Austrian winter tourism largely depends on German and Austrian guests; Tyrol and Salzburg are most popular destinations
German guests dominate tourism in the western parts of Austria; in eastern federal states mainly Austrian guests
More than half of all nights spent in the winter season 2018/19 (59.5%) took place in the western Austrian Länder Tyrol (37.6%) and Salzburg (21.9%). While these federal states – along with Vorarlberg (57.4% of winter nights in Vorarlberg) – depend to a large extent on German guests (proportion of German guests in all nights spent, winter 2018/19: Tyrol 50.4%, Salzburg 37.4%), Austrian guests dominate in parts of the country like Burgenland (share of nights spent: 85.5%), Lower Austria (67.7%), Upper Austria (60.7%), but also Styria (56.1%) and Carinthia (37.4%). In the capital Vienna, on the other hand, 63.9% of all overnight stays were spent by guests from countries of origin other than Germany or Austria.
In the winter of 2018/19, more than half (51.5% or 13.8 million) of the overnight stays by guests from Germany, the most important country of origin, were spent in Tyrol, followed by Salzburg (6.0 million or 22.2%) and Vorarlberg (2.9 million; 10.7%). The third most important market of origin after Austria – the Netherlands – contributed 6.3 million overnight stays to the result of the winter season 2018/19. Well over 80% of all overnight stays by Dutch guests (85.4%) were spent in the federal states Tyrol (55.6%) and Salzburg (29.8%). Guests from Switzerland and Liechtenstein particularly liked to spend their holidays in Tyrol (55.8% of overnight stays by Swiss guests) and Vorarlberg (25.4%).
Salzburg and Styria are particularly popular with resident tourists
In winter 2018/19, 16.5 million overnight stays in Austria were made by resident guests. The most popular Austrian Länder were Salzburg and Styria, one fifth of the overnight stays by resident tourists took place in each of these destinations (20.5% and 19.9%), followed by Lower Austria (12.0%) and Upper Austria (11.6%), Tyrol (11.0%), Vienna (8.7%), Carinthia (8.3%), Burgenland (5.3%) and Vorarlberg (2.6%).
One fourth of all overnight stays were spent in February, one fourth of overnight stays by German guests in January
43.7% of all overnight stays in the winter season 2018/19 were recorded in the first half of the season (November to January), about one fourth in February (24.5%). February is the most important month for Austrian guests (22.8% of the overnight stays by domestic guests), followed by March and January with 17.4% and 17.0% of all overnight stays in winter. There is a similar distribution among guests from abroad, with 25.0% of overnight stays by foreign guests in February, followed by January (21.9%) and March (21.5%). For German guests, January is the most popular winter month with 23.9% of the nights spent by German guests (26.9 million), followed by March (22.7%) and February (21.9% of nights spent by German guests in winter).
Considering the Austrian Länder, February is most important especially for Salzburg, where 28.2% of all overnight stays in winter were spent, followed by Vorarlberg (27.4% of nights spent in winter in Vorarlberg), Tyrol (27.1%) and Carinthia (26.9%). The overnight stays in Burgenland, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Vienna are distributed more evenly over the winter months.
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on methods: Within the scope of the monthly overnight statistics,
the arrivals and nights spent are provided by rented tourist accommodation
establishments in communities with more than 1 000 nights spent per year.
Thus, of the 2 095 Austrian communities, 1 566 reporting communities transmit
data to Statistics Austria monthly. The survey units are commercial and
private tourist accommodation establishments, which transmit their data
to the relevant reporting community by means of "Statistisches
Meldeblatt" or "Betriebsbogen" (for further information
related to the methodology see "Standarddokumentation",
PDF, ca. 130 KB).
The touristic winter season is from November to April, the summer season from May to October.
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