Vienna Celebrates a Tourism Triumph

By Ivan PetrenkoFeb 5, 2024 02:06 AMNews
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Snow-covered streets of Vienna at night with the illuminated St. Stephen's Cathedral and surrounding buildings
Snow-covered streets of Vienna at night with the illuminated St. Stephen's Cathedral and surrounding buildings. Source: pixabay

Vienna's tourism sector has recorded a significant achievement in 2023, marking its second-best year in history with a remarkable 17.3 million overnight stays, a 31% increase from the previous year. The city's accommodation sector witnessed an even greater surge, surpassing the one-billion-euro revenue mark for the second time since 2019, indicating a robust post-pandemic recovery. According to Norbert Kettner, CEO of the Vienna Tourist Board, the city's tourism is now as international as it was before the pandemic, with foreign visitors contributing to over 80% of the overnight stays.

According to traveldailynews, the capital of Austria has not only rebounded from the pandemic's impacts but has also excelled, nearly matching the record set in 2019. With a mere 2% shortfall from the 2019 figures but a 4.7% increase over 2018, Vienna's Visitor Economy is on a successful trajectory. Kettner highlights the importance of revenue from accommodation establishments, which grew by a third more than the number of overnight stays, breaking the previous 2019 record by November 2023.

A notable increase in tourism was observed from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where overnight stay revenues soared by 47%, underscoring Vienna's appeal to a culturally aware and affluent audience. The city's targeted marketing and global positioning as a meeting destination have been pivotal in this achievement. The top markets contributing to Vienna's tourism include Germany, Austria, the USA, Italy, the UK, Spain, France, Poland, Switzerland, and Romania.

Vienna's cultural allure received a boost with its inclusion in The New York Times' "52 Places to Go" in January 2024, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the iconic film 'The Third Man'. This recognition has further solidified Vienna's status as a cultural hub on the global stage. Sustainability efforts are also at the forefront, with 18% of accommodation providers awarded the Austrian Ecolabel, demonstrating a commitment to environmentally conscious tourism.

The city's luxury hotel segment has seen growth, with the number of luxury hotels increasing from 22 in 2019 to 25 by the end of 2023. This growth is part of Vienna's broader strategy to enhance its accommodation capacity, which now boasts around 74,400 beds across 410 hotels, exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Looking ahead to 2024, the Vienna Tourist Board is spotlighting eleven diverse neighborhoods under the theme "Heartbeat Streets." This initiative aims to showcase Vienna's vibrant local communities and authentic experiences, moving beyond traditional tourist centers to engage visitors with the city's rich cultural tapestry and community spirit.

Vienna's tourism success story in 2023 sets a positive tone for the future, as the city continues to attract international visitors with its blend of cultural richness, sustainability, and luxury accommodation, ensuring a unique and memorable experience for all.

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