Burgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne to re-open in August 2017
The resort has completed nine-year, US$569 million restoration and remodeling project
Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, is to re-open its doors on August 28, 2017, following a nine-year, US$569 million construction project that has seen the hideaway restored as an exclusive destination for health, leisure and culture tourists from the GCC countries as well as MICE and business travelers.
According to figures from Switzerland Tourism, between January and November 2016, 327,551 GCC visitors generated 920,398 room nights in Switzerland with an average spend of US$430 per day. Visitors from Saudi Arabia accounted for more than 50% of GCC overnight stays, followed by the United Arab Emirates. GCC visitors spend more per day in Switzerland than in any other region in the world.
“The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is tailor-made for GCC travellers, with luxury at the forefront of everything we offer. Reservation enquiries regarding Residence Suites have also been very buoyant. Hotel apartments that offer a more private environment are well-liked by Arab travellers,” said Robert P. Herr, general manager, Bürgenstock Resort.
Perched 500 meters above Lake Lucerne, the kilometre-long, car-free resort is accessible by private boat from Lucerne and will comprise four hotels: the five-star superior Bürgenstock Hotel, the five-star Waldhotel Healthy Living, the four-star Palace Hotel and the three-star Pension Taverne 1879.
With a total of 383 rooms and suites, the complex will feature a Healthy Living centre, 12 bars and restaurants, 67 residence suites, a cinema and a 10,000 sqm Alpine Spa. Well positioned for luxury MICE travellers, the resort has a conference centre with a total of 31 rooms, which can accommodate up to 800 guests in addition to a wide range of leisure activities including golf, mountain biking, ice skating and tennis.
The reopening of Bürgenstock according to the resort is also good news for the local economy. Two hundred members of staff have already been hired with a further two hundred required by August. When the resort is running at full capacity in 2020, it will employ around 600 staff.
“A study by BAK Basel Economics has indicated that the resort has immense value-creating potential. Once operating at full capacity, it could be contributing as much as US$145 million gross value to the Central Swiss economy, creating 1,100 new direct and indirect jobs, making it the second-largest employer in the Swiss region of Canton Nidwalden,” Herr commented.