United Nations declaring Year 2002 as the International
Year of Mountains, the Swiss tourism industry is all set
to woo Indians to their scenic destinations.
industry has sent a team on a 10-day trip to six Indian
cities Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and
Mumbai to meet travel agents and others connected with
the tourism industry to promote Switzerland as the natural
destination for international travellers.
The team, while highlighting the new tourist attractions
in their country, will also hold workshops for tour operators
based in Mumbai and Delhi.
the recent years the number of Indians flying to Switzerland has
increased. During 2001 the number of overnights (the nights
spent in Swiss) by Indians was 1.84 lakh as against 1.78 lakh
overnights registered in 2000. According to the team, the average
stay by Indians in Swiss is 2.5 nights.
Some of the tourist
attractions for the year are: Swiss National Exhibition
(May-October), Polo World on Snow at St Moritz Mountains, Jazz
Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival.
is a country of mountains with 48 peaks, soaring over 4,000 metres.
Further, the distance between two mountains is short and the
travel between them is eased by the countrys mountain-railway
network. Swiss tourism is promoting mountains like Titlis, Pilatus
and Schilthorn, where revolving restaurants
are located at the top.