Bern, Switzerland (romandie/ats, Fre) – The upper house of the Swiss parliament Tuesday voted a package of SFr9 million in additional money for Swiss Tourism, from 2008-2011. The money would go to marketing in countries where inflation is hurting the group’s budget. The lower house still needs to vote and it is traditionally less generous.
Archives for September 2007
Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland (TSR, Fre) – The grape harvest will begin in cantons Geneva, Vaud and Valais, the country’s three largest, Monday 17 September. Neuchatel begins Thursday of this week. Weather for the past two weeks has been kind to the growers and the harvest should be very good, say cantonal authorities. See also: […]
Lake Geneva region, Switzerland (Tribune de Geneve/ats, Fre) – If you feel like summer is ending you are not alone: Max, a stork born in Avenches, Vaud in 1999, has just headed south from his summer home in Lake Constance. He is the longest-living satellite-tracked bird in the world and his previous nine migratory trips […]
Bern, Switzerland (RSR, Fre) – The Swiss alcohol commission, which regulates the wine and spirits industry in the country, looked into 98 possible cases of abuse of "happy hour" rules this summer and fined 26 establishments and opened proceedings against another 33. Under Swiss law it is illegal to offer hard liquor deals, such as […]
Photo: Had we been able to see our wine it would have looked a bit like this. Six journalists lined up inside the Town Hall of Sierre, Valais Sunday to do a truly blind wine tasting. We put our left arms on the shoulders of the people in front of us, someone closed a pair […]