With unruly throngs of Chinese tourists descending upon a serene mountain resort in Switzerland and disturbing other visitors searching for some peace and quiet, a Swiss train firm has offered the logical solution of launching special train services dedicated to transporting noisy Asian tourists.
Swiss newspaper Blick reports that some tourists visiting Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps have become incensed by the large number of Chinese tourists that crowd the corridors of trains while taking pictures which leads to rudeness and even stepping in spit (Gasp!).
Of course, Peter Pfenniger, chief of Rigi Bahnen, is quick to admit that the huge influx in visitors from Asia have helped to prop up the struggling railway company with nearly half of all foreign visitors coming from China. Still, Pfenniger admits that “their strong presence is a challenge.”
A challenge that the company has decided to meet by offering some 20 special trains a week starting in September. Inside these special trains, the toilets will reportedly be cleaned more often and signs will be posted “showing how to use them correctly.”
The Global Times notes that, Pfenniger said that this new discriminatory measure has nothing to do with discrimination against Asian people, particularly Chinese people. Asian tourists are still perfectly welcome to the mountain and can board the regular trains if they would like.
But why turn down that kind of VIP service?
[Images via People’s Daily]