Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns


WP5 Tschlin

Strategies for an integrated tourism

Case-project abstract

Change of use for empty building to a touristic option, beginning with the school building

Reasons for the choice of this case-project

Changing from a rural to a soft-touristic town

Adopted methodology

Spreading awareness among the local population about the concept of integrated tourism to be developed by exploiting the available local resources and infrastructure.

Expected benefits (local and regional levels)

Especially at local level the improvement of the tourist industry will mostly benefit the creation of job opportunities (catering and hotel activities). Other important spin-offs will be enhanced among the economic activities induced by tourism: handicraft, cheese and meat production of local farmers, the local brewery and all the goods with the ‘Bun Tschlin' brand will find new channels of distribution and selling.

Are follow-up activities foreseen ?

The implementation of a soft idea of tourism with the new hotel will start at first with the founding of a new society, which should take care of the financial backing concerning the renovation and enlargement of the empty existing buildings.

Expected value added (other than financial) from the participation to an INTERREG project

A meningful learning from the experiences of the other partners countries and a fruitful exchange of best practices.

Output indicators

New successful using of the school building, number of guests in Tschlin

Impact indicators

Number of tourists and new job places.

Name of the town/s concerned


Demographic, social and economic situation of the town/s concerned and specifically identified problems

decline in population: Loosing people to the main town of the region (scuol) and to the capital of Graubünden (Chur) or the Swiss cities. A lot of owners of the building not living any more in the small towns.

rural sector: A big part of the population works in the first section

tourism: Not 20 km from is the ski-area of Scuol. In the small towns around Scuol a not prospering rural tourism exists

toll-free-area: Tschlin own a toll-free-area in the valley of Samnaun and can profit financially of it

Role of the mountain resource within the local development chances of the town/s concerned (positive or negative)
  • difficult to reach Tschlin, most east point of Switzerland and with the Flüelapass between Tschlin and the Swiss cities
  • intact nature
  • living local culture

Expected contribution of the foreseen actions towards the development of the town/s concerned

New chance for the future by giving an new economic basis- a soft tourism

Who is the responsible for the concrete development of the project?

The authority of the municipality

How are activities sub-contracted?

Private Person: Maria Vital

Consulting: Alpenbüro Netz GmbH

Beside the partner, which administrative authorities are involved in the project? How?

Alliance of the Alps

Tschlin is member and obtains consulting from the national assistants

Who are the main local/regional project actors?

Political: the community and the members of the authority

Social: active people

Are there important actors who are not integrated or are opposing the project?


The case is isolated or integrated within a broader frame/ programme of activities? How? How are these activities being financed?

Integrated in the development-plan of community

Timetable for the project development (July 2004 - May 2006)


2004: basic-planning:

2005: financial clearing, detail planning, may-be construction work, proofing the idea of the decentralized hotel

2006: may-be construction work, start with the new use

Alp Tea:

2004: basic-planning, financial clearing

2005: detail planning, first construction work, financial clearing

2006: financial clearing, further planning

Are experts (non SSC) involved into the case and research activities undertaken for the case? What is their role?

Expert for tourism&hotellerie

Planning and Consulting