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A record-breaking year for Austrian tourism


Austria is a more popular holiday destination than ever before. The number of arrivals hit a record high of 45 million in 2018

2018 saw the highest ever number of visitors to Austria according to preliminary figures from Statistics Austria . A total of 44.83 million arrivals exceeded the record set the previous year by 4.1%. More than two thirds of arrivals were by international guests (30.8 million/+4.6%), while guests from Austria were at a record high of 14.03 million (+3%).

The number of overnight stays (149.75 million, up an impressive 3.6% on 2017) was also a new record, with international guests accounting for 110.38 million of these overnight stays (up 4.2%) and Austrians 39.37million (up 2.2%).

Looking at the country of origin, the number of overnight stays made by guests from Germany rose by 5% to 56.26 million, with the Netherlands - the second most important visitor market – recording growth of 2.7%. The numbers arriving from the UK (+1.7%) and the Czech Republic (+8.2%) – the fourth and fifth most important visitor markets - were also on the increase, while those from Switzerland (-1.8%) and Italy (-1.1%) slightly decreased.

The long-standing trend towards more upmarket accommodation showed no sign of abating in 2018.