Austria sees record tourist numbers over summer

October 29, 2014 9:25 am 

VIENNA, Oct. 29 — Austria has attracted a record number of tourists over the past summer season despite cool and rainy weather, Statistics Austria figures released Tuesday showed.

The number of visitors climbed 2.3 percent compared to 2013, reaching a total of 17.94 million between May and September, while the number of overnight stays increased 0.7 percent to 60.1 million.

The last time the 60 million overnight-stay mark was passed over the same five-month period was in 1995 with 60.43 million stays, the statistics institute said.

The increase in overnight stays came primarily from foreign visitors whose numbers increased 1 percent to 42.02 million, while that of Austrians remained stable at 18.08 million.

Germany remained to be the greatest contributor of overnight stays by foreign visitors, with 22.55 million. Visitors from Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Great Britain increased, while those from the Netherlands and Italy decreased.

Commenting on the results, Federal Minister of Economy Reinhold Mitterlehner said in a press release that the tourism industry has again shown itself to be crisis-proof and an important pillar of the economy in uncertain times.

The increase in foreign tourist numbers is also "a good indicator of the international competitiveness of Austria as a tourist destination," he said. The minister also expressed his confidence for the upcoming winter season. (PNA/Xinhua)

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