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Fewer overnight stays but more guests

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Fewer overnight stays but more guests
Vienna's winter skating rink. Photo: APA
14:59 CEST+02:00
Although the number of people booking holidays in Austria rose last winter, they stayed for a shorter period of time, according to a report from Statistik Austria.

The number of guests in the winter season (November to April) rose by 0.8 percent to 16.87 million, but the number of overnight stays fell by just over one million (1.7 percent) to 64.46 million - a decrease of 1.7 percent on the previous year.

Both Austrian and foreign tourists booked shorter holidays, compared to the same period last year - a trend that was noticeable across all categories of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Longer stays rose for privately rented apartments.

Vienna was the only Austrian destination to experience a real increase in overnight stays, of 6.35 percent. Burgenland and Styria saw slight increases and the other provinces reported fewer overnight stays.

The number of visitors from Germany booking accommodation fell by 4.3 percent, British guests fell by 1.8 percent, the Netherlands by 1.3 percent and Denmark by 1.2 percent.

However, 7.9 percent more visitors from the USA booked a holiday, 5.3 percent more from Poland, and 2.1 percent from Belgium.

In general the winter season is doing better than the summer season. Over the last 20 years the number of people booking summer holidays has decreased from 55.2 million to 46 million, whereas the number of people booking winter holidays has risen from 18.6 million to 20.45 million.

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