Austrian statistical system

Statistics Austria (STAT) - the Austrian statistical office - has collected data about tourism for some 130 years. The tourism and travel data compiled by STAT comprises four core areas: accommodation, travel habits, travel balance of payments and satellite systems (TSA).

Accommodation statistics

The accommodation statistics provide key information about Austria’s tourism, such as the number of overnight stays and arrivals, which can be analysed according to accommodation types and countries of origin in particular.

Data is submitted on a monthly basis by around 65 000 commercial and private accommodation establishments via 1 600 municipalities, broken down according to accommodation types and countries of origin.

Furthermore, stock statistics (accommodation and beds) are collected once per year for the winter and summer season.


Travel habits of the population resident in Austria

Every quarter 3 500 representatively chosen individuals living in Austria (15+) are questioned about their travel behaviour. The interviews are carried out by means of computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI). Participation in the survey is voluntary. The selection frame for the proportional stratified sample is the Central Register of Residents (CRR). The phone numbers are taken from the public directory (Herold). The CATI-interviews are done in the in-house call centre of Statistics Austria. After recording the data, the data are subjected to plausibility checks; implausible and missing data are imputed. After imputation, the extrapolation of the data and the creation of standard tables for publication are done.

Travel Balance of Payment

Up to and including December 2005 the data for international payment flows in tourist travel was collected and published by the Austrian Central Bank. Since 1 January 2006 Statistics Austria has been responsible for this task on behalf of the Austrian Central Bank. The travel balance of payments compares the expenditure of Austrian residents for travel abroad and the income from incoming tourism (excluding international passenger transport).

Tourism Satellite Account

In order to allow the collection of data on the monetary scale of the tourism industry and an evaluation of the value created by tourism for the economy as a whole and the industry’s effect on employment, the implementation of tourism satellite accounts (TSA) – based on the recommendations of EUROSTAT, OECD and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – seemed an appropriate step.

The TSA for Austria were set up in 2001 - starting with the reporting year 1999 - in the context of a collaborative project undertaken by the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) and Statistics Austria, and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Digitalisation, Business and Enterprise (BMDW). The national tourism satellite accounts are drawn up annually; as of the reporting year 2003, the employment-related effects of the tourism industry are also taken into account.

In view of the regional and local significance of tourism, regional tourism satellite accounts (RTSA) for Vienna, Upper Austria and Lower Austria have been prepared on behalf of the respective federal province’s tourism organisation, starting with the reporting year 2002 for Vienna, 2003 for Upper Austria and 2005 for Lower Austria.

published at 30.01.2020, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)