Statistics Austria published the October numbers for overnight stays this week and so the preliminary result for the summer season is clear: Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Michael Shower, Managing Director of Niederösterreichwerbung, together with Lower Austria's hosts, are pleased about around 4,6 million overnight stays May to October 2023. To be precise, 2.914.100 overnight stays come from guests from within Germany and 1.680.200 overnight stays from guests from abroad. This results in a significant increase of 8,1% compared to the comparable period in 2022.
State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner: “With the record result in September, an excellent result for this year's summer season has already emerged. October brought us 626.000 overnight stays, an increase of 3,3% compared to October 2022. This means we have a total of 4.594.300 overnight stays in the summer. A sincere thank you at this point to all the hosts in Lower Austria who provide top performance every day and ensure that our guests enjoy coming to us in Lower Austria.”
Despite inflation and a shortage of skilled workers in the industry, people are optimistic about the future of tourism in Lower Austria: “The good overnight stay numbers in the summer season make us look forward to the winter season with optimism. Especially now that the first ski lifts in Lower Austria will be open next weekend,” continued State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner.
Michael Shower, Managing Director of Niederösterreich Werbe, adds: “Our goal is to further develop Lower Austria from a destination for excursions to a short break and main vacation destination. For our most important markets of origin such as Vienna, Linz, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, there is always a lot of new and interesting things to discover. In tourism advertising, we rely on high-quality accommodation providers and excellent top restaurateurs such as the innkeepers of the Lower Austrian Wirtshauskultur. They are our ‘drawhorses’ and make Lower Austria known far beyond the state’s borders.”