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Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau


Category: Convention & Visitors Bureau

608 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10020
Airline Service: American Airlines
                         Delta Air Lines
                         Swiss International Air Lines [www.swiss.com]
                         United Airlines

Sales Contact: Caroline Pidroni
Contact Title: Director of Sales & Marketing North America
Contact Location: Main Office
Send E-mail: caroline.pidroni@switzerland.com; scib.usa@switzerland.com

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Description: Switzerland Tourism is represented on the North American market with 19 employees in three offices: the main office in New York City and two smaller offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Features: Facts about Switzerland

Area: 15.940 square miles (fits 10 times into the State of California). The Alps cover 60% of the land. The Alps, situated in the south of the country, reach heights of over 13,000 Ft
Distance: 137 miles from north to south and 217 miles from east to west
Lowest point: Ascona (Ticino) 643 Ft
Highest point: Dufour Peak 15,203 Ft
Capital city: Bern
Population: 7,783,000 (2010)
National languages: German 63.7 %, French 20.4%, Italian 6.5%, Rumantsch 0.5%
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF), its exchange rate to the US Dollar is more favorable than the Euro (stand February 2012).
Cantons (states): 26
Religions: Roman Catholic (42%), Protestant (35%), others or none (23%)
Border Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Liechtenstein
Lakes: 1,484
Glaciers: 140

Unesco World Heritage

Old City of Bern: www.berninfo.com
Convent of St. Gallen - www.st.gallen-bodensee.ch
Benedictine Convent of John at Muestar - www.muestair.ch
The Castle of Bellinzona - www.bellinzonaturismo.ch
Junfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn - www.welterbe.ch
La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning - www.neuchateltourisme.ch
Monte San Giorgio - www.mendrisiottotourism.ch
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces - www.montreux-vevey.com
Monte San Giorgio - www.mendrisiottotourism.ch

Old City of Bern - www.berninfo.com

Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps - whc.unesco.org/en/list/1363
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona - www.unesco-sardona.ch
The Castle of Bellinzona - www.bellinzonaturismo.ch

Off-Site Venues/Highlights: 6 Reasons why choosing Switzerland:

1. Easy Access!
Daily direct flights from all major North American airports.
Planes, trains and steamboats: it's easy to travel to and within Switzerland (thanks to Swiss International Air Lines and Swiss Travel System).

2. Breathtaking scenery!
Mountains or cities, glaciers or palm trees, tradition or innovation.

3. Variety in abundance!
Big variety in a small country: four distinct cultures with four official languages, and all in a country three times smaller than New York state.

4. Food and Wine!
Traditional and innovative: Switzerland offers everything, from haute cuisine to local specialties in all four corners of the country, much of it organic - "slow food" lives here.

5. Switzerland has it all!
From relaxation to adrenaline. from shopping to culture, form summer to winter. Art and Shopping unlike anywhere else: many Swiss cities including Basel, Lausanne and Bern offer a wealth of museums. Geneva and Zurich are shopping and entertainment destinations on par with Europe's major capitals, but more convenient and with the legendary Swiss hospitality.

6. Better value!
Switzerland has its own currency, the Swiss Franc, which enables us to give you competitive pricing.

Green/Environmental Initiatives: Many measures are continuously set up in order to reduce the ecological footprint of Switzerland, click here for more information.

Did you know that:

Switzerland ranks top in the "Environmental Performance Index" released by Yale University
The world's largest solar catamaran, MobiCat, cruises on Lake Biel
The air-conditioning system of Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is cooled by a technique of pumping water from the lake 200 meters offshore.
Geothermal heat pumps are now being used to draw the warmth from Lake St. Moritz to heat the Badrutt's Palace and the Grevas schoolhouse.
The train network is 3,000 km long with 9,000 trains daily, a European record!
In 2011, The Mercer International study on quality of life in cities (criterias ranging from politics and the economy to the environment) put 3 Swiss cities among the top 10: Zürich 2, Geneva 8, Bern 9.
The national airline company SWISS operates a modern fleet of aircraft that will continue to be expanded until 2014, which allows a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
Many hotels have developed measures to improve their sustainability, among others: Hilton Hotels, Manotel, Sunstar Hotels, Swissôtel, Novotel.
Montreux Music & Convention Centre: Member of the organisations "Tourism for Development", "Green Globe" and "United Nations Global Compact”.
In 2007 Basel was awarded the "European Energy Award Gold" for its advanced commitment to sustainable energy policy. This is the highest certification that Energy Cities can obtain.

Switzerland is constantly reinventing itself and renovating, click here to discover all of our expansions, reopenings and new openings of hotels, convention and exhibition centers in Switzerland.

Impressions 355514 - Visitors 618 - Website Contacts 22 - Phone Contacts 25

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