Sauna boat and yoga with goats to revive autumn tourism in Switzerland

ZURICH (Switzerland) – Boat-sauna and yoga in the mountains with goats… To encourage travelers to come to Switzerland this fall, the organization promoting tourism in the Alpine country is launching a campaign around unusual activities centered on nature and well-being.

The advertising campaign has just been launched in Switzerland but also in neighboring countries, Germany, Austria and Italy as well as in France, said a spokesperson for Switzerland Tourism on Thursday.

It aims to support the tourist branch in the fall, a low season which represented only 17% of hotel nights in 2019, at the end of a summer season during which the sector experienced a clear upturn without however returning to its levels of pre-pandemic.

The campaign highlights the offer of spa and wellness in the middle of nature, including a sauna boat that sails on Lake Lucerne, near Lucerne, and a craft halfway between a boat and a bathtub that drifts on Lake Brienz, near Interlaken, which allows you to jump into icy water before getting back on board to find water at 38 degrees.

It also highlights forest baths, yoga and hikes with goats in the canton of Graub√ľnden or wine therapy on the terraces of Lavaux, whose vines are adorned with orange-red colors above Lake Geneva, with at least hot bath menu with a glass of Chasselas wine, massage and skin scrub with grape marc.

The autumn season in Switzerland is dominated by local customers, on the lookout for hiking ideas. With the travel restrictions during the pandemic, their weight has increased further, with Swiss customers having generated 4.1 million hotel nights in the fall of 2021, up 29% compared to 2019.

But Suisse Tourisme, the agency promoting tourism in Switzerland, intends to intensify its advertising campaign abroad to give a boost to the sector by capitalizing on the desire to travel in an attempt to increase the stays of foreign tourists. before the winter season when European tourists flock to the slopes.

While major tourist destinations such as France and Spain experienced a marked return of foreign tourists during the summer, Switzerland experienced an upturn during the summer but has not returned to its pre-pandemic levels.

In mid-August, Switzerland Tourism had made an initial assessment of the summer season, estimating that there was still a long way to go before returning to the figures for 2019.

According to provisional figures from the Federal Statistical Office, hotel nights generated by foreign tourists were still 15% lower in July compared to their level in 2019. In the first half of the year, they were still almost one year lower. third to their pre-pandemic level.

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