Annual Press Conference: Andermatt Update
A world-class destination is taking shape before our eyes at Andermatt. Our annual press conference, held this week, was our chance to update local press and followers of the resort.
Over fifty journalists gathered in Andermatt to hear Samih Sawiris, the chairman of Orascom Development Holdings and designated chariman of Andermatt Swiss Alps, share his news on the project’s progress.
News that the project is progressing to schedule was welcomed warmly, with highlights for 2013 including the opening of the flagship 5-star Chedi Andermatt hotel on 6th December. The latest Chedi in Europe, it is the creation of renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy and Denniston International Architects & Planners. The 50 key hotel and residences will be managed by internationally acknowledged hotel group General Hotel Management (GHM), whose team took up residence in Andermatt in March. Meanwhile, work on the first two apartment buildings, Hirsch and Steinadler, is already underway. They will be topped off (their exteriors completed) this summer, and ready to welcome their new owners in spring 2014.
The Chedi Andermatt won’t be the only hotel at Andermatt Swiss Alps. Plans for the second, a Radisson Blu Hotel, are in their final stages, with this approximate 180-room hotel set to include meetings and conference facilities as well as a spa and restaurant. In addition to the penthouses and apartments in the Chedi Andermatt, the Radisson Blu Hotel will provide approximately a further 80 properties.
For keen skiers, there is plenty to cheer about. When completed, the Andermatt-Sedrun ski area will be the largest in central Switzerland, and providing the final permissions are granted, will start to take shape this year. The first lift – a six-seater chairlift that will run from the Oberalp Pass to Piz Calmut – has been ordered. It will be installed in autumn and operative, while four to five ‘magic carpets’ will be in place for the 2013/14 winter season. Thanks to these and other innovations throughout the next two years, come the 2014/15 season, guests will have a continuous network of ski trails to take in one direction from Andermatt to Sedrun, and by 2015/16 skiers and snowboarders alike will be able to traverse the Andermarr-Sedrun ski area in both directions.
But Andermatt Swiss Alps has always prided itself on being a year-round destination. One of the key draws during the spring and summer months will be the 18-hole golf course, undergoing testing as of summer 2013. Swiss golf pro André Bossert has been announced as an Andermatt Ambassador, and, as the greens takes shape, is full of praise for the sensitive way this first-class course has been incorporated into the alpine landscape.
Much to celebrate, then, and much to look forward to. For the latest updates on all aspects of the progress at Andermatt Swiss Alps, sign up to our newsletter here.
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