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Austrian Tourism Revenues in the first half of the summer up by 7.7%

View of a mountain brook © photocase.com/Jonnyjay25

© photocase.com/Jonnyjay25

2. September 2008

After a successful winter season, Austrian tourism is once again on the road to success with positive summer figures.

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research , commissioned by the The Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour , has reported tourism revenues for the first half of the summer period (May to July 2008): Revenues of EUR 5.24 bn represent a 7.7% rise on the same period last year. Just as in the winter season, Austrian tourism continues on its growth path. Experts expect that tourism averages for this year will show tourism growing almost twice as fast as the Austrian economy overall.

The number of overnights rose by 3.8% from May to July, with a particular increase in stays by foreign guests. Even rainy July saw an rise in overnights of 2.8%. Austria is not just seen as a 'good weather' destination - the efforts that the Austrian tourist industry have put into alternative offers have also begun to bear fruit.

Germany is the most important market for Austrian tourism and this year saw a further rise of 4.4% in overnights. The key future markets are the Czech Republic (+20.4%), Hungary (+8.6%), Poland (+36.7%) and, above all, Russia (+122.9%).

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