by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 08, 2017
Switzerland welcomed 854,687 U.S. visitors last year -- an increase of 6.5 percent from 2015 numbers -- according to Switzerland Tourism. The increase marks the seventh consecutive year of growth from the U.S. market; since 2009, the number of U.S. visitors to the country has jumped by 30 percent. The number of overnight hotel stays by U.S. visitors also grew in 2016 to 1.84 million, a 5.5 percent increase from 2015. 
 
Zurich was the top destination for U.S. travelers in Switzerland, followed by the Lake Geneva region and the Lake Lucerne area. Out of all the Swiss cities and regions, the Valais area saw the biggest increase (up 10.2 percent) in U.S. visitors in 2016. 
 
"Switzerland is the best country in the world, according to a recent study by U.S. News & World Report. This will hopefully motivate even more Americans to find their way -- or their way back -- to Switzerland," said Alex Herrmann, director Americas, Switzerland Tourism.