With raclette and an après-ski style gathering, needless to say, said Pascal Prinz, Director Canada, for Switzerland Tourism as he greeted the trade at a romantic gathering in Toronto yesterday evening (Sept. 12).
“It’s fun, it’s this feeling of togetherness,” he said. “The après-ski, being together, not being on the telephone but speaking with one another always, looking one another in the optical eyes, it’s great. Rules togetherness. Switzerland is cozy in the wintertime time, there are several multi-general experiences that folks can experience. Grandparents, kids and parents. Everybody shall have an enjoyable experience, nobody shall be bored.”
Although winter is coming, Day in Canada prinz said the temperatures could be milder in Switzerland than on a blistering cold, on the slopes even.
As for other explanations why Switzerland is a good winter destination, he pointed to the amount of winter sports, its close affordability and proximity, Christmas markets, wellness and spa, winter romance, convenience, après-ski fun, the multi-generational experiences and also some attractive ski instructors maybe, he joked.
“We have been the original. Snowboarding started 150 years in Switzerland ago,” he said. “Switzerland is a lot more affordable than you might think. Ski lifts cost about 50 % of everything you pay in THE UNITED STATES. It is extremely beautiful and we’ve snow guaranteed, we’ve the best ski resorts typically in Europe. There’s likely to be great snow.”
year was an archive year for Canadians in Switzerland
Last, with the very best overnight results in 25 years. Year is proving to reach your goals aswell this, with a 3.9% in overnights and a 4.5% boost in arrivals noted in the initial half a year of the entire year. The main source markets from Canada are Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.
Winter wonders await in Switzerland
Several tourism partners were also readily available to update the trade on the most recent things you can do and what’s available in the destination.
Nathalie Rothlin, manager markets for Interlaken Tourism, said there are a number of adventure sports, skiing, kayaking and paragliding on the lake between high mountains that await visitors through the wintertime.
“What’since this season s not used to do inside our region, we’ve ‘backpack for fondue,’ which means you find everything you will need for having a fondue out in the type in a backpack, it could be carried by you, have one glass of wine, have the cheese, at your favourite spot – on a winter hike or while skiing even,” she said.
Meanwhile Samuel Bohren, sales manager for Schilthorn – Piz Gloria, said 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of when James Bond skied down the nearly 3,000 metre high summit of Schilthorn in the 1969 007 film ON HER BEHALF Majesty’s Secret Service.
“It is possible to ski all across the slopes and feel just like James Bond just, getting this beautiful view with some James Bond… that’s the best experience,” he said.
Some scenes from the film were shot at the Piz Gloria also, the restaurant situated on top of Schilthorn, which delivers an everyday James Bond Brunch.
As for the Matterhorn Region, director of sales and marketing THE UNITED STATES Virginie Baerswyl Koulibaly said the largest news may be the Glacier Express Excellence Class, that is launching next March.
“This Excellence Class is actually the premium experience with this slowest express train in the global world, it requires eight hours from St. Moritz to everybody and Zermatt has window seats,” she said. “Afternoon tea we’ve put it to another level with four-course meals and. It’s an excellent experience for several mountain gastronomy and lovers lovers.”
Another reason to go to Valais may be the area houses 45 of the 48 mountains in Switzerland which are over 4,000 metres.
“We have been the area with the mountains really, this means snow-secure ski resorts and there’s something for everybody also,” she said. “We’re the real home of the St. Bernard dog, it is possible to meet them and get a walk using them even.”
Pictured at top: Ursula Beamish-Mader, Nick Turnell, Pascal Prinz, Samuel Bohren, Nathalie Rothlin, and Virginie Baerswyl Koulibaly. Middle: Chef Prinz delivers cheese raclette.