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Tourism – Indians and South Koreans help Switzerland to more overnight stays News

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 | Economy

The hotel industry in Switzerland recorded a total of 21.9 million overnight stays between January and July 2017, according to the Federal Statistical Office on Tuesday. This is an increase of 4.6 percent compared to the previous year. In July alone, the number of overnight stays rose by 5.3 percent.
In the first seven months, 9.9 million overnight stays went to the account of guests from Switzerland. This is a plus of 3.8 percent. At foreign guests, the increase was 5.2% stronger. They stayed 12 million times in Swiss hotels.
According to regions, tourists from Asia made the strongest growth from January to July with 14.3 percent, ahead of guests from the Americas region with 11.6 percent. The number of overnight guests from Oceania rose significantly, at 12.1 percent. On the other hand, the number of African guests declined by 5.6 per cent.
The main tourist group still comes from European countries. However, it almost stagnated with a gain of 0.67 per cent.
South Koreans discover Switzerland
South Koreans seem to have discovered Switzerland as a holiday destination. In the first seven months, their overnight stays rose by about 30 per cent to over 250,000. Thus, South Korea occupies 10th place in the list of the most important foreign hotel guests in Switzerland. It has overtaken Japan and is only just behind the Netherlands.
Indian tourists also traveled much more frequently to Switzerland in the current year. Their overnight stays increased by 25 percent or around 100,000 additional overnight stays.
The overnight stays of guests from Japan and China also rose markedly by 12.3 percent and 11.6 percent respectively. China is the most important country for Swiss tourism after Germany, the USA, Great Britain and France.
The number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, rose only slightly in the previous years after substantial growth rates. The striking growth of the guests from the USA (plus 10 per cent) and Brazil (plus 25 per cent) is also striking.
(SDA)

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