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Tourism & Leisure


Ready for a break

From time to time, everyone deserves a break to relax and unwind. Some people go on a vacation to their favourite beach destinations, others decide to climb a mountain, visit famous tourist spots in vibrant cities or go hiking in remote areas – and more and more people are going on cruises. The demand for cruise holidays continues to rise, and Kreuzfahrtberater GmbH in Ahrensburg develops along with the dynamic market. The family company is one of Germany’s most prominent online travel agencies specialized in cruises. Onboard credits are only one of many things that set the company apart.


Inspired by nature

This year, the Dutch blooming hotel celebrates its 70th birthday. Initially founded as an academy, the company added a hotel which eventually became the focus of the business. Located in a natural setting in the dunes of Bergen on the shore of the North Sea, blooming hotel is an inspiring place in an impressive natural setting, a green oasis for leisure and business guests.


An experienced holiday guide

The travel industry has an infinite array of holidays on offer, ranging from last-minute trips to individually put together cultural and educational tours. Ibero Tours GmbH is the place to go for the latter. The experienced tour operator provides expert guidance and individual packages for a unique holiday experience in Spain, Portugal and Croatia.


Family resort for all seasons

Located in Vorarlberg, the westernmost province of Austria, Brandnertal is a picturesque valley surrounded by steep mountains, an enclosed valley at an altitude of 850 to 1,000 m. A tourist resort both in winter and summer, Brandnertal is well known for its family-friendly approach and the huge variety of facilities for children, families and nature lovers. Bergbahnen Brandnertal GmbH, the operator of the close-knit network of cable cars and lifts, is an integral part of the offer, providing easy access to the mountains, villages, sports and leisure facilities.


When modern is grand

When it comes to hotels, it seems that guests have to choose between business and pleasure. Business hotels offer meeting rooms and modern technology but often have a sleek and simplistic style. Traditional hotels offer splendour, but they lack up-to-date amenities. First Hotel Grand Odense proves that the two concepts are not mutually exclusive. A member of the First Hotel Group, the Danish hotel maintains its classic design with all the modern facilities a conference hotel needs.


Popular place without price list

St. Moritz in Switzerland is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. One of the most popular places to stay in the town is the Crystal Hotel. Located in the heart of St. Moritz, the four-star, family-run hotel combines warm hospitality, outstanding service and the unique Alpine ambience to provide its guests with the perfect holiday experience – all of this without a fixed price list.


Passion for people and freight

Cruising has long been a favourite pastime of people of all ages for short or long holidays. Whether with family, friends or as an individual, cruising offers something for everyone. Sharing the waterways with leisure cruises is the freight industry. Both the freight and cruising industries are competitive, so how can a company stand out? Simple: A company can get the best of both worlds and offer both leisure cruises and freight services simultaneously. This is exactly what Viking Line ABP set out to do.


Much more than a bed for the night

The Pullman Cologne is situated in the center of Cologne – only a few minutes’ walk from Cologne Cathedral, the Rhine and the famous historic quarter. The spacious and elegant ambience of the hotel is reflected in the furnishings of its 275 rooms, including 74 deluxe rooms, 9 suites and one suite facing Cologne Cathedral. Bright rooms, each with a comfortable bath with daylight, air conditioning, a safe, minibar and satellite TV, are ideal for relaxation and enjoyment.


Free from boundaries

Travelling over snow on wooden skies has a history of almost 5,000 years. For a long time, the binding consisted of little more than a leather strap fastened over the toe of the boot. It was not before skiing evolved into a sport in the 1800s that great advances in technique and equipment design were made to prevent injuries. HTM Sport GmbH, well known for the TYROLIA brand, has been a pioneer in the development of ski bindings that release the boot to minimize skier injury in the case of a fall or impact. Focusing on active safety, the company located in Schwechat, Austria, offers a product range that provides the perfect solution for every skier, whether for racing, freeskiing, park & powder, juniors or rental dealers.


Sustainable cave management

Postojna Cave is one of the top natural tourist attractions in Slovenia and the most visited cave in Europe. Offering more than 20 km of passages, it is the second-largest stalactite cave developed for tourists in the world. Since its opening to the public in 1819, more than 35 million ‘adventurers’ have visited the karst cave – on foot or taking an exciting ride on the cave train. Today, the unique underground world is managed by Postojnska jama d.d., a dynamic enterprise with a successful strategy for growing visitor numbers further while being firmly committed to preserving the show cave for future generations.


Business travel becomes mobile

Globalization in the business world has resulted in increased travel among employees, and smart mobile devices are making it easier for business travelers to take control of their itineraries when already on the go. Egencia GmbH, a subsidiary of the Expedia group, offers traditional travel agency services as well as new IT solutions for business travel management. Since the start up nearly a decade ago, Egencia has upped its staff tenfold and is now recognized as a global player.

Interview with Florian Storp, Managing Director of Egencia GmbH

Making business travel better

Globalization and the digital age have a signifi cant impact on travel management, and the trend is going towards mobile and online bookings. As a division of the world travel leader Expedia Inc., Egencia GmbH provides innovative travel management solutions for the modern business traveller. With a unique combination of professional services and efficient technologies, Egencia has become one of largest travel management companies in the world, serving more than four billion business travellers in 64 countries. European Business spoke to Florian Storp, Managing Director of Egencia GmbH, about trends and strategies in travel management.


Staying in vogue

Revamping the image of a company or an organization is a major challenge, which has been successfully mastered by the new owner and the new management of Grand Hotel Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea. Within few more than one and a half years they re-established the Grand Hotel as an attractive luxury resort for business and private guests with a focus on families.


They won’t let you fall

Imagine you are hanging from a mountain held up by nothing more than a thin rope. Swaying above a gaping chasm, you would want that rope to be the best it could be – a rope you could trust with your life. That is the standard to which EDELRID GmbH & Co. KG works. Its range of climbing and safety ropes set the benchmarks in the industry to which everyone else aspires.


Wholeheartedly hotels

There are many reasons why a traveler might visit Lyon. The city in the centre of France is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also has a reputation for its cuisine and, thanks to its famous Fète des Lumières, has earned the title of Capital of Lights. It is also an economic centre hosting many congresses, seminars and conventions. Family-run company Groupe Métropole operates four hotels in the city, providing the perfect stay for all of its guests.


On the e-go

Recent innovations have seen a surge in the use of alternative energy sources. More and more homes are heating their water using photovoltaic power, and hybrid cars are all over the world`s roads. Electric vehicles are also on the rise. The Austrian company Schachner GmbH is contributing to that increase. For the past 25 years, it has pioneered the development of electric vehicles as well as small wind power plants.


The hotel with a soul

It is all about the team – this certainly is the first impression when entering the BEST WESTERN PLUS Palatin Hotel und Tagungszentrum GmbH in Wiesloch in the Rhine-Neckar area. And, indeed, the four-star hotel knows about the impact of well-motivated and committed staff members when it comes to running a hotel and conference center successfully. Thus, Palatin Hotel, which is part of the BEST WESTERN hotel chain, focuses on the well-being of guests and staff alike.


A world of wellness: SaarowTherme

Long before the health and fitness craze had even been heard of, spas were appreciated as centers of rest and recuperation. Bad Saarow used to attract the citizens of Berlin who were looking for a quick getaway. In the meantime the spa operated by Bad Saarow Kur GmbH has become popular with people from all over Europe and ranks as one of the most modern health and holiday resorts.


40 years at the travel industry’s service

Travel agents specialize in making travel arrangements on behalf of individual, group and business clients. Their job is to advise customers on air, rail and sea travel and provide access to cheap fares, hotel deals and other perks travellers cannot get on their own. TAS Touristik Assekuranzmakler und Service GmbH from Frankfurt, Germany is the company that supports these specialists by providing insurance tailored to their specific needs.


Moving waters

Due to the decreasing state funding of national health systems, we all have to take even better care to stay healthy and fit. Within the last few years, most of the national health systems in Europe have become industrial markets which are subject to economic rules and tendencies. Against this background, the fitness and wellness industries have been enjoying tremendous growth rates. Wellness equipment such as spas, saunas and whirlpools are in high demand for both private residences and public facilities. Jacuzzi® France is the French distribution arm of the US-based Jacuzzi® group, a pioneer in wellness equipment. Being well-established in the upper end of the market, the company now aims to expand into the medium market sector.