Tourism jobs on the up in Austria

It’s not all doom and gloom in Europe. If you’re changing your outlook you can still do very well as Vienna, the Austrian capital, has discovered. Some tourism jobs, such as hotel staff, are still very much in demand.

Tourism officials in Vienna announced that the city saw a new record number of visitors this October with 1,092,000 overnight stays.

Vienna attracted more visitors from Turkey and Saudi Arabia compared to visitors from Germany.  The number of Germans visiting the city fell by 5%.

The Viennese can really tell where the global economy is performing well. The city’s 10 most popular markets fluctuated dramatically with double digit changes. Visitors from the USA increased by 18% and from Russia by 10%. The Italian and French economies are not performing very well at the moment and this was reflected in a decrease of the number of Italians by 20% and French by 12%.

Despite major markets performing badly the overall number of visitors rose thanks to a massive increase (124%) in the numbers of visitors from Turkey. The number of visitors from Saudi Arabia also doubled.

A major factor that helped numbers increase was the recent easing of the Visa restrictions.

It’s not smiles all around though. Four-star hotels and the more basic hotels performed well, but luxury hotels and the three star segment performed worse than in the same period last year.

However, turnover remained at a record level. The figures for October are not in yet, but the figures for September showed a turnover of 69.6 million euros – more than in any other month.

This bodes well for tourism jobs in Vienna.

Harmen Rijks is a regular contributor to


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