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Vienna sets new record for overnight stays

29th July 2013 Print

Between January and June 2013, over 5.7 million overnight stays were registered in Vienna, a 3.1% increase compared to the same period in 2012. The United Kingdom ranked sixth place amongst Vienna’s top markets with 203,000 overnight stays, an 8% increase on last year’s figures.

Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board, commented on the latest record "In the first half of 2013, Vienna once again delivered proof of its attractiveness as a tourist destination, with a 3.1% increase to 5.7 million overnight stays."

Among Vienna's top 10 markets, Germany lead with 1,146,000 overnight stays, up 3% against last year’s period, closely followed by Austria with 1,116,000 overnight stays, up 2% on the same period last year.

Russia, Switzerland and Japan also saw increases in overnight stays with 363,000, up 14%; 183,000, up 2%, and 136,000, up 4%, respectively.

When compared to 2012 figures, a number of other countries registered healthy growth. 53,000 overnight stays by South Korean’s were recorded, a 29% increase; Brazilians account for 51,000 bed nights, a 13% increase and Arab countries in Asia accounted for 38,000 stays, a 15% increase.

International overnights represent an 80.3% share of Vienna's total count. The average occupancy of Vienna's beds was 50.3% at the half year, with available beds increasing by 5,530 from June 2012 to June 2013. Overall, the city currently has a lodging capacity of 58,500 beds.

Vienna continues to lead the world as a convention capital: In 2012 – when the city played host to 195 international meetings – the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) affirmed its status as number one convention city for the eighth time in a row.

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