Questions and insecurities for property owners
In the canton of Berne, the official value of real estate is increasing. The municipalities in the Saanenland are massively affected. While the municipal coffers are being filled, some property owners will have to dig deep into their pockets.
Tourism in focus
Tourism and hospitality are both critically important to the Saanenland.
Open for business
At the time of writing, shops, restaurants and cafés are among the businesses recently allowed to open. The borders with Germany, Austria and France are scheduled to open in a matter of days, with the hope that Italy will follow soon afterward.
Need for a lead?
In the canton of Bern, 76 wild animals were killed by roaming dogs in 2019. Nevertheless, there is no intention to introduce a general lead requirement in the Saanenland, not even during the breeding period, when wild animals are rearing their young.
Fancy new valley station
Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG (BDG) moved into its new offices in the newly built valley station of the Bergbahn Eggli at Easter. The multifunctional building fits beautifully into the landscape while featuring a markedly contemporary design.
Roland Zegg steps down
Roland Zegg will not stand for re-election as a member of the board of directors at the general meeting of the Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG (BDG) in August/autumn 2020. Five years after the comprehensive restructuring of the BDG, the main goals have largely been achieved.
Let us not talk about the coronavirus, but how should it be avoided? After all, the current pandemic has arguably been the most incisive worldwide event during my lifetime. It probably has for most people who had not been born to see WWII.
All major events cancelled
As a result of the corona pandemic, the main summer events in the Saanenland have been cancelled. Even events in late summer are affected.
No shortage despite fewer farmhands on Alpine pastures
The coronavirus is also putting agriculture in distress, because it is not possible to hire foreign farmhands. However, with pragmatic solutions and a positive attitude local farmers handle this issue.
Award for Soroptimist Gstaad-Saanenland
The Swiss umbrella organisation of Soroptimist International has awarded the Best Practice Award to a project of the Club Gstaad-Saanenland. The award was given for the exhibition Welcome Home, which was held in Gstaad in spring 2019 to raise awareness of domestic violence.
With humour and understanding
Under the motto #BackToCinema, Swiss cinemas were allowed to reopen their doors for film fans on 6 June with extensive precautionary measures.
Elections in October
On 25 October, the local council, the president of the municipality and the chairmen of the municipal assembly will be elected. At least five new faces will be elected. Deadline for the candidates is 3 July.
Clearance sale at Atelier für Buch und Bild
At the end of July the Atelier für Buch und Bild in Gstaad will close its doors. Until then there will be a clearance sale and a special offer for framing, mounting and bookbinding.
Sportzentrum open again
Since yesterday, Monday 9 June the Sportzentrum in Gstaad is open again. The protection concept allows only a limited number of visitors.
Lauenen and Gsteig support campaign
The municipalities of Gsteig and Lauenen have also expressed their support for the campaign "Hie läbe – hie ichoufe" in favour campaign to support local trade and gastronomy. Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for the dispatch of the campaign gift cards.
New label Clean & Safe
In order to strengthen the confidence of guests from Switzerland and abroad in Switzerland as a safe and clean travel destination, the tourism industry associations have created the label Clean & Safe.
Five questions to the BDG
Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG (BDG) will start the summer season tomorrow, 6 June with the Wispile. Safety measures and distance rules will change cable car operations to some point.
Saving the Air-Glaciers SA
Following the announcement of the opening of a mass redundancy procedure at the beginning of May, the board of directors of Air-Glaciers SA was able to examine the numerous proposals made by the staff and the Christian trade union SCIV. Job cuts remain significant but can be reduced.