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ASTORIA RESORT: Elisabeth Gürtler

Living in the Region Seefeld: How long have you already been living here or what brought you here? What makes the Region so special for you / your family?

My family has been in Seefeld since the Fifties. My parents decided to stay in Seefeld because they loved this plateau - but also for the wonderful sports that you can do here, such as cross-country skiing or hiking and downhill skiing. People also say that nowhere else in the Tyrol has so many hours of sunshine as Seefeld! I am in Seefeld each week and enjoy every stay so much! Seefeld and the Astoria Resort have become my second home!

Each of our partner-hotels for WSC-athletes in the area is unique: How would you describe the philosophy which brought you to this point and which distinguishes you from other hotels?

The increase in digitalisation also has a downside: stress and haste are now parts of our everyday life and it is more and more important to relax on holiday and recharge your energy. The experienced Astoria team makes great efforts to care for the international guests of the resort: the individual care of our guests is not an empty phrase for us, we live it! A spacious and perfectly-equipped hotel that leaves no wish open and a unique spa area makes it easier for our many holidaymakers to leave everyday life behind.

Are there any personal memories of the last FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1985 that you / your family could share with us? Did this event change or create new ambitions for Nordic ski sport?

Since the Olympic Winter Games in 1964, the Seefeld region has proved itself to be a perfect venue for athletes and spectators from all over the world! Nordic sports have probably found a second home in Seefeld as well, just like me. I think that such big events can definitely contribute to amateurs trying their hand at this sport and improving their health at the same time! We at the Astoria Resort are very much looking forward to the 2019 World Championships!

What are you looking forward to while hosting the top WSC 2019 athletes in your hotel?

The top athletes put in great performances in their sports and also act as advertising for the event. It is a great pleasure for us to welcome them on a personal level, along with other friends of the resort and our regular guests! If we succeed in creating personal and inspiring encounters, then we will have really managed to create a special atmosphere!

Do you have a vision or a personal wish for 2019?

That the motto of the house "A STORIA A - a story a legend" will be continued in 2019 by many more legendary guests and legendary employees. Another chapter in the hotel's long tradition.