(Mineral) Water Positioning Project

The mineral springs of the Lower Engadin have been known since 1369. A good 150 years ago, people began to use this uniqueness for economic and tourist purposes. The strongest mineral waters, their springs, cisterns and drinking houses formed the cornerstone for the development of the tourism industry in Scuol, Tarasp and the surrounding villages.

Mineral water today

Despite the decline in demand for mineral and healing waters, despite the change in primary travel motives in Alpine tourism, water is a central element in the Lower Engadin tourism offer. The localisation of the theme and its anchoring in tourism history provide the region with values that cannot be copied, on the basis of which unique combinations of offers and experiences can be realised. This uniqueness also requires the destination management organisation (DMO) to take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities with regard to current trends and future forms of tourism, and to devote the required level of detail to the topic.

Project goals

With the project «Overall concept for (Mineral) Water Positioning», the DMO Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG (TESSVM) has already been working intensively on this topic for several years with all relevant water stakeholders in the region.

Impact objectives

Gradually, various effects should be perceptible. Many are long-term projects and need more time and the help of many participants until results become visible. The long-term positioning effect of the measures has priority.

  1. The mineral water is used as a central and historical strength for a comprehensive positioning of «water».
  2. Historical sites are preserved and revitalised. The sites are used.
  3. The entire chain of experiences is made continuous: historical sites, theme trails, Bogn Engiadina, fountains, holiday tips, excursions, bookable offers, competence centre, etc.
    The (mineral) water becomes more visible and experienceable for the locals and guests.
  4. New points of attraction increase demand and generate new guests.
  5. The offers create direct and indirect added value in the region.
Quelltuff der Lucius-Quelle in Nairs

About the project

In a preliminary project, fields of action for a possible positioning project were defined and the participating companies, providers and institutions were interviewed. On the basis of this preliminary work, the relevant partners for an NRP project (financially supported by the New Regional Policy) and an initial structure of possible measures were defined. Over a period of three years, those responsible for the project worked on various sub-projects involving a total of around ten institutions. Thanks to broad support, the TESSVM was able to find a cooperation with the municipality of Scuol immediately after the project was completed at the end of 2020, which made it possible to continue working on the (Mineral) Water Positioning. Since the initial project work, the municipality of Scuol and the political region have played a very central role, as have providers of tourist services in connection with water. Finally, the responsibility for the actual offer and the infrastructure lies with the partners. The TESSVM has a coordinating and planning role in the process, as the tourism organisation itself does not operate any services and does not have any infrastructure. Nevertheless, the positioning project still wants to make implementation possible.

Unterzeichnung der Mineralwasserpositionierung von Christina Fanzun

Common charta d'intent

The holiday region Engadin Scuol Zernez wants to consistently address the topic, use it for tourism and increase its regional value. At the end of 2017, various partners undertook to make their contribution to achieving the goals of the (Mineral) Water Positioning and to support the project on a broad basis. The project partners have announced this intention in a common «charta d'intent» for the overall concept of (Mineral) Water Positioning.

The signing (PDF in German)