The bed capacity in the Urseren Valley has been continually expanded in recent years. Apart from 2016, when only 600 new beds were added, the number of additionally created beds has exceeded 1,000 per year, even reaching as high as 2,858 in 2019 and 2,567 in 2020. This is all the more gratifying in light of the fact that bed capacity in the past was practically stagnant for several years. The Chedi Andermatt initiated the turnaround in 2013 with 240 new hotel beds. With the development of Andermatt Reuss with more holiday apartments and the Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen (around 500 beds), the number of accommodation options in the Ursern Valley is steadily increasing.
In recent years, Andermatt has posted a sharp rise in overnight stays. They experienced veritable leap from 2018 to 2019, increasing from 137,273 to 189,126. As a result, there are now nearly twice as many overnight stays in the tourism region than there were 10 years ago. In line with the expansion of bed capacities, this trend is expected to continue in the future. Also gratifying is the growing popularity among Swiss guests: Their share has risen to almost 60 percent.
Skier days mean daily visits by guests who use a ski lift at the SkiArena (Andermatt–Sedrun). After the ski areas were linked, this figure reached a record of 469,443 in the 2018/19 season. With the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020, which was accompanied by the partial closure of ski areas, the trend did not continue in the following seasons. However, it can be expected that the frequency in the ski area will once again increase in the coming years, and with it the number of skier days.
Between 2013 and 2016 – in the years following approval of the second-home initiative – new apartments were created only sporadically. Then, between 2017 and 2020, a total of 283 units were built. Most of these had to do with residences in the village quarter of Andermatt Reuss, which has grown dramatically. Applications for building permits have remained relatively constant, apart from smaller fluctuations. Also, apartments that are not allocated to the tourism segment have been constructed at a similar rate in recent years.
The population of Andermatt grew from 1,242 in 2007 to 1,600 in 2020, which is atypical compared with other mountain municipalities. Population growth over the years has been moderate yet continuous. The rise is also attributable to the new jobs created by the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group, and it is likely to continue in the coming years.
Owning to larger investments in infrastructure, Andermatt’s net indebtedness has risen at times. Per-capita indebtedness peaked at CHF 3,669 in 2016, before falling to CHF 1,236 in 2019. This trend shows that the additional investments have paid off in the medium term and that the municipal finances have settled in at a healthy level.
With 119 days of sun per year, Andermatt enjoys the sunny side of life. The mountain municipality is often free of fog, and particularly on Nätschen and Gemsstock, the sun shines very frequently: Between 2014 and 2019, one-half of all days in Andermatt were marked by sunshine. At the same time, the ski area Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis is among the winter destinations most assured of snow cover, meaning that it has a double benefit.
After the Dätwyler conglomerate, the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group (ASA) is the second largest employer in the canton of Uri. ASA operates apartment buildings and hotels in Andermatt Reuss, as well as the SkiArena and catering facilities in the Andermatt+Sedrun+Disentis ski area. During the winter season, no other company employs as many people as Andermatt Swiss Alps: Over 1,000 employees make sure that guests are well taken care of during this time. About half of them work in the ski area alone.