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Summer season 2012: Holidaying in Austria continues to be very popular

30 December 2012

Over 19 million guests in the 2012 summer season did not only lead to a new record, but also to 65.6 million overnights.

Not even the challenging international backdrop could sour Austria’s summer tourism figures. According to Statistics Austria, there were 19.44 million arrivals between May and October 2012, a significant rise in guests spending their summer holidays in Austria (up 3.6% on the previous year). This is a record-breaking figure, primarily generated by foreign visitors (+4.3% to 12.55 million). Guests from Austria contributed to the pleasing results with 6.89 million arrivals and an increase of 2.3%.

The number of overnights for the 2012 summer season also rose by 2.6% to 65.68 million – the best summer figure since 1995. This increase is primarily due to increases in overnights from international guests (+3.4% to 45.18 million). Here visitors from Germany accounted for more than half (24.56 million).

Overnights of guests from other important countries also grew, including the Netherlands (+5.2%), Switzerland (+2.1%), the Czech Republic (+4.0%) and Hungary (+6.0%). Holidaymakers from Russia saw an especially impressive increase of 17.2%, with 522,000 overnights.