René Welti, Founder & Owner
René’s personally scouted, guided every tour on this website and draws from his entire professional career in the travel & tourism industry with executive positions in Trans World Airlines, Florida Division of Tourism, America Live Inc. and Swiss Trails.
Swiss born in the city of Basel, René’s Swiss heritage tracks back to the 16th century. René’s family immigrated to North America as a youngster & grew up in the San Francisco, Silicon Valley Bay Area, graduating from San José State University while co-founding Student Services West focusing on youth travel to Europe.
René’s Swiss tourism career highlights include working with Swiss based, Kuoni Travel and began a 12 year career with Trans World Airlines in Zurich.
During the 1990’s René represented a number of Swiss tourism entities in the USA like the Graubünden Tourist Office – that included the resorts of St. Moritz, Pontresina, Klosters, Davos, the Ticino Tourist office that included the resorts of Lugano, Locarno, Ascona, the Zurich and Central Swiss tourist offices, Rhaetian Railways, Swiss Travel System etc. Being appointed as the Swiss Olympic Team Attaché for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics still is a high point. View all of Renes’ and Echo Trails travel certifications here…
René handles the USA information & marketing from the Silicon Valley, Los Altos Hills, CA office. During the summer, June through September guiding months, he is based in Lucerne.