From swimming pools to SAC huts: These sectors benefited from the hot summer
The beautiful weather drew many people outside in the summer. Sectors that urgently needed a recovery after the corona crisis were able to benefit from this.
First the corona measures and then a rainy summer in 2021 had caused the mood in the Swiss cable cars to sink deeply in the last two years. Now the summer sun has banished the bleak prospects: things are looking good for the industry after the end of the holiday month of August. On Wednesday, Seilbahnen Schweiz reported 40 percent more sales and 30 percent more first-time entries for the months of May to August than in the previous year. Compared to the five-year average, the increase in first-time entries is nine and in sales 17 percent.
It is still too early for a final season balance sheet, says Raoul Steiger from Seilbahnen Schweiz. However, the first months of the summer season went very well. “Last year it was rainy and cold, this year the complete opposite,” says Steiger. That attracted a lot of people to the mountains.
A lot of work for the staff of the SAC huts
The staff at the SAC huts also noticed this. “The periods of fine weather were extremely long,” says Bruno Lüthi, head of hut operations at the SAC, when asked: “If there are never two or three days of bad weather to catch your breath, it’s very demanding”. According to the first feedback, the huts were able to record a good season. After the last two summers, more and more foreign guests have come again.
While the beautiful weather made the hut cash register ring, the summer also went to its real asset: the glacier and mountain landscape, which is why most visitors make the long climbs in the first place. With the Mutthornhütte, an SAC hut had to be closed for the first time. “Something like that scares you,” says Lüthi. “The challenges will not decrease.”
The fact that many classic alpine routes were closed this summer does not necessarily have to have an impact on the balance sheet of the huts. Hikers accounted for the majority of visitors to the hut today. “Many also come to the mountains to cool off,” says Lüthi. This summer, however, it was also very warm at high altitude.
There was also a lot going on in and on the water
While the melting of the glaciers in the summit regions adds a drop of bitterness to the joy of a good summer, undiminished joy prevails on the lakes below. Stefan Schulthess, President of the Association of Swiss Shipping Companies (VSSU), told CH Media that the 2022 season had been “very good so far”.
The low water levels were not significant. Only the shipping traffic between Diessenhofen and Stein am Rhein was interrupted and on individual lakes, such as Lake Lucerne, one still noticed the absence of Asian guests. “For most companies, it should be a very good financial year at the pre-crisis level,” says Schulthess.
“The summer was absolutely brilliant,” says Martin Enz from the Association of Indoor and Outdoor Pools. Although there are no absolute figures yet, some of the outdoor pools have already reported record frequencies. “Many pools are heading towards record sales,” says Enz on request. But that doesn’t automatically mean a record profit: “A season subscription remains a season subscription, no matter how often someone goes to the pool,” says Enz. It could also be that the expenses increase more than the income.
Good sales, but growing concern among brewers
Finally, the beer brewers also benefited from the hot summer. “We were able to manage well,” says Marcel Kreber, director of the Swiss Brewery Association. The sunny weather gave the industry a break after the difficult Corona years. “Many festivals and events have been rescheduled,” said Kreber.
The brewers have no reason to celebrate, Kreber speaks of “growing concern.” The reason for this is fears about the impending shortage of gas and energy. The breweries need a lot of that. The prices for the raw materials are also increasing, according to Kreber. “Outputting hectoliters is one thing, making money is another,” he says.