VILLARS-SUR-GLANE, Switzerland, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
After the remarkable increase already observed in 2010, it reached 9.5% in 2011. Within the tourism sector, which presently experiences some difficulties, private accommodations seem to meet exactly the customers' requirements.
Private accommodations in Switzerland experienced a spectacular success in 2011. In fact, the number of registered overnight stays among the accommodations investigated by the organisation Bed and Breakfast Switzerland increased by 9.5% [ 1 ] compared to the year 2010, when growth reached 9.3%. These results exceed by far all expectations in a tourism sector presently confronted with some difficulties caused by the strong Swiss franc.
This excellent performance is mainly due to the increasing number of Swiss visitors as well as guests from Germany and France. More and more travellers prefer to spend leisure time and relax in a welcoming family environment, not too far from home, than travelling to long range destinations. The Bed & Breakfast (BnB) accommodation system seems to be particularly suitable and appreciated.In total, 404,598 overnight stays have been reported among the 912 investigated accommodations. Visitors from Switzerland stay by far the most represented, with 46.8% of the total. Following are citizens from Germany (20%) and France (6.2%), from the United Kingdom (3%), the Netherlands and the United States (2.7% each), Italy (2.6%), Belgium (1.8%), Austria (1.4%) and Spain (1.1%). The investigated accommodations report a strong increase of Swiss (+11.6%) and Finnish guests (+118.2%), although the latter represent only 0.5% of the overnight stays in 2011. On the other hand, the number of visitors coming from Australia, New Zealand and Oceania (0.6% of the total) shows a strong decline (-24.2%). Visitors from Europe ( Switzerland excepted), represent 44.4% of the overnight stays, while 4.2% come from the Americas, 3.5% from Asia, 0.6% from Oceania and 0.4% from Africa. Very short stays for the Swiss