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[WEBINAR] China Travel Update

October 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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China Travel Update


Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham,

While business and leisure travels are picking up in Europe again, intercontinental travel to mainland China is still heavily restricted due to visa regulations and constraints for airlines companies. SWISS and Lufthansa are two of the airlines that are running regular flights between Switzerland / Germany and mainland China and Hong Kong. While the current number of flights is still very low, the airlines are working hard to have more flights approved.

To discuss the current situation and the near future of intercontinental flights to cities in mainland China, we are delighted to invite Mr. Veli Polat as one of the speakers to this webinar. Mr. Polat is Senior Director Sales Greater China for the Lufthansa Group Airlines and he will give us an update covering the following:

  • Prevention and control measures
  • Required health and safety policies at airports
  • Entry / exit China rules and regulations
  • Lufthansa Group’s updated flight schedule
  • An update regarding re-booking policies

Additional speakers who contribute to this webinar are Mr. Peter Staeheli Quednau and Mr. Simon Bosshart.

Mr. Peter Staeheli Quednau, the Head of Visa Section at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai, will present the following area:

  • Basic conditions of entry to Switzerland
  • Entry restrictions to Switzerland due to COVID-19
  • Hardship cases for business travelers
  • Quarantine in Switzerland
  • Entry requirements to Switzerland for transit air travel

Mr. Simon Bosshart, who is the Director for the Chinese market at Switzerland Tourism, will cover the following points:

  • The impact of COVID on the Swiss tourism industry
  • Pre-conditions for a recovery of tourism
  • Recovery activities in the Chinese source markets
  • Global status and outlook 2020 and beyond

With best regards,
Your SwissCham Team



Veli Polat
Senior Director Sales – Greater China of Lufthansa Group Airlines

Mr. Veli Polat, was appointed Senior Director Sales Greater China Lufthansa Group Airlines as of 1st December 2016, he is responsible for Passenger Sales and Marketing of Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines in the Greater China region including Hong Kong and Taiwan to further strengthen its presence in China market. Furthermore, Mr. Polat takes care of Lufthansa Group’s sales interests in the Air China joint venture.

Mr. Polat – who formerly held the function of Regional Director South Asia and Middle East of Lufthansa Cargo, based in New Delhi. After graduation as an electrical engineer, Veli Polat has been with the airline industry for more than 20 years, he has gained a lot of working experience in Asia, Europe and the Americas and has a profound understanding of both eastern and western culture.


Peter Staeheli Quednau
Head of Visa Section at Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai

Peter Stäheli Quednau lived in Shanghai with his family for the last four years and has been Head of the Visa section at the Swiss Consulate General in Shanghai since July 2020.

Born and raised in Basel/Switzerland. He has worked in the Consular Service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for over 20 years and was previously stationed in Moscow, Tel-Aviv, Buenos Aires, Accra and Montréal.

Simon Bosshart
Director China of Switzerland Tourism

Director China for Switzerland Tourism, from 2006 -13 based in Beijing (China), again since 2014, with permanent base in Zurich. In charge of all China regional markets (incl. Hong Kong). Director Asia Pacific for Switzerland Tourism, based in Zurich (Headquarters) since 2011. In this position in charge of all Asia Pacific markets, i.e. China, Korea, Japan, Australia, South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia). Director Global Accounts for Switzerland Tourism, based in Zurich (Headquarters), since 2013. Building up worldwide cooperation with globally acting travel enterprises, with a focus on product development and business facilitation (f.e. visa, air capacity, etc.).

Swiss national. Born in 1971, and grown up near Basel, Switzerland. Graduated from Berne and Zurich University, licentiate in Anthropology, Chinese, and Economics (Tourism). Executive MBA in General Management at HWZ (Zurich) and Darden Business School (University of Virginia, VA). Previously occupied various positions in the travel industry in Switzerland. Married, father of 2 daughters.



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16:00 Opening and introduction by the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce
16:10 Presentations
17:00 Panel discussion and Q&A session
17:30 The End

COST / 费用

Members  / 会员: FREE
Non-Members  / 非会员: RMB 100


RSVP: Please register and send your questions raised to our speakers during the Q&A session to the following email address until Tuesday October 20th.


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October 21, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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