2019 Was a Record-Breaking Year in Vienna Tourism

Visitors are pleased with Vienna as a travel destination, with 9 out of 10 stating they would recommend it to others.

tourism vienna
Brunnenmarkt / Brunnenmarkt

The Vienna Tourist Board reports record-breaking numbers for 2019 with revenue at an all-time high. “In terms of economic value added, 2019 shaped up to be extraordinarily positive,”, said City Councilman Peter Hanke at last week’s press conference in celebration of the historic numbers.

Billion Euro Baby

From January to November, the city’s hospitality industry raked in €904 million and is prospected to have broken the billion euro barrier by year’s end – a first for Vienna. Over 7.9 million arrivals amounted to 17.6 million overnight stays, 83% of which were from outside Austria. With a million overnighters, the USA is the city’s most prominently growing foreign market, closely followed by China and Japan. These markets also disproportionately contribute to the revenue of Viennese luxury hotels and stores.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

According to the tourism monitor T-MONA, visitors are pleased with Vienna as a travel destination, with 9 out of 10 stating they would recommend it to others. A survey by research institute Manova shows that 9 out of 10 Vienna residents have an equally positive disposition towards tourism in the city, a result that’s in line with previous years. Vienna’s popularity with visitors also creates a significant number of jobs, with around 11% stemming from the tourism and leisure industry, employing 116,500 local residents.

Foyer in der Wiener Staatsoper / Foyer at Vienna State Opera

Midnight Train to Vienna

Albertina / Albertina

Kettner expects to be taking “a breather at the highest level” in 2020, but remains excited about what’s to come. Austrian Airlines is launching eight new destinations, among them a direct connection to Boston, and the ÖBB is keeping its commitment to establishing Vienna as the night train hub of Europe with their new Nightjet connections to Brussels, Krakow and Amsterdam, among others. Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday is sure to bring music lovers galore to the “Capital of Music,” while the 13 large-scale conferences that are slated for 2020 will certainly maintain Vienna’s status as a professional hotspot.

(Foto: WienTourismus/Christian Stemper/Paul Bauer)

Philipp Rossmann
Philipp Josef Rossmann is Head of Sales and a columnist at METROPOLE who is is known for his loud style, loud shoes and loud cries for coffee. He moved to Vienna in pursuit of a more metropolitan life after finishing a Master's in English and American Studies in Graz, Austria.


You like local independent journalism in English? So do we!

To keep providing you with current news, insights, opinion and Schmäh about our shared hometown, we need your help.
We chose to provide our daily coverage for free, because we believe in equal access to information. And we want to be independent from our advertisers, so we can deliver the news that you want. With your help, we can keep giving you the open, independent journalism you deserve.

Don’t let the advertisers win!


If you’re able, please support Metropole today from as little as €1
or choose an amount:

RECENT Articles

3 Ways to Swear Like a Real Wiener

Entire books have been written about the ingenious ways the Viennese swear, rant, yammer and nag. And we know how to help you get acquainted with the high art of Viennese swearing.

The Burgtheater’s (im)Perfect Crib

Real time surtitles in German and English now make it possible for non-German speakers and the hard of hearing to enjoy Vienna’s greatest stage. But maybe you don’t need them.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria

Better known by her nickname “Sissi,” she has captured the hearts of the public ever since she was immortalized by actress Romy Schneider in a trilogy of 1950s romantic comedies.

Donald Tusk’s Clear Voice

Welcoming to Scotland, the perennial European is not about to leave the political stage.

“Mein Fall” | Austrian Writer Tells of Sexual Abuse

As a choirboy at the Zwettl Monastery in the 1960s, novelist Josef Haslinger was regularly assaulted by his superiors. Now he wrote about it.

Passing the Baton

The Vienna Theatre Project meditates on MLK’s last night on earth in Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.”

5 Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies | It’s Difficult to Love

If the most saccharine of holidays is starting to get to you, here are five sobering – some would say more realistic – portrayals of human emotion.

Keeping It Together

Ken Loach takes on the human cost of the gig economy in his latest film, "Sorry We Missed You".