We’re in Switzerland baby!

We are very excited to be in Lucerne, Switzerland taking part in the Adventure Travel World Summit. And better yet, we’re covering the event and everything Swiss for Expedia.com. You can follow the adventure live on Twitter with our hashtag #ExpediaatATWS and #2012ATTA, on Facebook at ThePlanetD and of course follow our photography on Instagram. We’ve already been sharing amazing photos from Switzerland there and will keep them coming all week long.

the bridge in Bern Switzerland

One of our Instagram Shots from Bern, Switzerland

The 2012 ATWS Line Up

The Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) proves to be one of the most inspiring events we’ve ever been to. With keynote speakers being Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNTWO (World Tourism Organization), Alexandra Cousteau, grand daughter of Jaques Cousteau, Rob Torres, Managing director of Google Travel, Jim Leape, the Director General of WWF International and Darrell Wade of Peak Adventures and founder of our favourite adventure travel company, Intrepid Travel, we are sure to come away with a head full of new ideas about how adventure travel plays a part in tourism and conservation.

Our very own Dave Bouskill is also speaking at the event on a panel with the esteemed Ellen Barone of Ellenbarone.com and Marybeth Bond of the GutsyTraveler.com. They’ll be talking to the industry about how to leverage bloggers for better branding with Casey Hanisko at the helm moderating this trio. I’ll be cheering on from the audience and taking video to share with all. I can’t wait to hear from Ellen and Marybeth to hear how they have taken their busines to the top of the heap.

Check out the Summit Agenda for Dave’s bio and the entire schedule. (Yes, I’m very proud of him)

ATWS in Lucerne

It’s then a week filled with mixing and a mingling with tourism boards and adventure companies from all around the world. Stay tuned for interviews, videos, photos and posts about the entire event and our adventures in Switzerland. This is one beautiful country and we can’t wait to show it off to everyone.

Waterfront of Lucerne

Greeted by a Storm on Our First Day in Lucerne

We’ve already had an amazing pre-summit week where we made new friends and experienced some very fun  adventures as we travelled through the Swiss Alps. The Alps are as beautiful as we imagined and the Swiss precision is exactly what you would expect. Orderly and on time to the second. Only the Swiss can use phrases like “We’ll be there in twelve and a half minutes. Now that is exact!  We’re thinking that we should buy a Swiss watch before we leave to help get us back on track. It’s been a very busy five weeks and we’ve fallen behind on our work and emails but maybe Switzerland is exactly what we need to get us moving and back on schedule.

Make sure to follow all our social media channels for sound bites and photographs. It’s a huge honour for us to be able to meet so many people that are pioneers and leaders in the adventure travel business. We can’t wait to talk to them all and listen to what they have to say.

Twitter #ExpediaatATWS and #2012ATTA, on Facebook at ThePlanetD and photographs on Instagram.

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  1. Cam

    Hey guys! Sounds like a fun filled week… we were just in Luzern a couple weeks ago, so your visit is quite timely for us… we wish we were there right now! :-(
    Make sure you try the beer at the Brauhaus along the river!

  2. Cathy Sweeney

    Loved Lucerne! It’s really true about the precision of the Swiss rail system, too. Refreshing when you’re used to public transport that’s not reliable. Have a great time. Looking forward to hearing more.

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  4. latha

    Lucerne will offer the Summit delegates both a cosmopolitan city rich in art, history and culture, as well as proximity to world-renowned water and mountain activities, with the Summit to be conducted within in walking distance of Lake Lucerne and in the valley of the Pilatus, Titilus, and Rigi peaks.

  5. hemanth

    Mogno is a small hamlet in the Maggia Valley (Val Lavizzara) at 1,180 m, which has only been used as a Maiensäss (assembly of houses in the mountains used during the cattle grazing period) since the 19th century. In 1986 an avalanche destroyed the church and about a dozen houses that were fortunately uninhabited. In the 1990s the Ticinese architect rebuilt the small church, which is dedicated to John the Baptist.

    The innovative building made from alternating layers of native Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite was extremely controversial, but eventually became a landmark that is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The church has no windows, and the interior (which seats about 15 people) is only illuminated by natural light streaming in through the glass roof.

  6. Allensharon

    I haved lived in Genève and I liked that too, I felt a real international feeling there. Bern is also OK, just a bit quiet . Lausanne is also fine, I go there every weekend. Basel is also one of my favourites, it seems to be full of trees, and very laid back.

    The best thing about Zurich is the train to Bern, (That’ll wake the groaners up!), but seriously, what is it you like about Zurich? For 10 years I used to go there every week, so I did see a lot of the place. It seems so sterile and many of the people seem to be snobs, and know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Still I expect many of you work there and so you have to put up with it.

  7. Amelia Adams

    No tourist places on this planet can compare with the beauty of Switzerland. Rightly describe as the Heaven on Earth…Switzerland is outstandingly gifted by the nature, cascading waterfalls, Alps..Common tourist destinations within Switzerland are easily reachable by car, e.g. Geneva from central eastern France, and Zurich from southern Germany

    1. debndave Post author

      Well said, Switzerland is truly beautiful. We were surprised with it’s beauty. We’ve seen a lot of mountain ranges in our lives, but the Swiss Alps really are a stand out.

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