Archive for August, 2008:
29 Aug 08
Currently standing in the middle of thousands of young persons at the lake of Zurich enjoying the friday evening with Johannes and his colleague. Today was my last day at GetYourGuide so Johannes and I had to go out to party a bit after a long day with little sleep.
Actually we’re experiencing web 2.0 globalization: a common event in Spain organized by young people found its way to Switzerland through facebook. Continue reading
29 Aug 08
After a mixed start, it seems as we would finally still have a summer in Switzerland this year. The last days were almost cloud free and temperatures well in the 20s. I used the opportunity to go hiking last weekend and in this post I show some of the pictures I took. Continue reading
We’re still a long way from having a clear picture of what’s actually going on in the Chinese travel market, but here’s what we have learned so far.
The Chinese travel market is huge. Domestic travel takes the lion’s share of the market with over 1 billion travelers per year although inbound travel with 50 million travelers in 2006 (WTO) and outbound travel with 41 million travelers in 2007 (ChinaContact Outbound Travel Handbook) are no slouch either. Continue reading
Tens of billions of dollars have been spent, hundreds of thousands of police, soldiers and volunteers have been mobilised, and more than 4 billion people are expected to follow the Olympics on TV. With an event of such magnitudes coming up, let’s take a look at some of the other superlatives surrounding the Beijing Olympics so far.
Most surprising: Olympic village facilities. There are many things to love about China but clean facilities is not usually one of them. Surely, the authorities gave their all but to hear statements such as “best Olympic village I have visited” from Norbert Littkopf, a six-time Olympic Games attendee and coach of the German female judo team, is still positively surprising. Continue reading