Switzerland Comes to Edinburgh

Karen April 24th, 2012

On Wednesday 18th April, Ski Independence and Osprey Holidays had the pleasure of welcoming many of our Travel Agency partners to Edinburgh Castle for an evening of education, wine and nibbles, hosted by Switzerland Tourism.

The evening began with a traditional Scottish welcome as guests walked over the drawbridge and up the steps to the castle, accompanied by the skirl of pipes, with the Edinburgh skyline shimmering in the rare evening sunshine – stunning!  Our Swiss friends, old and new, came to Edinburgh to promote their regions and transportation, and the theme for the evening was water – something Switzerland has in abundance with its lakes, waterfalls, fountains and glaciers.

Roddy from Reel Time Events welcomes guests to Edinburgh Castle

It was fantastic to see so many travel agents – we talk on the phone so often, but rarely meet face to face, so it’s great to put a few faces to names.  Every stand was buzzing with conversation as the agents sought to solve the puzzle and find ‘Bella the Cow’ to be in with a chance of winning a Fam trip to Switzerland.  Bella travels all over Switzerland, and has been seen in many resorts including Villars, Saas Fee and Zermatt.

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Beautiful Swiss mountains and lakes


After an excellent buffet and a chance to mingle, there followed a fantastic promotional video and anyone who had doubts about the merits of Switzerland as a year-round destination at the start of the evening was certainly convinced by the end.

Congratulations go to Anna McKay from Beaver Travel and Marissa Ippolito from Travel Counsellors who won the star prizes – they will be heading off to Switzerland soon to experience it in person!

A great night was had by all and we’re looking forward to plenty of calls from agents looking to book holidays to Switzerland! Thanks go to Heidi Reisz of Switzerland Tourism and all of the Swiss suppliers for making it such a success.

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    3 Responses to “Switzerland Comes to Edinburgh”

    1. Fritz Wilson says:

      Many thanks for a great evening in Edinburgh
      The setting was simply sensational and our Swiss hosts were charming and informative.
      Much enjoyed
      Many thank
      Fritz and jackie Wilson
      Alpine World Holidays

    2. Marisa says:

      Thank you for a wonderful evening in a stunning setting. I have been to Edinburgh Castle many a time but have never been personally piped in as I was! What a thrill. The evening was very informative and the video really showed Switzerland in all it’s beauty. I was so fortunate to win one of the top prizes and can’t wait to see the stunning places from the video. (My own little Bella is looking forward to it too, she will be coming with me, of course!).
      Thank you.
      Marisa Ippolito
      Travel Counsellors

    3. Jim French says:

      Many thanks, It really was worth my 100 mile round trip to meet Heidi , Bella and all the team from Switzerland. Very informative and professional presentions from people who live and breath Switzerland with a passion.

      I have been in the industry a long time and with out exception learned something new from every single presentaion. My experience of Switzerland is from a pair of Ski’s. I now realise, no matter how amazingly exciting that is, Switerland still offers a great many more ~ To both my clients and myself.

      Full marks to the Osprey / Ski Independence team ~ Kilts and all for the opportunity Thanks ~ Jim French Travel Counsellor

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