Overview of Aibnb

Airbnb is a community platform rental that connects people who want to rent their property and travelers looking for accommodation.Today, Airbnb represent 300’000 adverts in 33’000 cities and 190 countries. Since its creation in November 2008, more than 12 billion of overnights have been booked through the website.

It allows for the first person to get a financial contribution and for the second to live a unique and local experience. You can rent an apartment, a house, a castle while making some money. Moreover, as tourists spend less for accomodation they spend more for activites, shopping in the city discovered.

Contested in several regions of the worlds, the company force the traditonal industry to reevalute their way of doing. Numerous hotel lobbies were created to influence the law to react and create special laws for the platform.
Despite several problems, specialists have mentioned that the Airbnb community site could benefit from an adjustment of status. The company would become an “exception to the law” and would be tolerated. In conclusion, the Airbnb website is still seemed to have a bright future


Alexandra Butty, Justine Berclaz, Morgane Pfefferlé and Julia Maret 703_e

Sources: TIA Publication airbnb









Urban ecotourism: How urban tourism could be sustainable and environmentally friendly?

urban ecotourism



This case study will present the new trend of the urban ecotourism. It is common knowledge that green tourism is trendy. The cities are now involved in this trend. A lot of cities have begun to launch initiatives to try and develop the concept of linking social demand, economic needs and environmental requirements. This article will determine if urban tourism can become sustainable and environmentally friendly. The first part will include the explanation of the concept. The second part will present some existing examples around the world and particularly in Switzerland.

Key words: Urban ecotourism, green tourism, tourism, trend, Paris, Toronto, Lausanne

Authors: Alexandra Butty, Justine Berclaz, Morgane Pfefferlé and Julia Maret 703_e

Source: Case study – Urban ecotourism – 703e Tuesday, the 11th of November 2014

Tourism in the Maldives – the environmental impacts

The environmental changes caused by tourists are a publicly discussed topic nowadays. Nevertheless, we still do travel in masses and therefore have a great impact on the environment. The Maldives, a growing destination, has had many issues in past years with negative environmental changes and not long ago started to implement regulations in order to diminish the growing problems, such as coral reef destruction or rise of the sea level. In comparison, Switzerland is also facing problems, but they are of a different kind. The alpine destination focuses on the nature that needs to be preserved and tries to find a solution for the melting glaciers. We wrote this paper to help the readers understand to what extent their journeys and choices of destinations have an impact upon the environment and how destinations manage the issues.



Keywords: Maldives, Switzerland, environmental change, impacts of tourism

Authors: Bonk Sophie, Fäh Sira, Fan Xuxiangru, Gilliand Mélissa & Sottaz Justine


Eco-friendly & sustainable hotels

The aim of this paper is to analyze how ecological hotels are defined and managed. Thanks to our research, we were able to have a more precise idea of the situation worldwide. Through an example, we could understand the key points of this topic and how the concept is applied in practice. We found relevant articles, which allowed us to go more in depth in our study. Finally, comparing the situation to Switzerland we realized that luxury hotels are more and more appealing customers with their innovations. However, mid-priced hotels have still efforts to provide.

Case study: 703_E_Casestudy_Ecofriendly&sustainablehotels_2014

Students: Christelle Deillon, Juliette Lingg, Jeannine Müller & Maud Petigas 703_e (2014)


Le Bleisure


En 2014, la séparation entre vie professionnelle et personnelle est de moins en moins
évidente. C’est l’occasion pour le tourisme d’affaire de s’adapter aux nouveaux voyageurs
sous une forme innovante: le bleisure. Sous l’impulsion de la génération Y, cette nouvelle
forme de tourisme allie voyages professionnels et loisirs. Ce nouvel élément permet un
élargissement et une adaptation de l’offre touristique dans les villes principalement. Certaines, comme Genève en Suisse, ont pris les devants et se sont d’ores et déjà adaptées à la nouvelle clientèle du bleisure.

Rapport: Le Bleisure et la génération Y

Infographie: Infographie

Auteurs:  Turrian, M., Repond, A., Rey-Bellet, F. & Wider, L.


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Images: http://www.ebrainsinc.com & http://fr.canoe.ca

DMO Fallstudie Andermatt

Seit mehr als 100 Jahren wird Andermatt als Ferienort geschätzt. Im laufend des Jahres hat leider die Destination an Wert verloren. Dank der Investition eines ägyptischen Unternehmers, Samih Saviris, kommt das Projekt von Andermatt Swiss Alps AG auf die Beine und wandelt das charmante Bergdorf eine neue, attraktive Tourismusdestination um.


Mara Kessler, Caroline Etter, Daniela Zürcher, Chantal Marcionetti (702_a)

Andermatt_SwissAlps-Infografie und Analyse



Routehappy is a website where “tips & tricks” are shared and discovered between flyers and the crew: ratings, tips, details & photos about the passengers flight & airport experiences are reviewed on the website.

They are able to do it by measuring the happiness rating from each passenger from each flight. For this they use criteria as better planes, seats (comfort), WIFI, etc.

They know that not all flights are the same so they decided to rate them in a new and exciting way. The aim of Routehappy is to evaluate all the data to create « Flight-specific Flyer Ratings ».

Their mission: « Help you fly better ».

TIA presentation

Authors: Sally O’Brien & Maud Petigas 702_e





Switzerland Tourism


Switzerland Tourism is an organisation that is responsible for the promotion of Switzerland as a touristic destination. Founded in 1917 it is governed by public law. Its role is to promote Switzerland for private as well as business travel. Switzerland Tourism promotes the country for incoming and outgoing tourists.
With their funny advertisements, Switzerland Tourism tries to share Switzerland’s traditions with tourists who are not aware of them.

Swiss tourism


Authors: Laureline Magnin, Clio Tettoni, Héléna Galera, Jennifer Cabido, Justine Berclaz, Laura Risse

Pour un paiement facilité, place au cashless !

A l’ère des nouvelles technologies, un nouveau mode de paiement s’est développé : le cashless.

Le cashless permet d’utiliser un support électronique pour procéder au paiement, sans utiliser d’argent physique. Nous connaissions déjà le paiement par carte de crédit ou de débit mais il est désormais possible de payer avec son téléphone portable, un bracelet et même ses empreintes digitales.

Ce mode de paiement est très répandu dans le secteur touristique dans les domaines suivants : les hôtels, les restaurants, les festivals ainsi que dans les compagnies aériennes et ferroviaires.

Plusieurs festivals ont recours au bracelet qui fait office à la fois de ticket d’entrée et d’unique moyen de paiement et qui porte ses fruits : paiement plus rapide, plus sûr et moins d’erreur de caisse aux différents stands. En revanche, l’investissement est conséquent au départ pour tout ce qui concerne l’installation et l’achat des différents supports.

Le cashless est de plus en plus présent et utilisé, si bien que plus de 50 milliards de transactions sont attendues pour 2014. Un véritable succès !


Auteurs: Laura Rey, Michaël Spaethe, Stéphanie Rosa, Fanny Moreillon / 701_d

PowerPoint (PDF): Le cashless TIA final





Cruise ships in Venice

Cruises in Venice

It is commonly known that Venice, the magnificent Italian city, is sinking. Scientists say it is now sinking five times faster than initially thought.
Another thing that is commonly known, is that Venice is a very popular tourism destination. Lots of these tourists arrive in Venice by cruise ship, wanting to enter Venice via the San Marco passage, arriving in the centre of the city.
The two statements above can no longer be combined. The cruise ships bring a lot of tourists to Venice, but the cruise ships also contribute to the sinking process.
After a wave of protests, the Italian government has decided to ban the cruise ships out of Venice. But it is not sure yet what the consequences of this will be. One hopes to stop the sinking, but will the tourists accept the fact that they won’t be able to enjoy the magnificent view any more? And what other consequences will follow, if the tourists don’t accept the decision?

We have tried to find solutions for the problems above. A summary can be found in our PowerPoint presentation.

Cruise ships in Venice

Written by: Natascha Hänni and Laura Jacobs, class 703e


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