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Znüni News – Monday February 18

Beautiful weather brings thousands to ski resorts. This weekend‘s sunny and warm weather meant that all ski resort were running at maximum capacity this weekend. Saturday seems to have been the busiest day with Melchsee – Frutt recording 8000, Klewenalp 4000 visitors amongst others. The snow conditions are ideal and although the snow may have been turning a bit sloshy towards the end of the day, it seems like it was an unforgettable weekend on the slopes. The good news is that this sunny weather will remain for the rest of the week.

In a continuing effort to modernise its army, the Swiss government is preparing to spend 7 billion francs on the acquisition of new fighter jets as well as investing into better infrastructures to deal with the digitalisation of modern warfare. This is the biggest shopping spree the Swiss military has gone on to date.

If you tend to book your hotels online via search websites be careful if you visit the Agoda site. Apparently this site falsely states great savings by making up what the regular hotel room prices are. This is something that hotels all over Switzerland and particularly in Luzern are complaining about. Hotels Flora and Schweizerhof are both victims of fictitious price listings (and savings). Whereas it may seem a bit of harmless marketing on Agoda‘s part it could, in fact, tarnish a hotel‘s reputation. Savings for Hotel Flora were stated as being from 1000.- per room down to 150.- per room, when in fact even in high season a room never costs more than 350.-. The Agoda website is based in Singapore and belongs to the same conglomerate as It is unclear how the Swiss can prevent it from continue to make prices up, so it is up to users to get their deals elsewhere. Hotels recommend that you check their websites directly as they usually offer the best deals available. Also note that and Agoda’s booking fees can be anywhere between 12% & 16% of the final cost.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.