Hanna Erharter: “The Festival? It will happen!"
Today's meeting is with Hanna Erharter who, in addition to being the director of the San Candido Tourist Association for almost twenty years, is one of the pillars in the organization of the Alta Pusteria Festival, to which she has collaborated since the first edition in 1998.
GOOD MORNING HANNA, LET'S START TALKING ABOUT TOURISM. IN YOUR SAY, HOW HAS MOUNTAIN TOURISM CHANGED IN THE LAST TWENTY YEARS?
The number of mountain enthusiasts has certainly increased. Compared to twenty years ago, people pay more attention to what is healthy, and going to the mountains is healthy! The air is clean, the spaces are immense, the food is genuine; a perfect environment to purify body and spirit.
THE LAST WINTER SEASON HAS PASSED WITHOUT TOURISTS AND WITH THE HOTELS CLOSED: WHAT FEELINGS DID YOU FEEL?
It was a surreal experience that none of us would like to repeat in the future: on the one hand a truly extraordinary winter season, with lots of snow and fabulous landscapes; on the other, the completely closed hotels and deserted ski slopes. Of course, we would have liked to share this landscape with all snow lovers, but I'm sure we will see each other again this winter.
SAFETY PROVISIONS HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR TOURISM IN GENERAL: FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW, HOW SAFE ARE VAL PUSTERIA HOTELS?
It must be recognized that all of our hotels have been extraordinary and have complied perfectly with the safety regulations. We have very specific protocols to respect and, up to now, we have not registered any problems in this regard.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR TOWN: WHAT DOES SAN CANDIDO OFFER IN WINTER AND WHAT IN SUMMER?
San Candido can be visited all year round. Autumn with its warm colors and clear days; in winter with the slopes very close to the hotels and easily accessible, the Christmas market and the festival of snow sculptures. And then the summer, with numerous walking trails and cycle paths for the more sporty, all in an always pleasant climate.
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ALTA PUSTERIA FESTIVAL: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SAN CANDIDO AND THIS EVENT?
San Candido and the Festival are closely linked: the Festival was born here more than twenty years ago and has grown here. In addition, it is highly appreciated by both tourists and fellow citizens and now has its fixed place in the calendar of events: we are looking forward to the next edition!
YOU COLLABORATE THE FESTIVAL'S ORGANIZATION SINCE ITS BIRTH: IS THERE AN EPISODE THAT YOU REMEMBER PARTICULARLY?
A memory to which I am particularly attached is that of the first parade of choirs, here in San Candido. It was the summer of 2003, and I had been director of the Tourist Association for a few months; my role, that Saturday afternoon, was to stand on the stage in Piazza del Magistrato to greet the approximately ninety choirs that concluded the parade by entering the square. Seeing the square fill up with more than three thousand singers from all over the world, I felt an indescribable emotion; then when they all sang together, in the background of the Baranci, I really had the chills. Even now, if I think about it, I get goosebumps ...
A PERSONAL QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH?
It can only be a Tyrolean dish: pressed dumplings on sauerkraut salad! Of course, preceded by a rich appetizer of our cold cuts with lots of horseradish and cucumbers ...
AND FINALLY, A FORECAST: WHAT WILL SUMMER 2022 BE LIKE?
The Festival will take place: I am sure that, with due attention, we will soon be able to overcome this period. And the Val Pusteria will be full of music again!