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Switzerland expects surge in tourists post LS polls

PTI  Kolkata, February 03, 2014
First Published: 22:34 IST(3/2/2014) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(3/2/2014)

The number of Indian tourists to Switzerland has gone down in the past two years, but once general elections get over that is sure to change, or so hopes Swiss authorities.

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"From our experience, we have noticed that election years usually have a boom in travel after the elections get over. We are expecting a huge surge in numbers from the third week of May," Switzerland Tourism director Stephan Heuberger told reporters in Kolkata.

After the 2009 polls there had been a double digit spurt in tourism, he said.

"We don't have any explanation for why it happened that way," the tourism director added.

Between 2012 and 2014, the number of tourists from India to Switzerland remained flat at 5,00,000 annual visitors.


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