Press release: 12.682
Summer holiday trips 2021: significantly more holiday trips abroad than in summer 2020; more trips than in pre-pandemic summer 2019
"There was a lot of pent-up demand for summer holidays this year. In the months of July to September, the number of holiday trips rose by 17.7% compared to the pre-Corona summer of 2019 to a new record value. Border openings and the progress in vaccinations more than doubled the number of trips abroad compared to the summer of 2020 and also caused the number of domestic trips to rise further," says Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.
In total 4.8 million main holiday trips (with four
or more overnight stays) and 3.5 million short-term trips (from one to
three overnights) were undertaken. Compared to the preceding year, the
number of main holiday trips
Holiday trips abroad more than doubled, domestic holiday trips remain popular
Half of all holiday trips were to countries abroad (4.1 million holiday trips), which marks an increase of 147.5% compared to summer 2020 (1.7 million foreign vacation trips). Italy (27.3%), Germany (15.8%), Croatia (14.2%), Greece (13.1%) and France (4.7%) were the most popular foreign destinations, with three out of four holiday trips abroad (75.1%) going to one of these destinations (2019: 61.3%; 2020: 72.3%).
Destinations outside of Europe and Turkey were hardly visited in summer 2021, similar to summer 2020; the share of long-distance trips of all holiday trips abroad was around 0.7% in 2021, compared to 6.4% in the summer of 2019 before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
Air travel could increase, "Visiting friends and family" in summer 2021 most important travel motive
Air travel increased again compared to the previous
year's period, with a share of 15.1% in summer 2021 (2020: 4.8%; 2019:
19,7%). On the other hand, holiday travel by car
For the first time, the most important travel motive of the Austrian resident population in summer 2021 was visiting friends and family (22.2%), closely followed by active holidays (21.5%) and in third place by beach and bathing holiday (19.8%).
On every second holiday trip, people stayed in hotels and similar accommodations (52.7%) and on every fourth holiday trip was spent free of charge in private accommodation with friends or relatives or in one's own second home (24.9%).
The organization of holiday trips in summer 2021 was predominantly done privately and thus without the support of a travel agency or tour operator (79.3% of total holiday trips).
Further information on the travel habits of people living in Austria 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, 3 500 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. The data concerning summer refers to the months July, August and September.
Summer holiday trips 1) (July, August and September) 2019 till 2021
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