Ten lucky agents from Australia and New Zealand have recently been treated to the superstar life in Switzerland after completing and out-performing others in the 2016 Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Program.
A joint initiative between the Swiss Travel System, Rail Europe and Switzerland Tourism, the program equips agents with information and updates on the use and benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass.
On the 7D/6N famil to Switzerland hosted by the three partners and guided by Ingrid Kocijan, Commercial Director of Rail Plus, a Rail Europe company, the group was introduced to the many peaks, perks and quirks of Switzerland.
Highlights included visiting Zurich, Basel, Bern, Montreux, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, Mt Pilatus and Luzern; and getting between these destinations via some unforgettable scenic train rides including the GoldenPass Line, Jungfrau Railways and the Mt Pilatus Cableway.
The agents indulged their senses in all things Christmassy at the markets before visiting Santa Claus’ house in Rocher-de-Naye and the Charlie Chaplin Museum in Vevey; and fuelled up on local delicacies including the Swiss cheese fondue and mulled wine.
At Santa’s village in Rocher-de-Naye
Along with the company of Mark Wettstein, Director of Switzerland Tourism AU&NZ, the group also enjoyed the Onion Market in Bern, a traditional folk festival where more than 50 tons of onion woven into braids, fresh veggies, art and craft occupy the stalls. Another major highlight on the trip was meeting and dining with other Swiss Travel Pass SuperStars from around the world at the Gala dinner held at the stunning Chillon Castle on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Participating agents included Kalinda Franklin from Qantas Holidays, Angela Kaluzyn from Skilled Travel, Janine Mallon from The Travel Brokers, Jennifer Mikkelsen from Travel Counsellors, Brianna Rotteveel from Rail Plus, Selese Rowe from You Travel, Annwen Rowe and Evaldas Savickas from Flight Centre, Kathy Thomaidis from MTA Travel and Andrew Webber from Discovery Travel Centre.