The number of Austrians carrying out trips domestically has substantially increased, reaching a total of 9.5 million vacation trips with more than one overnight stay, the Austrian Ministry for Tourism has revealed.
According to the authority, a total of 16.1 million trips spent by Austrian residents were recorded in 2021, with the number showing an increase of 27.5 per cent compared to the previous year when Austrians carried out a total of 12.6 million vacations, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
However, these numbers remain still below the pre-pandemic levels, when 21.2 million trips were recorded – 40.3 per cent more than in 2020 and up by 23.84 per cent compared to 2019.
Nonetheless, travelling during the pandemic affected domestic tourism as it surged from 11.1 million in 2019 – representing 52.5 per cent of all tourism, to 74.1 per cent of all trips realized in 2020, which peaked at 9.3 million in total. This trend also followed in 2021, with the number of vacations reaching 9.5 million, accounting for 59.3 per cent of all vacations.
As per holiday trips spent abroad, Austrians spent a total of 6.5 million trips in other countries, accounting for 40.7 per cent of the total. This number was up by 100.4 per cent from the figure in 2020, which stood at 3.2 million – representing only 25.9 per cent of all trips conducted.
However, pre-pandemic levels saw a total of ten million trips spent, making up 47.5 per cent of all trips carried out.
According to Statistics Austria, about 44 per cent of Austrians older than 15 said they were planning a holiday between July and September of 2021.
“The easing of travel restrictions thanks to vaccination progress and falling incidences have reawakened the desire to travel among the Austrian population: 44 per cent are planning a holiday trip between July and September 2021, 19 per cent are still undecided, while 37 per cent want to forgo their summer holiday this year. More than half of those willing to travel want to spend their summer holiday in Austria,” the Statistics Austria Director-General, Tobias Thomas, said.
Moreover, more than half of these respondents claimed they wanted to stay in Austria, indicating that travellers were not certain to travel, also considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As per favourite destination, the Croatian National Tourist Board has revealed that Croatia stands on the top most requested foreign destinations by Austrians, as the survey of 12,000 respondents has revealed. The same source pointed out that 95 per cent of Austrians wanted to spend their holiday within the EU Member States.
On the other hand, Austria has lifted the majority of its travel restrictions, opening the door for tourists wanting to visit the European country.