Tourism in Austria

Austria recorded a total of 28 million tourists in 2016, ranking 11th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Austria, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.2 tourists per resident, Austria ranked 20th in the world. In Western Europe, it ranked 2nd.

Austria generated around 19.24 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.6 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Austria from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Austria each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in Western Europe.

Tourists per year in Austria

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 14.53 billion USD, or about 6.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 17.17 million tourists at that time and roughly 846 USD per person. Within 21 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 19.24 billion USD, accounting for 4.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 684 USD for his holiday in Austria.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Austria per year

All data for Austria in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
199517.17 m14.53 bn $6.0 %846 $
199617.09 m13.98 bn $5.9 %818 $
199716.65 m12.28 bn $5.8 %737 $
199817.35 m12.69 bn $5.8 %732 $
199917.47 m12.36 bn $5.7 %708 $
200017.98 m11.38 bn $5.8 %633 $
200118.18 m11.51 bn $5.8 %633 $
200218.61 m12.33 bn $5.8 %663 $
200319.08 m15.13 bn $5.8 %793 $
200419.37 m17.25 bn $5.7 %890 $
200519.95 m18.47 bn $5.8 %926 $
200620.27 m16.51 bn $4.9 %815 $
200720.77 m18.56 bn $4.8 %893 $
200821.94 m21.63 bn $5.0 %986 $
200921.36 m19.15 bn $4.8 %897 $
201022.00 m18.76 bn $4.8 %852 $
201123.01 m19.78 bn $4.6 %859 $
201224.15 m18.94 bn $4.6 %784 $
201324.81 m20.22 bn $4.7 %815 $
201425.29 m20.91 bn $4.7 %827 $
201526.73 m18.29 bn $4.8 %684 $
201628.12 m19.24 bn $4.9 %684 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.