Switzerland’s tourist industry has reported positive figures for the winter season 2009-2010.
Provisional figures published by the Federal Statistics Office confirm an increase of 0.5 per cent during the winter (from November 2009 to April 2010) compared with the same period the year before.
It said there were 15.9 overnight stays, an increase of 86,000.
The figures come despite the weakness of the euro and continuing global financial instability. But the industry is expecting trying times ahead.
According to the director of Switzerland Tourism Jürg Schmid, “Swiss tourism has shown itself to be competitive, but will have to deal with serious challenges in the near future.”
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