Arrivals, overnight stays

Arrivals, nights spent: Nights spent in 2020 dropped below the 100 million mark; number of guests almost halved

In the calendar year 2020 97.87 million nights spent were registered, according to preliminary results from Statistics Austria. This corresponds to a 54.83 million or 35.9% decrease compared to the previous year. The number of arrivals fell by 45.8% to 25.03 million (non-resident guests: -52.7%; resident guests: -30.6%).

Corona-related closures, international travel restrictions and quarantine regulations are taking a heavy toll on tourism in Austria: after peaking at more than 150 million overnight stays in 2019, the number of overnight stays in the Corona year 2020 fell back to the level of the early 1970s, at just under 98 million. The average length of stay was about 3.9 nights.

Below are current monthly and seasonal results of arrivals and nights spent. Older results can be viewed in the archive.

The highest drop in nights spent in absolute figures was recorded among guests from Germany (-18.17 million), the most important market of origin for Austrian tourism, followed by the Netherlands (-2.94 million), Switzerland and Liechtenstein (-1.79 million), the Czech Republic (-1.18 million), Belgium (-1.16 million) and the United Kingdom (-2.20 million).

By types of accommodation, in hotels and similar accommodations the decrease was over 40%. In commercial holiday dwellings and private holiday dwellings the decrease was 22.6% or 23.6%.

The decrease by federal states varied. With -73.9%, Vienna was hit hardest, while Carinthia (-17.0%), Burgenland (-27.3%) and Styria (-24.6%) closed the calendar year 2020 with significantly lower declines. While nights spent by non-resident guests decreased in all federal states, there was an increase in resident guests in Carinthia (+5.4%).

In the summer season 2020 54 million nights spent were reported, a decrease of 31.8% compared to summer 2019. Due to the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of nights spent by non-resident guests fell by 43.2% to 31.63 million, and that of residents by 4.7% to 22.20 million. The number of arrivals (= number of guests) reflects the negative trend in nights spent in the summer season 2020 even more clearly and also decreased significantly by 42.6% compared to the previous season to 14.70 million. Non-resident arrivals in particular decreased by 7.55 million. (-56.1%) but also the resident ones with 7.14 million (-14.9%).

Around 70% of nights spent by non-resident guests were attributable to Germany, the most important market of origin (summer 2019: 53%), with nights spent by German guests in summer 2020 falling by around a quarter (25.6%) to 21.94 million. Many other important markets of origin developed negatively as a result of the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: Nights spent by guests from the Netherlands (-30.3%), Switzerland and Liechtenstein (-31.5%) or the Czech Republic (-36.4%) significantly declined.

Due to the closings of the gastronomy and hotel industry beginning mid of March 2020, the hotels and similar establishments recorded a drop in nights spent by 38.9% in summer season 2020 compared to the respective period in 2019. Broken down by type of accommodation, the following picture emerged: 5-4-star establishments: -38.3%; 3-star hotels: -39.3%; 2-/1-star businesses: -41.0% and commercial holiday apartments/houses: -12.3%. Private accommodations also recorded a drop in nights spent in the 2020 summer season (-15.5%). The average length of stay in the current season was 3.7 nights.

The number of nights spent in the winter season 2019/20 dropped by 18.1% to 59.68 million compared to the previous season 2018/19. Almost no nights spent were registered in the last one and a half months of the 2019/20 winter season due to the shutdown of accommodation establishments and border closings since the middle of March 2020.

The number of nights spent by guests from abroad reached 46.76 million, which is 17.1% less than in the winter season 2018/2019. Nights spent by residents fell by 21.8% (12.93 million). With 22.32 million (-17.0%) around 37.4% of all nights spent in the winter season 2019/2020 were from guests from Germany. Other important markets of origin such as the Netherlands (-8.8%), the United Kingdom (-23.3%), Switzerland and Liechtenstein (-21.1%) and the Czech Republic (-15.1%) also showed significant losses.

In hotels and similar establishments (share of nights spent: 61.4%) a decrease of 20.0% in nights spent (compared to the winter season 2018/2019) was recorded. In 5/4-star, 3-star and 2-/1-star establishments high declines in nights spent were reported (-19.3%, -20.8% and -21.0%). Commercial holiday dwellings (share: 11.8%) showed the lowest losses (-10.1%).

Preliminary results

Arrivals and overnight stays in February 2021 by federal states (extrapolated data)
Arrivals and overnight stays in February 2021 by countries of origin (extrapolated data)

Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin

Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in January 2021 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in calendar year 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in December 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in the tourism year 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in November 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in the summerseason 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in October 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in September 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in August 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in July 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in June 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in May 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in the winterseason 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in April 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in March 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in February 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by country of origin in January 2020 by Laender

Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation

Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in January 2021 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in calendar year 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in December 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in the tourism year 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in November 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in the summerseason 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in October 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in September 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in August 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in July 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in June 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in May 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in the winterseason 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in April 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in March 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in February 2020 by Laender
Arrivals and overnight stays by type of accommodation in January 2020 by Laender

Time series

Arrivals and overnight stays in calendar year (2010 to 2020)
Arrivals and nights spent in tourism - winter season (2011/2012 to 2019/2020)
Arrivals and overnight stays in summer season (2012 to 2020)
Occupancy ratio (based on beds) in % divided into the summer and winter season (1999 to 2019)
Arrivals, overnight stays and average duration of stay by provinces (1995 to 2020)
Travel intensity per inhabitant (based on overnight stays, 1995 to 2020)

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