Boom in Swiss Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Bookings for bed and Breakfast accommodation in Switzerland has increased by 9.5 percent in 2011, compared to the figure for 2010, indicating that visitors to the country are finding the option a favourable form of accommodation, while available hotel rooms have actually seen a decrease in recent times.

Bed and Breakfast Switzerland, a Swiss association of bed and breakfast accommodation owners and a part of Switzerland Tourism, the official tourism promoter in Switzerland, has recently launched its new guide, Bed and Breakfast Switzerland 2012.

The new guide features accommodation in a range of formats, from private homes, mountain chalets, manor houses, and privately owned lodges, many of which are located in extraordinary places, and all claiming to offer an authentic Swiss travel experience. The guide is inclusive of all-important information about the room facilities, as well as maps, photos and descriptions in four languages.

The newest edition of the guidebook includes 1,024 user-evaluated destinations, with 189 new entries added in 2012. The texts are available in German, French, Italian and English, and the guide is priced at CHF28 in Switzerland and Germany.

Around 46.8 percent of the total visitors to Switzerland stayed in bed and breakfast accommodation in 2011, with the maximum number of visitors coming from Germany (20 percent) France (6.2 percent), and from the UK (3 percent). The average duration of stay at the accommodation is 2.4 days, while the highest number of rooms is available in the country’s canton of Valais region, which has around 836 beds on offer.

Local businesses support Olympic Torch through Bath

The Olympic torch will be visiting the City of Bath on May 22 and local businesses are helping to make it a memorable day.  Preparations are being made with local businesses, residents and the local authority to mark the honour of the Flame’s visit to Bath.  A street parade, music, dancing and various celebrity appearances are planned, a real day of partying for Bath.

Guest House owners, such as Les & Lynsay Redwood, who run Apple Tree Guest House in the centre of Bath are just one of the businesses that are getting involved. Les Redwood said: “This is a real honour for the whole of Bath, and we want to play our part in the community by supporting the Torch celebrations when they happen on 22nd May.”

Organisers of the Olympic Torch Relay boast that the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the UK population, passing through 1,019 communities on its 70 day journey around the United Kingdom.  8,000 people will carry the torch on its 8,000 mile journey that will culminate with the lighting of the Olympic Flame in London on July 27, 2012.