The hotel sector registered 22.0 million overnight stays in Switzerland during the summer tourist season (from May to October 2018). This represents an increase of 3.1% compared with the same period a year earlier.
The number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 1.2% between the 3rd quarter 2017 and the 3rd quarter 2018. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) declined by 0.6 percentage points to 4.4%.
The health insurance premium index has registered an increase of 4.1% for premiums in 2018 compared with the previous year. Rising premiums curbed the growth of the average disposable income by 0.3 percentage points in 2018.