Press release: 12.506
Holiday trips declined by almost the half in 2020; declines related to holiday trips abroad significantly higher than for domestic trips
"The pandemic has significantly restricted the travel options of the Austrian resident population: In 2020 holiday trips declined by almost half compared to the previous year. Holiday trips abroad declined by more than two thirds, while domestic holiday trips only declined by a fifth", according to Statistics Austria General Director Tobias Thomas.
The number of holiday travelers (aged 15 and over)
declined by more than one fifth
The number of main holiday trips carried out with
at least four overnight stays fell by half
Holiday trips abroad declined by more than two thirds, domestic holiday trips only by one fifth
Due to international travel restrictions to contain
Most holiday trips abroad in 2020 went to Germany
In 2020, 0.8 million holiday trips went to Germany, which is the first time that most of the holidays trips abroad went to Germany. 0.7 million holiday trips led to Italy, 0.2 million to Croatia. The share of holiday trips to Germany in all trips abroad rose by 7.0 percentage points (share in 2020: 23.6%; 2019: 16.6%). The share of trips to Italy, on the other hand, increased only slightly by 0.7 percentage points (share of all holiday trips abroad 2020: 21.6%, 2019: 20.9%), while the share of trips to Croatia fell by 2.5 percentage points compared to the previous year (2020: 7.1%; 2019: 9.6%).
A quarter fewer holiday travelers in summer 2020; domestic holiday popular
The summer of 2020 was characterised by travel restrictions:
Overall, the number of holiday travelers in July, August and September 2020
decreased by almost one fourth (24.6%) to 3.2 million (2019: 4.2 million)
people. While the travel intensity was 57.6% in the corresponding quarter
of the previous year, it was only 43.2%
Every third holiday trip to visit friends and family
The most important travel motive of the Austrian resident
population in 2020 was visiting friends and relatives (2020: 33.5%,
2019: 25.5%); followed by "activity holiday"
Hotels and similar accommodation establishments were also chosen in 2020 most frequently as the type of accommodation for holiday trips (2020: 42.8%), but lost shares (2019: 54.2%) in favor of free accommodation with friends and relatives or at the second homes (2020: 39.8%, 2019: 28.5%).
There were also significant changes in the modal split: more than three quarters of all holiday trips were made by car (2020: 77.1%, 2019: 63.9%), the proportion of holiday trips by plane went down to 6.5% - and thus back to the level of the 1980s (2019: 19.7%).
3.0 million non-travelers in 2020, safety concerns first
This year again the reasons not to travel were surveyed, whereby more than one reason could be named of the 3.0 million non-travelers. For the first time, safety concerns (48.9% of responses; 2019: 6.6%) were mentioned most frequently. As in previous years nearly half (44.3%) of the responses were "no interest to travel" (2019: 45.5%). One fourth (25.3%) of the population cited "health reasons or reduced mobility" (2019: 29.4%), 17.6% "Work or study commitments"(2019: 24.4%), 15.2% "family commitments"(2019: 26.6%) and only 12.1% cited "financial reasons" (2019: 23.4%).
For more information concerning travel habits of the Austrian population please refer to our website.
on methods: Statistics Austria conducts quarterly surveys regarding
the travel habits of individuals living in Austria aged 15 and older.
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