At their annual general meeting on 15 February 2002, the shareholders of Zermatt’s cable car and lift companies voted in favour of a merger that would create the biggest cable car and lift company in Switzerland. The new company was formed from Matterhornbahnen AG, Zermatter Rothornbahn AG, Standseilbahn Zermatt-Sunnegga AG, with the sport area of the Gornergrat railway as a contribution in kind. The Riffelberg ski instructors' lift and the chairlift at Findeln were also included. This laid the foundations for a new era in the region's transport network. Zermatt Bergbahnen AG now employs a workforce of around 280 and manages 200 kilometres of pistes and 34 transport facilities in the Matterhorn Paradise. The company makes it possible for visitors to access the highest and most compelling tourist destinations in Europe and provides a range of attractive services and offers for athletes and visitors from all over the world.