Press release: 12.248-088/20

Almost a fifth fewer overnight stays in the 2019/20 winter season

Vienna, 2020-05-28 – According to preliminary data by Statistics Austria, the number of overnight stays in April 2020 dropped by 96.5% or 7.92 million compared to April 2019 to 287 000. Due to the shutdown of accommodation establishments and border closings since mid of March 2020 almost no overnight stays were registered in the last one and a half months of the 2019/20 winter season.

The number of overnight stays for the entire winter season 2019/2020 (November to April) fell by 18.1% to 59.72 million and corresponds to the overnight stay volume of the 2006/07 winter season with 59.38 million overnight stays.

One fourth less nights spent in current calendar year 2020

The number of nights spent in the current calendar year 2020 (January to April) decreased by 24.9% to 42.30 million, the number of arrivals by 31.9% to 9.97 million.

For further information please refer to the German version.

Information 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 methodology see "Standarddokumentation".  
The winter season considers the period November until April, the summer season the period May until October.

For further inquiries please contact Directorate Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria:  
Peter LAIMER, Tel.: +43 (1) 71128-7849 resp. peter.laimer@statistik.gv.at;  
Christa SCHISCHEG Tel.: +43 (1) 71128-7289 resp. christa.schischeg@statistik.gv.at

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