Chedi increases visitors to Andermatt

16th May 2014, by Abi Butcher

The Chedi hotel has increased visitors to Andermatt by one third

The Chedi hotel has increased visitors to Andermatt by one third

The new development in the ski resort of Andermatt, in the Swiss Alps, has been responsible for a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers to the region over the past year.

The Chedi Andermatt opened in December, the first part of a huge CHF1.8 billion development project by Egyptian property tycoon Samih Sawiris that will transform Andermatt, creating around 37km of new pistes, 490 apartments, 25 luxury chalets, six hotels and an 18-hole golf course.

Andermatt sits in the canton — region — of Switzerland called Uri. The canton’s economics director, Urban Camenzind, said in a recent
Radio SRF broadcast: “That which was expected and promised has happened.”

He said on top of demand in Uri growing by one fifth, demand for hotel stays in Andermatt have risen by 35% — only likely to increase further when the golf course opens on 24 May.

“Surprisingly enough about 90% of the guests at the brand new The Chedi Andermatt went skiing (we had budgeted way less),” said Markus Berger, spokesman for the Andermatt development. “This was great, but quite a challenge for the ski butlers and the ski instructors!”

Visitor numbers have increased to Switzerland as a whole over the past year. While not specific to ski resorts, Switzerland Tourism announced earlier this year that the country reported a 6.2 per cent increase in hotel stays during 2013.

Work is expected to start this summer on the ski area in Andermatt.

Mr Berger told WTSS: “We’re counting on receiving it late this week or early next week, so we’re still on schedule for the start of construction on the new chairlift on Oberalp - Piz Calmut plus the snow-making facilities on Gemsstock (final descent to the base station).”



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