One of the largest hotels in the Swiss resort region of Lower Engadine in the canton of Graubünden will close after the summer, reports the newspaper Tages Anzeiger. The Hotel Robinson Club Schweizerhof in Vulpera has 130 rooms and represents 55,000 overnight stays a year. According to the parent company Robinson Club GmbH, the strong Swiss franc is behind the decision. Lower Engadine tourism director, Urs Wohler, said the hotel is a very important place for the destination and the closure will have a direct impact on the whole region, the mountain railway, the ski school, suppliers and the community.
Casimir Platzer, the president of GastroSuisse told Schweiz am Sonntag that he expects 15 to 20% fewer bookings from the euro zone next winter if the Swiss franc remains strong, reducing jobs by a further 10,000. Since 2008, 25,000 Swiss jobs have been lost in the industry.
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