Article swissinfo 28. May 2020
Staycation no silver bullet for Swiss tourism
Few industries have been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than tourism. In Switzerland, the sector is counting on domestic demand to help offset an expected slump in international business this summer. It seems like a sure-fire strategy in a country spoiled for choice when it comes to natural and cultural attractions. But selling the Swiss on Switzerland isn’t so easy, says Michael Maeder, head of the official tour operator.
Article swissinfo 28. January 2020
Coronavirus expected to hit Swiss tourism industry
Reactions were mixed among other tourism officials. Michael Maeder, director general of Switzerland Travel Centre, said the busy Chinese holiday period in Switzerland only really starts in April, so the recent freeze on group tours had not been felt. Chinese groups represent 3-4% of their annual turnover and two groups had already cancelled for this week, he said. “Depending on the length of the ban, it may have an influence on our business, as clients may make other plans when the ban is lifted,” he said.
Article nezasa 20. Mai 2019
STC Launches New Website Including Nezasa’s Booking Platform “TripBuilder”
Switzerland Travel Centre (STC), the official and largest tour operator for holidays in Switzerland, launches its brand new web appearance on switzerlandtravelcentre.com. Its booking platform is powered by Nezasa’s technology.
Article TTG Asia 12. December 2018
Switzerland Travel Centre sets up first Asia base in Hong Kong
Switzerland’s largest DMC Switzerland Travel Centre (STC) now has its first Asia base with the opening of an office in Hong Kong.
Launched on November 29, the Hong Kong office has three full-time staff and handles only B2B business. Currently, the DMC has representatives taking care of Asia sales activities in Beijing, Seoul and Bangkok.
Article Condé Nast Traveler 6. December 2018
The Best Airline Stopover Programs
Instead of spending all day in an airport waiting for your connecting flight, take advantage of these airlines’ stopover programs, which let you spend up to ten days exploring a new city, with no additional cost of airfare.
Dubbed ‘Stopover Switzerland,’ the program lets travelers flying on SWISS stop in the country for up to four nights, on either in-bound or out-bound flights, plan their own trip, or choose from a number of available packages, thanks to a collaboration between SWISS Air Lines, Switzerland Tourism, and Switzerland Travel Centre, the largest tour operator for Swiss holidays.
Interview CNN Money Switzerland 16. October 2018
Switzerland Travel Centre expects Chinese tourists will double in next 2-3 years
Switzerland Travel Centre, the country’s largest tour operator, projects that within the next three years the share of tourists coming from China will increase to 20 percent. In an exclusive interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, CEO Michael Maeder says, “We are getting 10 percent of the share from China this year, but we do expect it to grow.”
Article Insider Travel Report 21. September 2018
SWISS Launches New Series of Stopover Packages for Switzerland
The new “Stopover Switzerland” program, a collaboration among SWISS, Switzerland Tourism and Switzerland Travel Centre, features an initial range of eight different packages, including accommodation and public transportation covering all Swiss regions.
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Article PAXnews 02. May 2018
Switzerland’s cycling tours take travellers Back to Nature
In 2017, Switzerland saw the highest number of overnight stays recorded in 25 years. Last night, Switzerland Tourism hosted the trade media at their Toronto office to highlight what’s new and exciting in the country this year.
Article Travel Press 02. May 2018
Go For a Ride in Switzerland
A wise man – Albert Einstein – once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
With biking being a focus of the promotional efforts for Switzerland this year, those were also the words Pascal Prinz, Director Canada for Switzerland Tourism used to kick-off a summer launch event held in Toronto last night (May 1).
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