Vienna has 2020 tourism strategy

VIENNA in the year 2020: 18 million bed nights, 1 billion euros in turnover by the hospitality sector, and direct flights from an additional 20 cities throughout the world – these are the objectives of Vienna’s 2020 Tourism Strategy recently presented by the Vienna Tourist Board.

“The new long-term strategy for Vienna’s destination development is based on the theme ‘Global.Smart.Premium’,” explains director of tourism Norbert Kettner. “Vienna is consolidating its status as a cosmopolitan metropolis and economic hub of Central Europe, and profiling itself through its living culture of sustainability, sophisticated urban technologies, intelligent mobility solutions and its high standards as a green city – as a ‘smart and glamorous city’. ‘Premium’ refers to our strategy of quality leadership in our tourism offerings – from arrival and accommodation to sightseeing, culture and entertainment, shopping and gastronomy, Vienna’s guests receive products and services of the highest quality in every price category.

“Our aim is five million more bednights by 2020, as well as 400 million euros more net room revenues over 2013, and 20 more cities worldwide offering direct flights to Vienna than today.” Bednights would then be around 18 million, breaking the one billion euro barrier for net room revenues.

The Vienna Tourist Board is gearing up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its famous Ringstrasse next year. This historic boulevard boasts large parks, key monuments and well-known buildings such as the Vienna State Opera, imperial palace, city hall and parliament. The Austrian capital will host numerous events, guided tours and exhibitions to mark the anniversary of its most important promenade.