VIENNA, Austria – Vienna set two new records in the first six months of 2011: visitor bed nights rose 5.3% to 5 million and net bed night turnover for hotels went up 12.1% to EUR 182.3 million in the period from January to May.
“Of the 30 countries with strong bed night figures in Vienna, in the first half of the year only four countries showed a decline compared to the first half of 2010, while sixteen had two-digit growth rates,” Norbert Kettner, director of the Vienna Tourist Board, explained. Despite a slight decrease, Germany (1,089,000, -1%) and Austria (1,002,000, 4%) still head the top ten list for bed nights in Vienna, followed by Italy (276,000, +6 %) in third place. An increase from Russia (256,000, +41%) caused it to move to fourth place, more than making up for the declines mentioned above.
The USA (246,000, +6%) ranks in fifth place, followed by Great Britain (174,000, +6%), France (156,000, +13%), Switzerland (156,000, +10%), Spain (136,000, +11%) and Romania (111,000, +5%). The surprise came from Japan, which after Fukushima showed only a small drop of 3%, with numbers on the rise again since May.
The fourth market with negative numbers is – as one might expect – Greece. There was huge growth from Central and South America with an increase in bed nights of 48%, China with 40% growth, and the Arab countries of Asia with +32%. Net bed night turnover for Vienna’s accommodation providers rose 12% in the period January to May 2011 (the figures for June are not yet available), setting a new record of EUR 182.3 million.