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Travel and tourism in Austria - statistics & facts

Austria is one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe. The country’s influential history, rich culture, and fascinating landscape attracted over 30 million international tourists prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, making it the seventh most popular European country based on inbound tourist arrivals. In 2020, the health crisis hit the tourism industry hard, as governments worldwide implemented emergency measures and travel bans to limit the spread of the virus. As a result, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the gross domestic product (GDP) in Austria dropped by nearly 45 percent in 2020 over the previous year. Overall, these industries generated, directly and indirectly, around 485 thousand jobs in 2020, though the total contribution of travel and tourism to employment in Austria experienced an eight percent drop year-over-year.

COVID-19 impact on inbound and domestic tourism in Austria

While the number of international and domestic arrivals in Austria has increased gradually since 2010, the pandemic disrupted this scenario. As inbound arrivals roughly halved between 2019 and 2020, the value of international tourism receipts in Austria shrunk, amounting to 14 billion euros in 2020, the lowest figure recorded in over a decade. That year, Germany represented the leading inbound travel market in Austria, with visitors from the European country spending nearly 22 million overnight stays in Austrian accommodations during the 2020 summer.

As the pandemic impacted inbound travel more than domestic tourism, the number of domestic overnight stays in Austria reached above 22 million between May and October 2020, falling by just five percent over the previous season. That being said, the total domestic tourist expenditure declined by over 45 percent annually, adding up to 9.7 billion euros in 2020.

Travel accommodation in Austria

The number of travel accommodation establishments in Austria has risen steadily over the last ten years, peaking at 22.4 thousand in 2020. Holiday and other short-stay rentals were the types of travel accommodation driving the overall rise in facilities, while the number of hotels reported a decreasing trend. Despite the decline in number, hotels still accounted for the highest number of tourist establishments in 2020. According to Statista’s Mobility Market Outlook, total revenue in the hotel market fell by 74 percent that year when compared to 2019. However, this sector is expected to recover over the following years, with revenue values predicted to reach pre-pandemic levels by 2024.


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