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Switzerland’s Tourism Sector Surpassed Its Pre-pandemic Levels During August

Switzerland recorded a 34 percent increase in overnight hotel accommodation in August compared to the pre-pandemic period, as the majority of Swiss citizens decided to spend their summer holidays within the country.

According to a press release issued yesterday, October 5, from Switzerland’s official tourism page, overnight hotel stays by local guests have been higher than ever, with the country setting an all-time record of more than 2.5 million hotel night stays. Monthly, reports.

“Swiss created 2.57 million overnight stays in Switzerland in August, which is a strong 34.4 percent increase in overnight stays compared to the previous ‘normal’ year before the pandemic. An unprecedented record,” the Swiss Tourism Authority said in a statement.

In addition, since Switzerland decided to impose less stringent entry restrictions and open borders to foreigners who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the country has managed to almost reach the levels recorded in 2019. Compared to the same month in 2019, 89 percent of the European guests in Switzerland in August.

Similar to other summers, the majority of travelers who decided to visit Switzerland during August were from the Benelux countries with 231,000 overnights, which is a 21 percent increase over 2019 figures, including France with 170,000 overnights (+11 in cent).

Germany was also part of the countries whose citizens decided to visit Switzerland this summer, staying 485,000 nights, which is a 7 percent increase compared to two years ago.

For more than six years, the Benelux countries, France and Germany did not book such an increased overnight stay during August in the Swiss market, despite the normal epidemiological situation, which was a surprise to the country.

Regarding the long-distance market, Switzerland Tourism revealed that 58% of overnight stays of guests from Gulf countries in August 2019, as well as 39% of travelers from North America, were accessed again.

“Switzerland Tourism (ST) has always been locally active in the markets. We have kept Switzerland as a holiday destination fresh in everyone’s mind. And it was worth it. It is now important to use targeted and effective campaigns to bring back the last missing guests,” said Martin Niedger, Director of Swiss Tourism. especially from abroad and business tourism.

Urban destinations, such as Geneva, Basel and Zurich, were the main places marked by a large number of tourists during the month of August. However, tourism was again limited to rural areas, especially the mountains.

Previously, Switzerland imposed new entry rules for travelers from six third countries. Travelers from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei and Japan are only allowed to enter if they provide proof of vaccination with one of the vaccines recognized for travel by the Swiss authorities.

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