It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of SWISS International Air Lines and have much love for everything Switzerland. This after living the dream and exploring the picturesque country on a trip with them last year, one that left me in awe of the natural beauty, unrivalled efficiency, delicious chocolate, cheese, panoramic trains and green fields filled with caramel coloured cows and the songs of their cowbells.
Which means that when I received the news that SWISS has launched A SWISS Welcome competition worldwide, I needed to share the details with you. As the airline of Switzerland, SWISS prides itself in bringing people and cultures together. They now want to take this a step further and are seeking keen travellers from various countries to come to Switzerland and explore the country with local hosts, ensuring a truly unique experience.
Swiss International Air Lines is looking in 17 countries for people who would like to get to know Switzerland from an individual and local perspective and invite you to enter their A SWISS Welcome competition.
All you need to do is create a one-minute video and submit it to the dedicated swiss.com/welcome platform between now and 30 November.
All the videos received will be judged by the online community to determine the 20 best submissions from each of the 17 countries. And a judging panel will then choose a winner from among these for each country by 14 December. The successful entrants will each win an attractive individual trip to Switzerland with personal contact with their Swiss hosts, and with a SWISS flight voucher, their hotel accommodation and a travel allowance all included.
Once the 17 winners of these visits to Switzerland have been chosen, the “A SWISS Welcome” programme will enter its second phase in early 2016 when SWISS invites members of the Swiss public to apply to serve as the visitors’ hosts. Here, too, the successful applicants will be selected by a combination of public voting and a judging panel.
The guests from abroad will arrive in Switzerland in March of next year, and will be introduced to their Swiss hosts at a welcome event in Zurich in appropriately “Swiss” surrounds. The visitors will then spend the following two to three days travelling around the country with their hosts and experiencing it from a truly personal perspective.
The “A SWISS Welcome” programme already has its own swiss.com/welcome website. And would-be visitors, hosts and voters can all visit the platform and communicate their interest. The best and funniest “A SWISS Welcome” encounters, and the experiences of the visitors and their hosts, will also be channelled into an appealing film that will be featured on the programme’s website from the end of next April onwards.
A SWISS Welcome will be offered in the following countries – Germany, France, The UK, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Italy, Russia, Norway, The USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, India and Israel.
Enter now and stand a chance to visit this incredible place! Fingers crossed you’ll be the winner. For inspiration, read about my visit to Switzerland here.