As an English citizen and travel industry professional of over 20 years, James' lifetime ambition of living and working in Switzerland became reality 5 years ago. Being based here has allowed him to further develop his extensive knowledge of Destination Switzerland and enhance the range of products and skills in our portfolio. James spends all of his spare time up in the mountains, hiking the endless trails of the Berner Oberland once the snow has all melted, and then skiing the once winter returns. He also immerses himself in some of the local traditions in Wengen and is often found helping the local farmers on the high-alpine pastures. He is also a very proud member of the Trycher Club.
James has over 20 years’ experience in Tour Operating and has operated in Switzerland for 11 of those. His studies in France led to a strong background in European rail, followed by a successful career in the UK with a major rail holiday operator with full responsibility for the procurement of all rail services. In turn, this led to a career at STC Switzerland Travel Centre looking after B2B business in the UK, both on the sales side but also product development on behalf of all B2B clients. A move to Switzerland in October 2016 then led to him contracting all hotels, products and services within the Berner Oberland. He began this new venture in early 2021.
Christy is a global oriented, open-minded people’s person who grew up in Switzerland, lived in London and moved to Los Angeles through a funny coincidence. A part of her heart has always been in Latin America where she spent four months travelling. When she travels she wants to understand the people and their cultures and she believes that she can learn something from every person that she meets. No matter if in Switzerland, North America or Mexico she wants to get to know the “hidden gems” and be able to travel like a local. In her free time Christy enjoys discovering new places, hiking in the Swiss mountains, spending time at the beach or just relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine while watching a beautiful sunset.
Christy has more than 16 years of international working experience in many different aspects of the travel industry (sales, product development, key account management, event management etc.) For the last six years in North America, she was working in B2B Sales and Business Development for Swiss DMC and the German National Tourist office as their Sales Manager in North America and Mexico. During this time she attended many roadshows such as USTOA, Virtuoso or Signature and built a strong network which include many key players in the North American and Mexican Tourism industry. As a team player, relationship building is one of her strengths and she places great value on understanding how every client operates and works. She approaches challenges with her Californian entrepreneurial mindset and her Swiss precision.