as collaborating with charity organisations.

 

The event will take place in Switzerland this summer for the first time. In our opinion, the party will be a great success and promote the growth of a new emerging tourism trend, which is an alternative to “traditional” party tourism. A recent study revealed a considerable decrease in alcohol consumption for people above 15 years old in Switzerland (Retrieved from www.suchtschweiz.ch). Moreover, the scarcity of this kind of events makes people willing to travel greater distance. In addition, the health trend has never been as popular as today and will help Sober Sensation to be successful.

 
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Flight to nowhere

post by : nadja.osterwal



What to do if you do not have money, or time, or the health to travel anymore? People these days are used to travel frequently, and since there are some limitations between them and travelling they start to get frustrated and disappointed.

However, a Japanese company called First Airlines has found the perfect solution. They provide a luxury first or business class travelling experience without even leaving the ground. With the help of modern technologies and Virtual Reality you will enjoy a comfortable flight, a sophisticated 4 course dinner and a panoramic walk in New York, Paris or another scenic destination for a price of 57 CHF for a business and only a little more for the First Class.

Although, virtual reality offers have already started to penetrate the Swiss market, the offer here is not developed enough yet and does not provide a full travelling experience such as the one offered by First Airlines in Japan.

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Whats the matter horn?

post by : alain.custovic



Trends in tourism have a tendency to lead to a degraded experience in the long run. There is a point where too much crowd is just not bearable anymore. But how can one convince a tourist to skip what is supposedly a destinations "mascot"?

"The Outbound Collective" are a young passionate team who created a platform on which one can share a destination, an experience or even promote their own tourism ideas and offers. Their goal is to inspire discovery and exploration in a responsible and eco-freindly manner. Their platform gives many details and aims to increase sustainability awareness while also giving many diverse alternatives to the local bucket-list experiences.

The platform started at least two years ago in the US and has since developped its database universaly, though the range of offers can be quite narrow in some regions like switzerland. They could become a very usefull partner to diverse swiss destinations wishing to put their authenticity in the spotlight.

 

https://theoutbound.com/

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Meet the Locals (in Switzerland?)

post by : Victoria Chirichiello



In order to engage locals and create an authentic experience for tourists, the Swedish Tourism Office launched the project Meet The Locals.

This volunteered-based initiative has been a success for about 1 year and offers an online platform where locals register as guides to show their perspective of the city. Among the activities offered you can hike in the Swedish nature with Mikael and Malin or bake a typical cinnamon bun with Anna.  

On the website you can find all the information regarding how to choose your host, how to contact them and the prices and/or conditions for the activities they offer.

Similar activities exist in Lausanne (you can register as a local to be a free guide for tourists), however an idea would be to extend it for the whole country where any citizens could show "their Switzerland”. The website “MySwitzerland” and the websites of local tourist offices could be the platforms that connect tourists and locals.

 

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Lugano - Swiss Mediterranean Style

post by : ines.gotti



Lugano – a city with a taste of South – is a very appreciate destination for foreign tourists as well as Swiss.

The city's added value are its natural resources such as the lake and beautiful mountains. The mild climate makes Lugano a good city to relax in parks and have drinks on terraces.

Arts and architecture attracts visitors as well as museums, exhibitions, festivals, events.

Lugano being Switzerland’s third most important financial center, it is noticeable that a considerable part of the business activities is hold by trading and banks.

The city’s major attractions are lake experiences such as boat trips. There’s also a lot of parks in the city where people can enjoy the nice climate and the city’s life. Lugano offers a lot of cultural activities, excursions, sight-seeing and is a very cosmopolitan city but hasn't lost its charms.

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