The number of overnight stays rose over Christmas and New Year, and the trend was towards pre-crisis levels. But with the Omikron wall, there are now staff failures. Several hotels have already closed.

In Davos and other ski areas, good numbers were recorded over the holidays.

F & uuml; nf- Star hotel in Davos has to close because of Omikron

According to industry representatives, there were between ten and 15 percent more overnight stays in Swiss hotels over the holidays than at the same time last year.

F & uuml; nf- Star hotel in Davos has to close because of Omikron

Especially foreign guests have been driven back to the Swiss mountains.

That's what it's all about

  • The figures for the hotel industry for the holidays 2021/22 show a good picture.

  • Many guests returned a lost last year.

  • But now more and more staff failures cloud the positive image.

The Swiss hotel industry is looking up again. The industry has defied the Omikron variant and the associated restrictions over the past few days. According to industry information, between ten and 15 percent more people stayed in Swiss hotels over the holidays than at the same time in the previous year. The mountain areas have obviously done particularly well.

Now the Omikron wall threatens to undo the strong numbers of the past few weeks. All over the industry, reports from absent employees who have to go into quarantine are currently increasing.

In Davos, the five-star Hotel Steigenberger had to close due to too many corona cases among staff. Other hotels have announced that they will be closed on a daily basis for the coming weeks. The “Blick” writes of several restaurants and bars in Sankt Moritz, Pontresina, Zermatt and Verbier that have already had to close. The popular Ex-Bar would also have been hit in Davos.

Omikron wall threatens to make up for profits

Compared to the previous year, more guests from abroad came to Switzerland over the holidays 2021/22, writes Switzerland Tourism in one Announcement on Tuesday. The British, Dutch and Germans in particular have decided to travel to Switzerland, explains Andreas Züllig from Hotellerie Suisse to Watson. “The booking status for February is currently at the level of a normal winter.” Overall, the numbers would have reached almost 90 percent of the pre-crisis times. If it hadn't been for the thaw around Christmas, the numbers would have been even better, writes Switzerland Tourism in its announcement. This would have deterred day tourists in particular from a ski trip in the mountains.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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