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Strong franc brings Swiss tourism down

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Feb. 27, 2019

Although more foreign tourists are visiting Switzerland – the numbers are still massively down on 10 years ago.

Pixabay Strong franc brings Swiss tourism down

The Swiss Tourist Board says last year there were 39 million overnight stays in hotels – up nearly 4% from the year before.

But compared to 2008, the figure is down 43%.

Tourism in Switzerland has been hit by the strong franc – which makes the country very expensive.

Visitors from Germany are the most common – followed by the United States. Americans made up more than 2 million of the overnight stays, up 10% from 2017. Also, Asian visitors are up 10%.

But the slumping pound is hitting UK citizens. The number of Brits staying overnight is down 2.3%. The pound is down more than 10% since the Brexit vote.

Tags: CHF, tourism, USA, brexit, franc

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