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22. July 2013

Tourism records and international awards for the Austrian capital

2012 was the most successful tourism year of all time for the Austrian capital, Vienna. And even if is not possible to put an exact figure on how much of this was attributable to Gustav Klimt, the150th anniversary of his birth certainly helped to achieve these results. 5.6 million tourists (+7.2%) stayed overnight in Vienna. In 2012 266,974 US-citizens (+11%) checked into Viennese hotels and stayed a total of 617,602 nights (+10%). Looking at the number of nights stayed, the U.S. is Vienna’s fifth most important tourism market (after Germany, Austria, Italy, and Russia).

The 2012 quality of living survey carried out by Mercer in 221 cities worldwide showed Vienna in 1st place ahead of Zurich for the fourth time in succession.

An analysis of 140 cities on the same theme by the Economic Intelligence Unit ranked Vienna in 2nd place in 2012, behind only Melbourne, Australia.

The Financial Times “fDI Magazine” focuses on foreign direct investment. For its list of “European Cities of the Future 2012/13” the magazine surveyed 253 cities and put Vienna in 3rd place behind London and Paris. In the category “economic potential” it was even ranked first.

The “Global Cities Index” drawn up every two years by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney meters the global status of cities. In 2012 Vienna shot up five slots into 12th place among 66 cities worldwide.

The UN study “State of the World’s Cities 2012/13” ranks Vienna first among 70 metropolises worldwide. The criteria evaluated were productivity, quality of life, infrastructure, sustainability, and social inclusion.

For the seventh time in a row, Vienna ranks first on the ICCA list for the number of international congresses held around the world (measured for the year 2011).

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