Vienna: More bednights than ever in first half of 2014
New all-time high for bednights in Vienna: A total of 6 million overnight stays were recorded in the period from January to June 2014, 5.8% more than in the same period of 2013.
"Vienna has once again convincingly demonstrated its tourist attraction in the first half of 2014, with an increase of 5.8% to some six million visitor overnights," said Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board, of the new record. Vienna's ten main markets in the first half of 2014 were once again headed by Germany with 1,213,000 bednights (+6% on the same period the previous year), followed by Austria (1,157,000, +4%), Russia (322,000, -12%), the USA (319,000, +16%), and Italy (289,000, +18%). Places 6 to 10 were taken by the United Kingdom (213,000, +5%), Switzerland (187,000, +2%), France (168,000, +2%), Spain (135,000, +1%) and Japan (130,000, -4%). Vienna also recorded particularly strong growth compared to 2013 from China (97,000 bednights, +19%) and South Korea (67,000, +27%). International bednights accounted for around 81% of Vienna's total volume of bednights. The average room occupancy of Vienna's hotels in the first half-year was around 65% (1-6/2013: approximately 64%). The total number of beds rose by 1,500 beds from June 2013 to June 2014, meaning that the Austrian capital now has an accommodation capacity of around 64,000 beds. Vienna currently occupies first place worldwide in the latest Mercer "Quality of Living" survey, whilst as a convention metropolis both the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Union of International Associations (UIA) ranked Vienna as the world's number 3 for its international meetings in 2013.