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Winter holidays in Austria remain extremely popular

Snowboarder in flight © Götz

© Götz

6. March 2009

The first half of the winter season 2008/2009 mimicked the exceptional results of the previous year despite the financial crisis. Reasons for this success included good snow and the attractive range on offer.

After the previous year’s record winter, the first half of this year’s winter season is also a great success. Between November 2008 and January 2009, arrivals rose by 6.8% to 7.3 million and overnights rose by 4.9% to around 28 million. Revenues rose by 6.6% (real growth), while the average length of stay held steady at 3.9 nights.

One particularly positive trend is that both domestic and foreign overnights have increased over the winter season. Of the total approx. 28 million overnights, foreign visitors accounted for 21.5 million (+5.1%) and 6.5 million (+4.2%) from Austrian guests. Germany tops the list of rises in overnights, followed by Austria, Poland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.