Austria

Austria

From 22 May we will be working to update all of the data and documents on this page following the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revision of the International Passenger Survey (IPS) data for 2009-2018 and the released detailed 2019 data. UK data will be updated first and followed by the regional data from 27 May. Please be patient as we update these pages or contact the VisitBritain research team if you have any questions- VB/VEResearch@visitbritain.org. Thank you.

Visitor characteristics

  • Business visitors are more than three times more likely to be male than female
  • 62% of holiday, 91% of visiting friends and relations (VFR) and virtually all business visitors are making a repeat visit to Britain (excluding British expats, within ten years)
  • 80% visitors are Austrian nationals
  • 93% of departing visitors (excluding British expats) say they are either ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely' to recommend a visit to Britain

Popular activities

Sightseeing of Famous Buildings/ Monuments

Visited a Pub

Went Shopping

Global context

Measure2019
International tourism expenditure (US$bn)12.0
Global rank for international tourism expenditure29
Number of outbound visits (m)14.8
Most visited destinationItaly

Key demographic and economic data

Measure2019
Population (m)8.9
GDP per capita PPP (US$)50,095
Annual average GDP growth over past decade (%)1.6
Annual average GDP growth over the past year (%)1.5

Inbound visits to Britain from Austria

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What Austrians think about Britain

  • Austrians strongly associate Britain with heritage and culture
  • Just over one-in-three associate Britain with scenic natural beauty, but twice this number associate the attribute with Australia and Ireland
  • Very few Austrians consider Britain as a 'relaxing' or 'romantic' destination
  • 94% of Austrians feel either 'Very welcome' or 'welcome' in Britain (2017)
  • Britain is perceived to be only marginally more expensive for a week long holiday than is France

Caring for visitors

  • Austrians like to plan in advance and detailed information on all activities planned is very important
  • Especially when on a touring holiday Austrians are usually looking for accommodation with character rather than standard anonymous hotel rooms
  • The environment and sustainability issues are very important to many Austrians and this may influence their choice of accommodation
  • Austrians tend to eat breakfast early and are not used to having the option of a cooked breakfast
  • Organic food is very popular and Austrians appreciate having this option when on holiday

 

The leisure & travel trade

  • Austria still has a fairly traditional trade structure and travel agencies (either owned by the major tourism groups or independent) play a fairly strong role
  • The large tour operators research their main season programmes between April and June. Some may visit Britain during this time to contract accommodation and visit new attractions/regions/ products to be included
  • The vast majority of trade is based in Vienna

Access to Britain from Austria

Measure2019
Weekly aircraft departures160
Weekly seat capacity27,383
Airports with direct routes in Austria5
Airports with direct routes in Britain14
  • Virtually all visits to Britain are by air
  • Seat capacity is highly seasonal due to outbound winter sports travel from Britain to Austria
  • 60% of seat capacity served the Vienna to London corridor, in 2019
  • Those who fly back to Austria from Britain pay £13 in Air Passenger Duty if flying economy