In 2011, Switzerland counted 130,000 positions (full-time equivalents, FTE) in the tourism sector. Making up approximately a quarter, the most important employers – at least in terms of job numbers – are those providing accommodation and catering in restaurants and hotels. Transport came in third with approximately 15% (almost 25,000 FTE). Within this branch, the cable car operators provided the third-most jobs (23%, 5,619 FTE), closely behind air traffic and railways.
There are two main categories of cable car systems: funiculars and aerial ropeways. The aerial ropeways are subdivided into jig-back and continuous systems. Jig-back cable cars move with a towing rope on track cables and have a greater capacity than continuous cable cars. The second-most cable-cars are in the canton of Grisons. Together with another canton, Grisons makes more than half the revenue generated from public transport.
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