Touring Club Schweiz/Switzerland/Svizzero – TCS
After two years of pandemic, the TCS was able to organize its delegates’ meeting again in June and can look back with satisfaction on a positive and eventful year. The delegates were particularly pleased about the approximately 44,000 additional members of the TCS by the end of 2021. The largest mobility club in Switzerland also celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2021 and prepared for its future with new projects.
The upward trend in the number of TCS members continued in 2021. As of October 31, the club had 44,688 additional members, an increase of more than 3%. With a pleasing operating result in 2021, TCS has also consolidated its excellent financial strength. Central President Peter Goetschi said about the successful 2021 financial year: “I am very pleased that we have managed to continue our growth, especially in this difficult year 2021, and that we are more present than ever at the side of our members. This shows us that we are responding to the needs of the population with our services “. After 2020, 2021 was the second year to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions. Despite this, the TCS managed to provide all its services and to help its members more than ever in emergency situations at home and abroad. He was also able to respond to all inquiries in the areas of mobility or legal protection. The TCS campsites, for their part, set a new visitor record with over one million overnight stays. In addition, there is no less than 10,000 pieces of information for those seeking advice via lexCall, a service provided by the legal protection department. The ETI Intervention Center assisted nearly 40,000 people who traveled abroad and got into trouble. “The TCS provided assistance around 395,000 times in the past year, which corresponds to one intervention every eighty seconds. In a year heavily influenced by the pandemic, we were always there for our members and for the population. We can be proud of that!” “, says Managing Director Jürg Wittwer. In addition, existing help desks have been strengthened and TCS has started new ones. The assistance developed in the areas of “bicycle” and “household” should be emphasized, for example. With the TCS Swiss Ambulance Rescue, the club entered the rescue service. In doing so, it is pursuing its goal of becoming the largest private player in the field of emergency aid and patient transport in Switzerland. Finally, an important step in internal organization was completed with the merger of all administrative units in German-speaking Switzerland in the new building in Ostermundigen.
2021, anniversary year – a party that fits
On the fringes of its usual activities – and despite all the restrictions related to Covid-19 – the TCS has not forgotten to celebrate its 125th anniversary with dignity with the entire population through 41 festive events. Despite the Covid-19, this festive atmosphere continued throughout the year with a tour of events stopping in 9 cities in Switzerland, a grand ceremony ending with a gala evening in Geneva, a multi-day party for employees on belts, in near Bern and with numerous campaigns for members throughout the year. One of the highlights will undoubtedly have been the presence of Federal President Guy Parmelin during the gala evening in Geneva.
Elections and farewell to Armin Candinas
In the elections and re-elections within the Board of Directors, which consists of 24 members, the five outgoing board members Christoph Buser (section of the two Basel), David Erard (section Neuchâtel), Heinz Jucker (section Appenzell Ausserrhoden), Michael Meier (section Uri) and François Memberz (Geneva Section) re-elected for a new term of three years. Livio Zanetti from Poschiavo (Graubünden section) was elected as a new board member. He replaces Armin Candinas who has retired.
Laurent Pignot, TCS spokesman, 058 827 27 16, 076 553 82 39, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pressetcs.ch, www.flickr.com
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