Overall, tourism contributes 7.4 percent to value added and 7.9 percent to employment.
Austria’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism – this is particularly true of Salzburg and Tyrol. In these federal states, 14 to 17 percent of added value and employment are quickly dependent on tourism, according to calculations by Wifo and Statistics Austria. In Austria’s economy, tourism contributes 7.4 percent to value added and 7.9 percent to total employment, according to the regional tourism satellite accounts (RTSA) for 2018.
The data were calculated for all federal states except Vorarlberg. Across Austria, 35.78 billion euros flowed for vacation and travel by residents and foreigners. Three fifths of this, 21.15 billion euros, went to the federal states of Tyrol, Vienna and Salzburg. Specifically, it was 8.33 billion euros in Tyrol, 7.18 billion euros in Vienna and 5.64 billion euros in Salzburg. This is followed by Styria (3.49 billion euros), Lower Austria (2.87 billion euros), Upper Austria (2.76 billion euros), Carinthia (2.51 billion euros) and Burgenland (1.01 billion euros).
All of these figures relate to 2018 and are therefore before the Corona crisis. However, they show how dependent domestic tourism is on foreign guests, as they contribute more than half of the income. Tourism is also very important for employment in Austria. The sector’s share in the individual federal states lies between a good three percent of jobs in Upper Austria and a good 16 percent (Tyrol) of all jobs.