Published on : Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Officials revealed that Austria’s national capital Vienna saw a boom in congress tourism in 2018, records were set for both congress visitor number and total value added.
The figures were presented by Peter Hanke, Vienna finance councilor that showed 4,685 congresses and company events were held in the city last year, an increase of 15 percent over the year prior.
The event saw participation from 631,000 people, a 3 % and also the same increase was shown in overnight stay of over 1.9 million at hotels and other forms of lodging.
It confirmed that one in eight overnight stays in the year was because of the congress tourism and the visitors had spent an average of 541 euros (607 U.S. dollars) per day, as compared to other visitors to Vienna who spent an average 266 euros (298 U.S. dollars) per day.
The tax earnings from the congresses were also up showing a total of 332 million euros,a 3 per cent increase. The total was 1.2 billion euros due to the value added from meetings showing a 3 per cent increase over 2017.
Vienna Tourist Board director Norbert Kettner was happy with the result as the city wasin the Champion’s League and in competition with the likes of London, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona.