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Salzburg: 11.000 holidaymakers from Russia in one day

Yesterday the airport in Salzburg listed an inrush of Russian tourists. 11.000 holidaymakers from Russia arrived in one day. Mainly young families with many children from the middle class, reported Austrias Broadcasting Corporation “ORF”.

45 aeroplanes from Russian or Ukrainian airports were counted. They landed every fifth minute. This is a huge increase since the past year. Russians want to celebrate their orthodox christmas in Austria, knows a young tour escort. Their favourite destination is the valley in Bad Gastein.

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Austria wants more Russian tourists

More Russian tourists should come to Austria for a winter holiday. A new advertising campaign should guarantee an inflow of winter tourists from Russia. Since 2005 the amount of Russian tourists in Austria decreased dramatically. There was a loss of more than one third. Russians are Austrias most important target group beside German, Dutch, and […]

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Schladming most popular ski region of the Alps

A new study of a consulting agency revealed that the Styrian town of Schladming is the most popular ski region of the Alps. 18.000 holidaymakers in 40 different ski regions were questioned. The survey included the range of ski slopes, snow guarantee, hotels, fun, apres ski and kindness. Schladming was the winner of the survey […]

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Tourism in Upper Austria with a clear minus in overnight stays

The federal state of Upper Austria has a problem with its tourism industry. The overnight stays experience a dramatic decrease. There was a minus of 4,2 percent between May and July. In numbers: 10.000 visitors fewer with a minus of 92.000 over night stays. There is no difference between domestic and foreign guests. The interesting […]

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Very expensive hotel prices in Salzburg

Devastating result for Salzburgs hotel prices in the trivago hotel price index. While hotel prices in all important European cities decrease, Salzburg is the only exception. The hotel prices were even increased. And that not in a modest way. In Venice, Rome or Paris the prices for a hotel room decreased down to 19 percent. […]

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Carinthians not friendly enough to tourists?

“Carinthia – holiday by friends” is a famous advertisment for making holiday in Austrias southern province of Carinthia. But are Carinthias really such friends and very friendly to their tourists? A survey among 7.000 tourists who spent their holidays in Carinthia shows something else. The beauty of Carinthias landscape was confirmed and is undisputed, but […]

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Every third Austrian spends his holiday domestically

The institute called “Institute for tourism and leisure research” revealed the result that every third Austrian prefers to spend his holiday in Austria. Thereby Austria is the most popular holiday destination for Austrians. The typical Austrian holiday maker is not under 30 years old, comes from the countryside, and has no children under 15 years. […]

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Angry Belgian skiers in Tirol

A couple of Belgian skiers were arrested on the ski slope in Tirols holiday destination Wildschönau, because they started a fight with native ski lift servants. One of the servants was badly injured with a ski shoe kick in his face. Two helicopters had to come to the spot of violence. One to bring the […]

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Tourism in Styria is doing fine

In spite of economic crisis and thunder storms, the tourism in Styria is doing quite good this summer season. Steiermark Tourismus even announces a slight increase of arrivals between May and July this year. Tourism experts feared a much worser situation for the Styrian holiday industry this summer. Also the numbers for August are very […]

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Bed and breakfast in Austria with glorious business

One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow. As hotels are worrying about dramatically decreasing over night stays, bed and breakfast guesthouses are booked out as never before. Also the website of Austrias Broadcasting Corporation reports about a “rebirth of the bed and breakfast guesthouse” in Austria. Experts were wrong in the past times when they […]

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Dissatisfaction of employees in Austrian tourism industry increases

The mounting pressure and an higher unemployment cause an increase of dissatisfaction in the Austrian tourism industry. The first time since many years the employment figures in Austrias tourism decrease. Economy scientist Kai Biehl explains: “The economic crisis has reached the tourism.” In general the satisfaction of employees in gastronomy and hotel business is lower […]

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Austria wants to have more homosexual tourists

According to an article in Austrias daily newspaper called “Die Presse”, Austria wants to be a more attractive holiday destination for homosexual tourists. Homosexuals love to travel and spend a lot of money during their trips. Much more money than heterosexuals. The beginning made Austrias most southern province Carinthia. Last year a festival for homoxexuals […]

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Summer holiday in Tirol

Austrias federal state of Tirol is preparing for the summer holiday season. Tourism experts predict a difficult situation. The international financial crisis should decrease the number of holidaymakers. But Tirol is still relaxed. Reason: the past winter season was the second best in Tirols history ever. The holiday and tourism managers of Tirol are very […]

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Postcards of Innsbruck are a fake

Two young architects, who were analyzing postcards of Tirols provincial capital Innsbruck, raise a protest against the postcards of the popular holiday destination. According to their opinion, they came to the conclusion that a lot of postcards were faked, and do not reflect the reality. Most of the postcards were photo compositions. The mountains of […]

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Increase of Russian and Ukrainian tourists in Carinthia

Austrias federal state of Carinthia is becoming more and more popular among Russian tourists. The increase last summer amounted 23 percent. In winter even 35 percent more Russians spent their holiday in Austrias most southern province. The website of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation also reports about huge increase of tourists from the Ukraine. 54,2 percent […]

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Fritzl trial in St.Pölten: good for tourism?

The trial against Josef Fritzl is over. He has to stay in prison the rest of his life. Austrias weekly newspaper “Die ganze Woche” printed an interesting statement of a hotel operator from St. Pölten in todays issue. The hotel operator claims that the Fritzl trial was a brillant promotion for St. Pölten as tourism […]

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Vienna popular among German, Russian and Romanian tourists

Vienna as a holiday destination is becoming more and more popular among foreign tourists. The last month was even a record in over night stays. Vienna had so many tourists like never before in history. Almost 1,1 million over night stays in one month is a quite an impressing result indeed. One of the reasons […]

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Austria thinks about “mushroom police”

The arduous discussion about mushrooms in Austrias forests does not end. Land and forests owner demand a new police unit who should protect the mushrooms in their forests. In future they also want to sell licenses to people who want to enter a forest in Austria. Austrias tourism manager are quite upset about such plans. […]

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Tourists in Salzburg. What they are doing if they stay just for one day?

Tourists who just stay for one day, are very imporant for the net product of Salzburg. Those people generate an added value of 83 million Euro during the whole year. Now the city of Salzburg wanted to know what are they doing, and why they are coming to Salzburg. The result of that inquiry shows […]

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Thermal spring of Bad Tatzmannsdorf with healthy strength training

The thermal spring of Bad Tatzmannsdorf has a new attraction in its extensive program. It’s a new method of a strength training the healthy way called “Kieser Training Methode”. The thernal spring of Bad Tatzmannsdorf is the first one in Austria, which is going to offer such a revolutionary training routine as a chosen quality […]

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Farm holiday in Tirol is becoming more popular

Farmers in Tirol are happy about their touristical attraction. The offer to spend holiday in their farms is becoming more and more popular. Last year the occupancy rate increased up to 11 percent. But this is not enough for those ambitious farmers in the federal state of the Alpine mountains. “There is still a lot […]

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Start of Danube river shipping season in Lower Austria

Saturday, the 12th April, is going to be the magic day when the Danube river shipping season starts in the Lower Austrian region of the Wachau. The family establishment of Brandner offers a lot of attractive trips on their boat along the Danube river, in the beautiful Danube valley of Wachau, between the town of […]

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Holiday in Austria with babies and little children

Making holiday with babies and little children is usually a big challenge for the parents. Family Tirol Hotels completes this market niche, and wants to offer a stress-free holiday in the Tirolean mountains for young parents. The hotels in Austrias federal state of Tirol who have such a seal of approval, are reviewed every third […]

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Skiing in Salzburg during Easter holidays is ensured

Fresh snow and artificial snow makes it possible, and let Salzburgs hotel operators cheer. Skiing is possible during the Easter holidays in the winter holiday resorts of Salzburg. The dry period and the sunny weather in February was posion for the ski slopes. The snow was almost gone. But now the weather has changed, and […]

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Invasion of Swedish and Russian tourists in Salzburg

The city of Salzburg experiences an invasion of Swedish and Russian tourists these days. A reason might be the fact that Russia and Sweden are going to play their matches for the Football Euro 2008 in Salzburg. There are also more tourists from Greece and Spain, who are also going to play in the city […]

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Tourism in Vienna is doing fabulous

Vienna is a popular holiday destination. The tourism industry in Austrias capital has no reason to moan or complain. Vienna is doing very good. Last year the number of overnight stays increased by 3,4 percent up to 9,7 million.This is the fifth record in the last five years. Vienna is popular like never before. Especially […]

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Tourism consultant: Austrian gastronomy is not good enough

Harsh critics received the Austrian gastronomy during a conference of experts last weekend in Salzburg. A tourism consultant from Austrias Western province Vorarlberg, characterized the culinaric industry of Austria as deficient in terms of making eating and drinking to an adventure. “Already small things can do it. Interesting folded table napkins for instance”, he explains. […]

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Young and brave hotel operators in Leogang (Salzburg province)

The little town of Leogang is located in the east of the Salzburg province, and has 3.100 inhabitants. Leogang is becoming more and more popular as a summer and winter holiday destination. This year the amount of guest beds had to be increased from 4.000 up to 4.400. The new 400 beds are available at […]

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Winter sports in Austria: first ski areas open!

The traditional ski opening in Austria usually starts at the beginning of December, but the weather makes it possible much earlier this year. The first ski areas in Austria are going to open this weekend. Also many ski areas in Austrias federal state Styria open tomorrow. Skiers, snowboarders and cross country skiers will invade the […]

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Austrias spa hotels have awful swimming pools

Usually it should be something natural that there is a good water quality in the swimming pools of Austrias spa hotels. But a test should the opposite. Only one fifth of the reviewed swimming pools had water according to the Austrian bathhouses hygienic law. The test was made by the spa hotel guide “Relax Guide”. […]

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Tourists in Austria say: “Viennese are friendly”

The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber wanted to know what tourists think about Viennese citizens, and made a survey. The result was definitely pleasant. “The Viennese are friendly”, was the conventional wisdom. About 400 tourists were questioned. They are satisfied with the friendliness, but the best rating received the Viennese hotel business with a grade of […]

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