Despite the lack of snow
Switzerland Tourism draws good holiday balance
Despite the high temperatures, the Swiss tourism industry draws a positive balance from the holidays. In the case of overnight stays in the holidays around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it recorded an increase of 3 percent compared to the previous year
Despite unusually high temperatures and poor snow conditions, many tourists were drawn to the Swiss mountains over the festive period. This is shown by a survey by Switzerland Tourism. (Iconic image)
According to Switzerland Tourism, this is reflected in a first indicative holiday survey among tourism professionals. The mountain areas in particular were once again popular as holiday destinations.
The tourism offers in the mountains were partly booked up to the capacity limit, according to a communiqué from the industry organization on Tuesday. After a strong previous year, bookings remained stable in the mountain areas. The return of foreign guests has contributed to the increase in the number of overnight stays across Switzerland.
However, the survey shows a decline in day trips (-3%). In view of the rain, spring-like temperatures and a lack of snow, the desire for winter sports trips has probably fallen by the wayside, it is said.
The survey also showed that bookings tended to be made at short notice in the period in question, which points to uncertainty about a possible power shortage, the high inflation rate or the “Christmas thaw”. Nevertheless, the need for holidays and excursions prevailed and the negative framework conditions therefore had no noticeable effects, the statement continued.