British-Swiss Chamber says “no” to salary caps vote

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) has come out against the Minder Initiative to cap top management salaries, in an unusual move into the political arena, with a letter to members Wednesday 30 January. The 3 March vote calls for a federal constitutional amendment that would make shareholder approval mandatory for board […]

Prix de Lausanne kicks off elegantly

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Prix de Lausanne opened Sunday 27 January in Lausanne and runs until 2 February when the winners of this top international dance contest are selected. Meanwhile, before the show goes on stage for the public, the young dancers are hard at work. will be following their progress during the week. […]

Swiss newspapers say public broadcasting hurting them


Federal mailing subsidies for 2013 set GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Newspaper will receive subsidies by the federal government for 2013 to send their papers through the mail, to the tune of 22 centimes a copy, Bern announced Wednesday 23 January. Non-profit groups and foundations will be helped with 15 centimes per copy for their newsletters. Indirect […]

Competition boss looks into Swiss online booking companies

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Three companies are being investigated by the Swiss competition commission, Comco, for possibly limiting hotels’ options to vary their prices. Contracts by, Expedia and HRS are all under review by “Mr Competition”, as the Swiss call the federal office head. The office is looking, in particular, at their online reservation “lowest […]

Winemaker of the Year from Ticino, top wine Valais and organic from Geneva

Number one wine is from Valais and best organic wine from Geneva BERN, SWITZERLAND – Head for Valais for the best bottle of wine in the country, a Johannisberg from Chamoson, but go to Ticino if you want to sample the collection from the top winemaker in Switzerland. And Geneva is home to the best […]

Creative tourist marketing in a tough, tough market

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The tourist industry in Switzerland is arguably suffering more than any other business area from the too-long too-strong Swiss franc, so hat’s off to the Swiss Convention & Incentive Bureau for clearly selling the pleasure and beauty of Swiss travel to a key group, incentive business travel managers. If  you’re not already […]

The dog food deal that bit Nestlé in France

PARIS, FRANCE – Vevey-based Nestlé is one of three dog and cat food manufacturers being fined by France’s competition watchdog, with the Swiss multinational hit by a €19.1 billion fine out of a total of more than €35b in fines imposed. The decision was made public Tuesday 20 March and involves three companies’ brands: Nestlé Purina […]

Swiss Winemaker of the Year 2011 named

Top awards for Swiss wines go to mix of new and old producers BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Winemaker of the Year for 2011 is Diego Mathier from Salquenen/Salgesch (cellar: Nouveau Salquenen) in canton Valais who previously won the coveted award in 2007. He was named at a gala dinner Tuesday night 25 October in […]

Sports, equestrian: Fox-Pitt has historic 6th Burghley win

William Fox-Pitt riding Navigator (GBR), winner of HSBC Classics

Stamford, UK – British rider William Fox-Pitt “earned a standing ovation from the rain-soaked crowd as he clinched a record sixth title at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, second-last leg of the HSBC FEI Classics”, according to FEI, the Lausanne-based international equestrian sports federation. He has now overtaken Britain’s Ginny Elliot and Mark Todd […]

Mondial du Pinot Noir, a judge’s pleasures

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’m just about recovered from the three days of intensive work 19-21 August as a judge at the international wine competition in Sierre, the Mondial du Pinot Noir. We tasted and noted 1,314 wines from 21 countries around the world; we were 50 judges from 30 countries who worked for three mornings […]