Holiday trips of Austrians dropped by almost half in the first six months of 2020
Austria most popular travel destination; half of the trips lead to Italy, Croatia and Germany
In the first half of 2020, people residing in Austria spent more than three quarters of their holiday trips (76.0% or 4.25 million) in Austria, which was a decrease of 21.8% compared to the first half of 2019. For short holiday trips between one and three overnight stays, the domestic share was 81.4%.
The number of holiday trips abroad decreased by 69%
to 1.34 million in the first half of 2020 (short trips:
More than one third of holiday trips to visit family and friends
Due to Easter, the proportion of visits to relatives and friends during this travel period is traditionally very high and was also the most important travel motive in the first six months of 2020: 38.8% of all holiday trips abroad were made for this reason (first half of 2019: 21.9%), for domestic trips this share was 35.1% (first half of 2019: 32.3%). The proportion of free accommodation was correspondingly high: 44.1% of all holiday trips were spent with friends or family or at second homes (first half of 2019: 29.8%), for domestic holiday trips the share was even 45.6%. 40.8% of the holiday trips were spent in hotels or similar establishments.
Furthermore, travel motives differ depending on the destination: For domestic holiday trips, the second most important travel motive after visiting friends and family was sportive activity holidays (33.1%), 14.1% looked for recreation, 4.2% chose wellness and beauty. The main reasons for travelling abroad – apart from visits to family and friends – were cultural trips (20.9%) and sportive activity holidays (9.5%).
Private car most frequently used for travelling
In the first half of 2020, the private car was still
the most frequently used means of transport for travel: 83.3% of domestic
trips and 48.9% of holiday trips abroad were made by car. The proportion
of vacations for which people travelled by car is thus higher than in
the same period of the previous year (77.7% of domestic trips and 43.7%
of trips abroad). The share of air travel abroad decreased from 37.6%
to 33.7%, especially in favor of travelling by car (increase from 43.7%
to 48.9%). The number of flights abroad fell by almost three quarters
Further information on the travel behaviour of the austrian resident population can be found on our website.
Information on methods, definitions: Statistics Austria conducts quarterly surveys regarding the travel behaviour of individuals living in Austria aged 15 and older. Every quarter, 3 000 representatively chosen respondents are interviewed by telephone (CATI) and online (CAWI). The participation in the survey is voluntary. The selection framework for the proportionally stratified sample is the Central Register of Residence. The collected information concerns data on holiday and business trips with at least one night spent and same-day trips. Data regarding the travel habits of the Austrian resident population is available since 1969.
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