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About us

Swiss Tourism Experts is an independent network of consultants and researchers. We are specialists in the tourism and hospitality industry with extensive experience in tourism development, investment promotion, destination management and destination marketing. We can further contribute our knowledge in associated fields such as regional development or capacity building.

Our network stands for Swiss quality, combining excellence, precision, transparency, innovation and reliability. We combine members from Swiss tourism companies with international experience. Benefit from our joint knowledge for your next tourism project. 

Members of the network

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Rafael Enzler

President

Co-founder of gutundgut llc | tourism consultant  | MBA

Destination management, business development, project management

Rafael Enzler is an international experienced tourism manager and placemaker. Before becoming a consultant, he served in different senior management functions for Switzerland Tourism in Amsterdam, New York, Dubai and Zurich. Prior to this post, he was Director of Toggenburg Tourism.

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Barbara Haller Rupf

Vice president

Founder of haller tournet llc

Education management, training of instructors, curriculum and course design

Barbara Haller Rupf, Founder of haller-tournet llc; Former director of the college of Higher Education in Tourism Lucerne (HFT Lucerne) and head of different education programs in the field of tourism management for the University of Applied Sciences Grison (Fachhochschule Graubünden FHGR).

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Christian Baumgartner

Board member

Founder of response & ability GmbH | Professor for sustainable tourism at the FHGR (University of applied Sciences of the Grisons)

Sustainability in tourism, regional development, education management

Christian Baumgartner, landscape ecologist, is specialized in developing and implementing sustainable tourism projects and sustainable regional development. He has vast experience in tourism in protected areas, labelling and monitoring. His geographical experiences cover mainly Europe (Alpes, Danube area, Balkans), Caucasus and Central Asia.

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André Gribi

Board member

Barbara Urfer Wyss

Board member

Gerry Romanescu

Auditor

Founder and Managing Partner at Hotel & Gastro Consulting GmbH

Tourism expert, financial expert, investor search, M&A Hotels

André Gribi is an international tourism expert and leader of different tourism & hotel projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. He worked 9 years (2007-2015) with the franchise Kohl & Partner and since 2015 has his own brand. He has a vast network of investors and is a specialist when it comes to financial aspects for tourism companies and projects.

Co-founder of gutundgut llc | Hospitality and tourism consultant

Destination management, business development, project management

Barbara Urfer Wyss has been working in the strategic positioning of hotels and the launching of touristic projects in Switzerland and abroad for over 25 years. Barbara has extensive know-how about the specific needs of hotels and their co-operation with various partners in the hospitality and tourism industry.

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Co-founder and leader hospitality | G&B Travel and Hospitality Partners Switzerland

Tourism strategy for destinations, guest experience design, quality management

Gerry focuses on the customer experience and creating value for everyone involved along the traveler's journey. In this role, his 30 years of industry experience has driven the transformation of global travel companies and destination organizations in EMEA and Switzerland, creating ecosystems with shared goals and values.

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Bettina Bülte

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Christian Müller

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Veronika Schanderl

Member

Co-founder and leader hospitality | G&B Travel and Hospitality Partners Switzerland

Tourism strategy for destinations, guest experience design, quality management

 

Bettina is specialized in creating smooth guest experiences that match the promise of a hotel brand. Over the past 15 years, she has formulated hotel concepts, conducted feasibility studies and supported destinations in their market positioning in 20 countries of the EMEA region. She lectures at tourism and hospitality schools and speaks at industry events.

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Co-founder of gutundgut llc | Architect, project manager, placemaker

Sustainable tourism, master planning, project management

Christian Müller, graduate architect at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), is specialized in the design of sustainable tourism projects. His portfolio includes architectural services for realized eco-resorts and master plans for sustainable regional development. He has worked in the European Alps, the Balkans, the Caucasus, North Africa and Nepal.

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Executive Manager Tourism Advisory Services | Swisscontact

Destination development, knowledge transfer, sustainability

Veronika combines over 12 years of practical experience in international development cooperation with sound knowledge of sustainability in tourism.  

In her current position at Swisscontact, Veronika promotes the exchange of experience and knowledge in tourism projects around the globe. As managing director of Swisscontact's tourism consulting division, she is also responsible for the organization's consulting, training and coaching services to international partners and clients. 

She is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences and trainings and represents Swisscontact on the advisory board of the World Tourism Forum as a partner for sustainable development.

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Dr. Roland Schegg

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Claude Balsiger

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Darco Cazin

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Research coordinator at the Institute of Tourism of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland Valais

Digital transformation / eTourism

Dr. Roland Schegg is Professor of Tourism at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Valais and researcher at the Institute for Tourism (ITO). Between 2000 and 2004 he worked at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). He obtained his BS at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and his doctorate at the University of Geneva. His research interests include various topics in the field of eTourism and digital transformation for travel and tourism (distribution, website benchmarking, e-commerce, technology adaptation and digital capacity building).

Managing Partner at Allegra Tourism | Outdoor Tourism Consultant

Destination development, master planing and implementation, outdoor tourism

Claude Balsiger’s career in outdoor tourism began over 15 years ago as tour leader and guide for long distance routes in the Himalayas. Since 2007, he holds different positions in the outdoors industry, such as program director at the Swiss Cycling Federation and Editor in chief for Switzerland’s Ride Magazine.

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Founder of Allegra Tourism | Outdoor Tourism Consultant

Destination development, analysis, benchmarking, business models, outdoor tourism, master planning, implementation

Darco Cazin has led the development and implementation of business models and masterplans in many destinations since 2003. He speaks five different languages and he has coined various methods that have become best practice and standards across large parts of the Alps. He holds a Master of Arts in Business Administration and did his post degree studies in Design Thinking.

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Adrien Rebord

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Dr. Thomas Steiner 

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Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation | Advisor Vocational Skills Development

Hospitality, Development cooperation, Entrepreneurship support

Adrien Rebord has worked in international development cooperation since 2013 after gaining private sector experience in hotel development and sustainable tourism. Before joining Helvetas in 2018 as Advisor for Skills Development, he implemented and advised hospitality related TVET projects in South and South-East Asia. Adrien holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, with a specialization in finance, and an Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Co-founder and ceo immotour llc | Expert for transition management

Destination structures, Digitalization, Interim management

Dr. Thomas Steiner is working as a tourism and real estate consultant. The former CEO 
of the FRIBOURG REGION and director of the Swiss School of Tourism is specialised 
in transition management. He is leading restructuring, transformation and interim 
processes for several destinations, official bodies and family businesses. Thomas is 
member of the board of Switzerland Tourism.

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