The Swiss tourism sector is bracing itself for a hard-hitting drop in rich Arab visitors, following the decision by voters in Italian-speaking Switzerland to ban face-covering headgear in public places.

"Tourists from the Gulf states will think twice about whether they should go to Switzerland," Barbara Gisi, head of the Swiss Tourism Association, told the SonntagsBlick.

On September 22, two-thirds of voters in canton Ticino approved a ban on face-covering headgear in public places – the first canton to do so.

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