Friday, August 29, 2008

GAST looks back on 20 years of car-free hospitality

In 1998, car-free resorts in Switzerland which care about a high quality of service and the environment joined forces to form the Society of Car-free Swiss Resorts. The
Gemeinschaft Autofreier Schweizer Tourismusorte (GAST in short) is a network of nine car-free Swiss touristy communities (Bettmeralp, Braunwald, Riederalp, Rigi, Saas-Fee, Stoos, Wengen-Mürren and Zermatt) that promotes car-free recreation and holiday experiences in alpine resorts. The resorts commit themselves to nine decided quality criteria, which are checked regularly.
The Gemeinschaft Autofreier Schweizer Tourismusorte has made car-free vacations their credo. In their cities’ images, there was no more room for petrol engines. "This way, guests can indulge in better air quality, silence and high mobility", states Katharina Schnorr from Saas-Fee/Saastal Tourismus.
In the GAST general assembly celebrated in Wengen/Mürren, Ursula Mühlemann was elected the organisation’s new president. Starting today, a GAST congress (29th-30th August) will be held in Zermatt to celebrates its 20th anniversary and to address further concerns of the member cities.