Press release: 12.616
"Tourism industry still has a long way to go
to emerge from the Corona crisis. For example, the number of holiday
trips in the first half of 2021 more than halved to
The decline in the first half of 2021 is mainly due
to the first quarter of 2021
Austria most popular travel destination; more than half of the trips abroad lead to Italy, Germany and Croatia
In the first half of 2021, people residing in Austria spent almost three quarters (74.0% or 3.26 million) of their holiday trips in Austria. Before the Covid-Pandemic, in the first half of 2019, only slightly more than half (55.7%) of the holiday trips were spent domestically. Nevertheless, compared to the first half of 2020, domestic holiday trips recorded a 16.0%-decrease to 3.26 million, and compared to the first half of 2019, domestic holiday trips decreased by 40.0%.
The number of holiday trips abroad decreased by 9.8% to 1.15 million in the first half of 2021 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, the decrease compared to the first half of 2019 was even 73.5%. The most popular destination abroad in the first half of 2021 was Italy (28.6% of trips abroad), followed by Germany (16.8%) and Croatia (11.1%). The number of long-distance trips (holiday trips outside Europe and Turkey) was only 2.0% in the first half of 2021 (first half 2020: 13.6%; first half 2019: 9.8%).
Almost half of all holiday trips to visit family and friends
The most important travel motive in the first half of 2021 was by far visiting family and friends, with 45.6% of all holiday trips taken for this reason (first half of 2020: 37.0%, first half of 2019: 27.7%). The share of free of charge accommodation was correspondingly high: More than half (51.8%) of all holiday trips were spent with friends, family or at a secondary residence (same period 2020: 45.1%), for domestic trips the figure was as high as 62.9%. Less than one third (29.5%) of holiday trips were spent in hotels or similar establishments.
The travel motives also differ depending on the destination: For domestic holiday trips, the second most important travel motive – after visiting family and friends – was an active sports holiday (share of 19.0% of domestic holiday trips), while 18.1% sought recreation on holiday. The reasons for a holiday trip abroad – apart from visiting family and friends (43.4% of holiday trips abroad) – were beach and bathing holidays (17.5%).
More than three quarters of holiday trips taken by private car
Private cars continued to be the most frequently used mode of travel in the first half of 2021, accounting as the main mean of transport for 83.0% of domestic holiday trips and 65.3% of holidays abroad (2020: 83.2% of domestic holiday trips, 43.7% of holiday trips abroad; 2019: 77.7% of domestic holiday trips, 43.7% of holiday trips abroad). Air travel abroad accounted for 21.4% (2020: 34.4%, 2019: 37.6%).
Further information on the travel behaviour of the Austrian resident population can be found on our Website. On 27 September 2021 the topic of UNWTO's World Tourism Day focuses on "Tourism for inclusive growth", which is dealing with the social and economic impact of the current pandemic on tourism.
Information on methods, definitions: Statistics Austria conducts quarterly surveys regarding the travel behaviour of individuals living in Austria aged 15 and older. Every quarter, 3 500 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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