Press release: 12.697-288/21

Start of the 2021/22 winter tourism season with 3.3 million nights spent, but far below pre-crisis level

Vienna, 2021-12-23 – In November 2021, the first month of the tourist winter season, 3.29 million nights spent in Austrian accommodation establishments were reported, according to preliminary results from Statistics Austria.

"Due to officially imposed closures since 22 November 2021, tourism in Austria has started the winter season 2021/22 very cautiously: Compared to the previous year, in which a lockdown already applied from 3 November, Austrian accommodation establishments recorded three times as many nights spent in November 2021, but this is 38.0% less than in November 2019 before the Corona crisis," says Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.

The number of nights spent by resident guests was 1.47 million, 95.0% more than the same month last year, but 36.2% fewer than November 2019; that of non-resident guests reached 1.82 million nights spent (+461.7%) and 39.4% below the nights spent of November 2019. The number of arrivals increased compared to November 2020 to 1.02 million (+740.9% non-resident guests; +211.1% resident guests).

Regarding the origin of the non-resident guests, Germany was the most important market for Austrian tourism in November 2021 (0.87 million nights spent), followed by Poland with 0.12 million nights spent and Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) with 0.09 million nights spent.

A quarter fewer nights spent in the calendar year 2021 to date

The current calendar year 2021 (January to November) recorded 73.47 million nights spent, which corresponds to a decrease of around a quarter (-24.3%) compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Non-resident guests reached by 31.5% less nights (45.22 million nights spent), while the decline among resident guests was significantly lower at 9.1% (28.25 million nights spent).

For more detailed results and further information please refer to the German Version.