The number of Chinese tourists to Switzerland reaches historic high in 2018

CGTN | April 29, 2019

From handmade mechanical watches to mouth-watering cheese fondue, from world-class chocolate to the chilling breeze coming down from the ice tip of the mountain Alps, Switzerland has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists looking for a quality holiday.Bernardino Regazzoni, the Swiss ambassador to China, said the number of Chinese tourists visiting Switzerland has topped a historic high. Chinese visitors now account for 1.73 million nights in Switzerland, an increase of six percent from 2017.At the same time, more Chinese guests visiting Switzerland are choosing to travel by themselves without signing up for a tourist group. That trend is making custom tours more popular, Regazzoni added.

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The Whitsundays: An Australian island group nestled in the calm waters between the Great Barrier Reef and the Central Queensland Coast. When Captain James Cook first sailed through this island chain in 1770, he marvelled at the calmness of the waters. If you’ve been searching for a place to #calm your 21st-century nerves, the Whitsundays could be just the vacation destination for you.

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The Whitsundays: An Australian island group nestled in the calm waters between the Great Barrier Reef and the Central Queensland Coast. When Captain James Cook first sailed through this island chain in 1770, he marvelled at the calmness of the waters. If you’ve been searching for a place to #calm your 21st-century nerves, the Whitsundays could be just the vacation destination for you.

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Reltio | September 01, 2022

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Guesty | September 15, 2022

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