Last updated on May 8, 2020
Talking at a media conference on Monday, Erik Jakob implied that Swiss residents shouldn’t plan vacations because of uncertainty surrounding global traveling in the coronavirus pandemic.
“On a personal recommendation, I’d postpone trips overseas until next year”, Jakob stated.
The Secretary of State added that if aviation did restart, it would stay uncertain for a significant period.
Also, he cautioned that there’ll be no guarantees that taxpayers can drive across boundaries this summer, however, didn’t rule it out entirely.
The remarks triggered an outcry over the nation’s tourism sector, along with also the Swiss Travel Association (SRV) reported the announcement resulted in a”storm of indignation amongst associates”.
The SRV affirmed to Euronews which they’ve obtained an apology from Erik Jakob, Assessing the remarks.
“My bills… we’re in no way intended as a formal recommendation to postpone most of vacation trips overseas from 2020 to 2021,” Jakob composed to the SRV, as mentioned by TravelInside.
“What I said… concerning the coronavirus caused you consternation and too little understanding. I can know that.”
The Secretary of State for Economic Affairs explained his answer to a query was a”personal recommendation” and has been associated with the 2020 summer vacation period.”
“Through the press conference, I emphasized a few times that it had been extremely hard to make authoritative statements about the resumption of global tourism.”
Jakob said in his correspondence that this was because of a range of variables, including the introduction of boundaries and sanitary measures, also known to an investigation from the UN World Tourism Organisation.
“But I want to apologize to the fuss my bills have caused on your circles”
SRV has verified to Euronews this particular letter of apology has been sent to their associates.
The Swiss Travel Association has sent a letter to the Federal council calling for”necessary steps” to encourage the nation’s travel industry and clients.
Swiss governments have signaled that they are seeking to improve domestic tourism in 2020 through a coordinated program together with the travel industry sector.
During Monday’s press conference, Jakob emphasized that Swiss operators were more likely to undergo a fall in demand of around 80 percent this year.
Jakob also stated he anticipated the consequences on the sector to become long-lasting, with matters unlikely to come back to normal until 2022.
Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga said the authorities would examine choices, coordinated together with the tourist business, by mid-May.
Meanwhile, the Federal Council has introduced a response to constraints, permitting hospitals to restart all of the health care processes on Monday.
Self-service centers, flower stores, hairdressers, and dental operations also have re-opened under specific conditions.
Switzerland has verified that 29,264 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, with over 1,380 deaths, as of 28 April.