From winter tourism to labour tourism More than 150 years ago, winter tourism began in Lower Engadine (Unterengadin), soon followed by summer tourism. Grand Hotels were built everywhere, including in other regions of Grisons. The first significant setback started with the First World War (1914-1918).
The revival in the Interbellum was of short duration and after the Second World War (1939-1945) the Belle Époque was definitively over. The many other tourist destinations, in Europe and far beyond, and the high exchange rate of the Swiss franc after 2002 did not benefit the tourism sector. There was another phenomenon: the migration of young people to urban areas and the depopulation of (small) villages.
In Lower Engadine, however, Switzerland’s best comes to the fore: innovation, adaptation to new (international) developments and openness, almost entirely financed by companies and local authorities and with a realistic revenue model and, of course, approved by referendum.
The real, durable bottom-up model. Grand hotels are being renovated and reopened, the Pro Büvetta project in Scuol puts bathing and wellness tourism back on the map, and there is a project to redevelop the Trinkhalle (general knowledge and research centre for freshwater in all its aspects).
The most recent project is miaEngiadina in Scuol. This project introduces an ultra-fast cable connection with modern facilities for entrepreneurs and (small) businesses in a beautiful natural landscape and relaxed village.
The highlight of this project is the realization of the so-called InnHub in the village of La Punt in a building designed by the famous English architect Lord Norman Foster (1935).
An ultramodern working and meeting place for entrepreneurs, starters and the public, where nature, technology and infrastructure come together. That makes the work also a little bit of tourism (More information: www.miaengiadina.ch).