Baar, Switzerland (June 12, 2013) — The Swiss company Hapimag, which offers rights of residence, looks back on a successful winter season 2012/2013: The occupancy rate in the winter months increased by 5.2 per cent compared with the previous year. In particular the resorts in the Alps were able to report an increase. The approaching summer season also looks promising.
Hapimag members used the resorts both for winter breaks and for holidays in warmer regions. At 61.6 per cent, the occupancy of all 57 resorts and residences in the winter months increased by 5.2 per cent against the previous year. In the winter season from December 2012 to April 2013, Hapimag registered around 850 000 overnight stays (previous year around 790 000), and welcomed 128 000 guests this winter (previous year 120 000). Ten of the 57 resorts and residences achieved an occupancy rate of over 80 per cent: As in the previous year, the highest occupancy, at 95.4 per cent, was recorded on Gran Canaria (ES).
4.6 per cent higher occupancy rate in the Swiss resorts
The Swiss resorts and residences are at a constantly high level, and at 69.9 per cent surpassed the occupancy rate for the previous year (65.3 per cent). With an occupancy of 78.9 per cent, Flims is again the most popular Swiss resort. Also in the Austrian resorts and residences, the occupancy rate showed an increase to 76.4 per cent (previous year 64.1 per cent). Bad Gastein reports an occupancy of 72.1 per cent, which is the highest increase in Austria: an 18.8 per cent occupancy rate increase over the previous year (53.3 per cent). Sonnleitn also showed a strong increase of 17.8 per cent – The resort in Carinthia recorded an occupancy of 76.1 per cent (previous year 58.3 per cent). In addition to the Alpine and seaside destinations, the city destinations also enjoyed great popularity, especially Paris with an occupancy rate of 90.5 per cent (previous year 80.0 per cent).
Good booking levels for the summer season 2013
Bookings for the resorts are again already very good for the summer months; compared with the previous year, bookings are higher in nearly all the resorts and residences. The resorts in the south and at the sea-side are again proving very popular, and now only have a few individual free apartments. Anyone not wanting to forego a holiday in the sun can still book an apartment in Puerto de la Cruz (ES), Marrakech (MA) or Porto Heli (GR), or enjoy the cooler mountains in Bad Gastein (AT), Sonnleitn (AT), Flims (CH), Winterberg (DE) or Chamonix (FR). There are also apartments available in the Château de Chabenet (FR) – A perfect location for some time out off the tourists’ beaten track.
50 years ago, Dr. Guido M. Renggli and Alexander Nette founded the company Hapimag with the concept of purchasing holiday properties for the flexible use by shareholders. An idea that is today trendier than ever. The discussion relating to the Swiss referendum on second homes shows clearly that in future ‘cold beds’ should be avoided as far as possible. Thanks to the Hapimag business model, the four Swiss resorts achieve an average annual occupancy rate of over 74 per cent – at Hapimag the beds are warm!
In the anniversary year, many activities are taking place under the motto ‘sharing & caring’. More information is available at www.hapimag.com/50.
The Hapimag company
Hapimag is a services company in the individual leisure and lifestyle sector and was founded in 1963. As the leading European company offering rights of residence, Hapimag provides over 141 000 members with access to an economically and ecologically sustainable platform with 57 addresses at top locations in 16 countries. Over 5300 apartments are available to members for their individual use, supplemented by gastronomy, wellness, cultural, service and infrastructure facilities at the individual locations. The company employs approximately 1400 people (full-time) and in 2012 generated an operating income of EUR 186 million. Hapimag is a joint-stock company according to Swiss law and is based in Baar/ZG (CH). www.hapimag.com
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