Excerpted from the Austria Career Guide
Tourism and Leisure
Known for its soaring alpine vistas and great skiing, Austria is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. In fact, tourism is one of Austria’s most important economic sectors. Last year tourists spent more than 31 million EU there, accounting for 5.5 percent of the country’s GDP. The majority of that spending came from international visitors.
Recent statistics reveal Austria welcomed a record number of tourists last year, even in a challenging economic environment. The number of arrivals in Austria reached an all-time high of 36.2 million visitors, with about 131 million overnight stays in Austrian hotels.
Organizations and Trade Associations
Österreich Werbung (ÖW)
Austrian National Tourist Office
http://www.austria.info/at (German, English, French, Spanish, several other languages)
ÖW, the Austrian National Tourist Office (Österreich Werbung), is the umbrella organization for Austria’s regional tourism organizations. Aside from its main goal of promoting Austria to international tourists, the ÖW offers information on the fundamentals of the Austrian tourism industry. Its website includes information on events, statistics and trends in local tourism, and links to hotels and various other potential employers.
Österreich Werbung Vienna
Tel: + 00800 400 200 00
http://www.vida.at/ (German) Vida, the labor union for traffic, health and private services providers, is a member of the ÖGB (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund /Austrian Trade Union Confederation). Professionals in the field of tourism and leisure are represented by Vida. News and tips are offered on the website, which also includes contact information for regional offices.
Tel: +43 1 534 44 79
Oscar’s Hotel and Restaurant Magazine
Oscar’s Hotel and Restaurant Magazine is a monthly magazine available in print and online. The website offers a search tool for tourism jobs in Austria and worldwide. There is a fee for an annual subscription for the online magazine; the job board section of the website is free of charge. The site also offers a news and events section.
Oscars Verlag AG
FL-9492 Eschen, Fürstentum Liechtenstein (FL)
Tel: +423 37 500 75
Fax: +423 37 500 74
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Austria Guide.