Swiss holidaying abroad for longer

Swiss are taking longer holidays abroad and are increasingly heading to Italy, a review of 2010 tourism travel habits has shown.

This content was published on November 15, 2011 - 12:25 and agencies

In 2010, there were 16.6 million overnight stays by the Swiss population, of which ten million were spent abroad. The total number remained consistent with 2009, according to the review published by the Federal Statistics Office on Tuesday.

Italy was the most popular foreign destination, with overnight stays up 19 per cent on 2009. Germany was next, followed by France, where stays however fell by 28 per cent.

The number of trips lasting between eight and 14 nights grew in 2010, particularly those made abroad. The trend since 1998 showed a “significant rise” in longer holidays abroad. Conversely, short stays in Switzerland have been falling since then.

Most Swiss spent at least one night away on holiday (85.5 per cent) in 2010. The average Swiss spent 2.6 nights in a hotel, of which one night was in Switzerland.

People aged 25-44 took the most holidays – three per year – double those taken by the over-65s. People from German-speaking parts of Switzerland travelled more than their French or Italian counterparts.

Half of holidaymakers travelled by car and a quarter of trips were made by aeroplane. The train or bus was usually used for holidays inside Switzerland and fewer people travelled by train when going abroad than in 2009.

While on holiday, people spent ten per cent less than in 2009; on average SFr221 ($241) a day for food, transport and hotel accommodation.

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