Austrian capital Vienna recorded almost seven million visitor bednights between January and June this year, 4.2 per cent more than for the same period the previous year.
“City breaks to Vienna continue to boom,” said Norbert Kettner, director of the Vienna Tourist Board.
“The city established a new record in the first half of 2017, with visitor bednights increasing 4.2 per cent to around 6,924,000.”
Vienna’s highest-volume source markets in the first half of 2017 were Germany, with 1,420,000 bednights (up three per cent on the same period the previous year), followed by Austria (1,360,000, up one per cent), the USA (396,000, up eight per cent, the United Kingdom (305,000, up per cent), and Italy (294,000, down seven per cent).
These were followed in places six to ten by Switzerland (214,000, no change) Russia (211,000, up 34 per cent), France (204,000, up 18 per cent), China (175,000, up 45 per cent) and Spain (174,000, down two per cent).
Particularly high growth rates were also recorded for Australia (67,000 bednights, up 19 per cent), India (64,000, up 15 per cent) and Brazil (63,000, up 21 per cent).
Vienna currently has 64,000 hotel beds.
The average occupancy rate of Vienna’s rooms from January to June 2017 was 69 per cent, with over 80 per cent of all bednights attributable to international guests.
Next, Vienna’s objective is to increase overnight stays to 18 million by the year 2020.
The meetings industry also has an important role to play, accounting for 12 per cent of the total volume of bednights in 2016.
Some 4,000 congresses, corporate events and incentives were held in Vienna last year - again a new record.