Fantasy prizes should have been a thing of the past in Davos. The organizers of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the local tourism association have recently repeatedly praised improvements. A Blick research a few days before the annual meeting in the Landwassertal, which was postponed from January to May due to the corona pandemic, shows: This time the hoteliers actually have themselves under control. Most accommodations are already fully booked.
A different picture emerges from the private providers of apartments in Davos. If you come to the WEF at short notice and want to live in the city or the surrounding area, you have to dig deep into your pocket. The week from Saturday to Friday costs between 10,000 and 20,000 francs across the board – depending on the size of the apartments. That makes 1700 to 3400 francs per night.
The most expensive apartment in Davos
But it gets even bolder. A private provider demands around 94,000 francs for a 4.5-room apartment during the WEF week – 15,700 francs per day! He advertises openly with the summit meeting of business leaders and places his ads on the usual booking websites with the name “WEF 2022 Davos”.
The apartment is located right next to the Steigenberger Hotel, is 150 square meters in size and will offer a “fantastic view” of Davos. Alcohol or parties are not allowed, as the unknown landlord writes. If you want to rent the apartment, you have to book for at least five nights.
That’s what the WEF says
Such exorbitant prices are of course also grist to the mill of the critics of the WEF elite. This is probably one of the reasons why the organizers of the economic summit are concerned about the reputation of such price excesses. The same applies to the marketers of the winter sports resort of Davos. They have been fighting the price excesses behind the scenes for a long time – so far with moderate success.
After all, the hotels are sticking to the agreed prices this year, which are only around ten percent higher than in the high season over Christmas/New Year. The media office of the WEF is relaxed when asked about Blick: “The World Economic Forum is satisfied with the good cooperation with our partners from the hotel and non-hotel industry and thanks them for it.” No comments were made on the individual outliers.
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