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– Due to the travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic,
the number of holiday trips undertaken by people living in Austria sunk
by 16.8% to 5.9 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the
previous year's figure (third quarter 2019: 7.0 million holiday trips).
Thus, the number of main holiday trips with at least
four overnight stays decreased by almost one third to 2.8 million (-31.2%)
compared to the previous summer, while short-term holiday trips (1–3
nights spent) increased by 4,6% to 3.1 million. The ratio between short
and main holiday trips was balanced out by this development (share of
short-term holiday trips in 2020: 51.7%; 2019: 41.4%). While in the
last decade mainly short-term domestic holiday trips used to increase,
in summer 2020, the main domestic holiday trips experienced an upward
trend (+48.6% to 1.7 million).
Older and younger travellers fell above average
Travellers declined by a fifth (-20.6%) to 3.4 million
(2019: 4.2 million). While the travel intensity was 57.6% in the same
period of last year, it was only 45.5% in the summer months of July,
August and September 2020 (-12.1 percentage points). Looking at age groups,
the travel intensity decreased the most in the age group 65+ (-15.8 percentage
points to 23.7%) and among those aged 15 to 24 years (-14.0 percentage
points to 55.6%).
Holiday trips abroad declined by more than
half (-56.4%), domestic holiday trips increased by almost a third (+31.6%)
Domestic holiday trips increased by almost a third
(+31.6%) to 4.2 million, while the number of holiday trips abroad decreased
by more than half to 1.7 million (-56.4%; 2019: 3.8 million). Italy, the
most popular foreign destination for holiday trips among the Austrian
population, registered a decrease of 38.7% to 0.5 million holiday trips.
The share of trips to Italy increased by 9,1 percentage points compared
to the third quarter 2019 (share in all trips abroad 2020: 31.3%, 2019:
22.2%). Holiday trips to Germany recorded a decrease of 5.3% compared
to the same period last year, while the share of holiday trips to Germany
rose by 14.7 percentage points (share 2020: 27.3%; 2019: 12.6%). Croatia,
which registered by almost three quarter less holiday trips (-72.9%),
lost 5.2 percentage points (share 2020: 8.7%; 2019: 13.9%) and fell back
to the third place.
"Active holidays" most important
travel motive, followed by "visiting friends or relatives"
The most important travel motive of the Austrian resident
population in summer 2020 was "active holidays" (2020: 28.6%,
2019: 17.4%), which for the first time displaced "recreation holidays"
(2020: 21.3%, 2019: 19.5%) in the ranking of the most popular summer
travel purposes from first to third place.
As in the summer of the previous year, "visiting
friends or relatives" (+6.6 percentage points to 25.5%, 2019: 18.9%)
came second. The share of "culture, sightseeing and city trips"
decreased by 8.3 percentage points to 6.8% (2019: 15.1%), as well as
the motive "beach and swimming holidays", which sunk by 7.6 percentage
points to 11.0% (2019: 18.6%).
There were also significant changes in the choice
of transport: More than three quarter of all holiday trips were made
by car (2020: 79.4%; 2019: 63.9%), while the share of trips by air fell
to 4.4% (2019: 19.7%).
Holiday trips were mainly organised without the support
of travel agencies and tour operators in summer 2020 (83.0% of holiday
trips in total; 77.6% of trips abroad).
For more information concerning travel habits of the
Austrian population please refer to our website.
on methods, definitions: Statistics Austria conducts quarterly
surveys regarding the travel habits of individuals living in Austria
aged 15 and older. Every quarter, 3 000 representatively chosen respondents
are interviewed by telephone, since 2020 also online. 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 population is available since 1969. The data concerning
summer holidays refers to the months July, August and September.
trips (1-3 nights)||2 914.4||3 049.1|
trips (4 and more nights)||4 129.4||2 842.9|
|Total||7 043.8||5 892.0|
trips ( 1-3 nights)||41.4||51.7|
trips (4 and more nights)||58.6||48.3|
agency. tour operator||27.2||17.0|
trips||3 204.0||4 217.0|
abroad||3 839.8||1 675.0|
|Total||7 043.8||5 892.0|
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