Senate approves funding for sustainable tourism

Parliament is pushing for more government funding to support sustainable tourism. Keystone/Alessandro Della Valle

Parliament called for more efforts to develop the Swiss tourism industry.

This content was published on Jun 14, 2022 – 12:56 PM

The Senate on Tuesday, following the House of Representatives, approved a demand for the government to launch an “effective program” to support the industry, which has failed since 2020 during the Covid pandemic.

In addition, the Senate also supported a proposal to fund projects aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and investment in digitalization.

Economy Minister Guy Parmelin said last September the government submitted its proposal for a 60 million Swiss franc ($60.41 million) campaign to restart the industry between 2022 and 2026.

However, Parmelin said the government does not support financial support for innovative tourism projects.

Last November, he put forward the government’s tourism strategy. He stressed that it is not necessary to foresee long-term funding for sustainability.

Parmelin said such a special campaign could result in budget cuts for restart projects, and innovative programs could be funded from other sources.

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