A close-up view into the showroom at Andermatt
The first building completed by Andermatt Swiss Alps AG was not The Chedi Andermatt hotel but the Sales and Info Center Andermatt (SICA) in 2008. The wooden building standing across from the train station is primarily a showroom for the one-of-a-kind project. That’s why a large model of the resort is found in the centre of the main room. Pictures, plans and further models of The Chedi Andermatt and the apartment houses round off the presentation. The cosy sitting corner with fireplace, furnished in alpine style, entices visitors to relax and linger awhile.
Also in the SICA are the offices of the sales team. And of course the workplaces of the two managers of the SICA. Locals of the Urseren Valley, Astrid Huber and Karin Müller know the resort better than anybody. They are the main contacts when project presentations, tours or information on the destination are required. “Because we live up here ourselves, we sell genuine emotions”, explains Karin Müller. “It’s great when we can present The Chedi Andermatt in pictures and models here first and then on a tour let the building itself make its impression on the guest”, adds Astrid Huber. The SICA is visited not only by typical real estate customers; school classes, hiking groups, families and tour operators also count among the welcome guests. And sometimes there are chance meetings: “Four people thought our chalet-style building would be a restaurant and wanted to enjoy their morning coffee here. And once a woman visitor was here and asked incidentally whether Mr Sawiris often spends time in Andermatt. Two minutes later, by coincidence, he was standing right next to her – she was overwhelmed.”
“We are happy about every visitor to the SICA. And for the forthcoming Easter holiday we have a special surprise: Any visitor who personally mentions this blog entry to Karin or me will receive as a gift of appreciation an exclusive chocolate rabbit – naturally made in Uri”, tells Astrid Huber.
Opening hours SICA:
daily 09.00 – 17.00
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