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An attendee walks through the snow on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
An attendee walks through the snow on day three of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Davos Diary, 25 January 2018: WEF summits have changed this ski town

Restaurants and cafes serving the local fare have all but disappeared. Instead, they have been replaced with hospitality lounges of companies and countries

Lucky strokes

Old timers will tell you, stay in Davos and stay on the promenade or at least as close as possible to it. The last three years, we took up accommodation in Klosters; great place to stay, but we ended up missing out on the late night fun. This year we got lucky and managed to get close to the promenade—the closest I have stayed to the Congress Centre, which is three minutes’ walking distance. Belvedere Hotel is a minute’s walk and the Indian Adda about seven minutes’. I am sure the locational advantage has caused considerable heartburn. Keeping my fingers crossed for next year. Imagine—I’m already planning for the next visit, even while we are still not done with Davos 2018.

Davos makeover

Earlier walking along the promenade you could find restaurants, cafes, confectionaries, high-end luxury goods shops. All of them have disappeared, one-by-one, over the years. Instead they have been replaced with hospitality lounges of companies and countries. Our own Indian Adda is located in the iconic Cafe Schneider. I miss the local fare of pizzas, cakes and hot chocolate.

Tailpiece

Later in the evening, the World Economic Forum is hosting a private reception for President Donald Trump and a select invite list has been readied. It will be the most high profile event of the day. Traffic snarls are for sure, so I am ready with my snow boots loaded with shoe spikes!

This is the concluding entry of the Davos Diary.

Ajay Khanna is chief, strategic and public affairs, Jubilant Bhartia group, and vice -chair, WEF regional strategy group for South Asia. Views are personal.

The promoters of HT Media Ltd, which publishes Mint, and Jubilant Bhartia group are closely related. There are, however, no promoter cross-holdings.

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