How will tourism look like in times of Covid-19 and thereafter? An interesting and exciting question at the same time that is discussed with hoteliers, with tourist boards, with travel agents and tour operators - shortly said with everyone who is somehow involved in tourism, which are quite a lot of people. The Austrian travel-journalist Eckart Mandler got the Columbus award 2020-21 and he pretty much sums it up: We will have to take the responsibility for our travels.
Even if the whole winter season is so different and even not existing this year, one thing did and does not change: the first months of the year are completely dedicated to negotiating and preparing the contracts for the next winter season. The big question is: How will the hotel rates change? Will there be extra-super-great specials and discounts?
"Felicita" - who does not know this famous Italian song? When thiking about the time after Corona, when thinking about the sun in my face and a delicious pizza in front of me this word and the song describe exactely my feelings: pure happiness :). And with this very positive feelings let's dive into the great world of music in Marche region featuring more than 200! small theatres, 2 opera locations, and great festivals.
The Ötztal valley is commonly known for its main skiing resort Sölden with the glaciers, the first world cup races in every new skiing season and since 2018 for the 007 Elements - James Bond cinematic installation. But what do we know about the other resorts in the valley, and about summer? Last summer I enjoyed some days in the Ötztal valley and this is, what I found out.
The last weekend brought my mood somehow down. In both our winter destinations - Austria and Italy - winter holidays are still not possible. Until the end of February at least. So, one reason more to get back into good mood and to fully concentrate onto the upcoming SUMMER season. Last week I already wrote about our rich mountain portfolio, today the focus is on beach holidays in ITALY.
While still waiting for the winter season to get started, let's start to think about the upcoming summer season. Summer, sun and sea in Italy are great. But summer, sun and MOUNTAINS or lakes in Austria and Italy are a perfect option you should definitely think about. With today's blog post I start to provide you with in-depth insights what to do in the mountains in summer - apart from hiking of course :).
So, right on time with Christmas, most of Austrian skiing areas started into the winter season. The skilifts opened and our dear hoteliers in the mountains can enjoy their sloped to start then loaded with energy on January 18 or 23 - hopefully - into a great remaiming winter season 2021. Meanwhile in Vienna, the famous icerink in front of the cityhall - the Vienna Ice Dream (Wiener Eistraum) started earlier than originally planned into the ice skating season.
Isn't applause wonderful? It lets you know that you are doing well in something and it motivates you to keep going ahead. For the upcoming year 2021 I would like to understand the applause the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gets for its New Year's concert also as an applause for an upcoming great year 2021.
While we are all waiting for the tourism to starting off again in 2021, let's get into the mood of Christmas. In Austria, Christmas time is Christmas cookies time. Among the classics - and they are also my very personal favourites - are the 'Vanillekipferl'. Turn on some Christmas music and enjoy baking the tiny delights. The recipe? Here we go - for you :)!
It was Dec 7, 2005 when I entered the Melur office for my very first working day, not really knowing what was expecting me. What would be my work? How will be my colleagues... and not to forget: is there a dresscode and do I need this very official business outfit?