Continued international migration is inevitable and will lead to greater multiculturalism, says Ambassador William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration. The former US ambassador and head of UN peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo tells CNNMoney Switzerland’s Martina Fuchs that the public often fails to recognize the economic contributions of migrants to the global economy. Erroneous stereotypes need to be overcome through education and the dissemination of accurate data, the outgoing chief of the Geneva-based organization affirms.


“Switzerland is so vulnerable,” says Greenpeace’s Jennifer Morgan
All countries should have binding laws to help reduce carbon footprint, according to Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International. “I would have expected Switzerland to get in front of it, but they haven’t,” she told Martina Fuchs at last week’s WEF meeting in Davos.

SIX Chairman: Switzerland lacks “courage” to defend EU agreement
Romeo Lacher, chairman of SIX, sees positive elements in the framework agreement that Switzerland negotiated with the European Union. But he also sees a “lack of courage” from the Swiss government in promoting it. SIX has become a “bargaining chip” in the negotiations, he says, as the market equivalence with the EU has only been renewed until June.

Two watch fairs for the price of one
Switzerland’s two leading watch fairs, SIHH and Baselworld, have agreed to sync their calendars through 2024. However, according to Fabienne Lupo, managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the cooperation is likely to end there. Anything more, she says, just “doesn’t make sense.”

„The West has lost the art of sharing power,“ says Kishore Mahbubani
Academic and former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani is the author of the provocative book “Has the West Lost It?”. The answer, he says, „is no or not yet. But I fear the West is about to lose it.“ Find out what the Asian century and the rise of China mean for Switzerland—and the world.

How Swiss hotels are coping with climate change
The Swiss hotel industry has been forced to grapple with global warming and one way it has dealt with the issue has been to rethink autumn travel. Peter Kämpfer, the new general manager of the five-star Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, says that extending the summer season is also key.

If your employer was going bust would you buy them out?
When the Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide ran into financial problems in 1994, Andreas Züllig, an employee there at the time, decided to raise the money to buy and renovate it. As we continue our winter tourism series, he tells us about the decision to become the owner of that venerated establishment.

Switzerland sees an explosion in medical hotels
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is planning a health restaurant as part of a five-month renovation of its Grand Hotel Quellenhof. It comes amid a growing appetite for body-focused breaks and lifestyle medicine. General Manager Marco Zanolari also says there’s an explosion in medical hotels.