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CORRECTION / Austrian tourism sees great damage to its image through lockdown

Friday, 11/19/2021 11:56 AM by

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(Hotels for business travelers are expected to remain open – 3rd paragraph)

VIENNA (dpa-AFX) – According to the hotel industry, the lockdown for all of Austria means considerable damage to the image of tourism. The complete escalation of the Corona crisis casts a bad light on the country, said Susanne Kraus-Winkler from the Hotel Industry Association in the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ). The guests came not only because of the beautiful landscape, but also because of the feeling of security. “Security is the new currency in tourism”.

There is no alternative to lockdown itself. “We have to support that now,” said Kraus-Winkler. The classic Christmas vacation was probably over. At most, a few regular guests can be expected. The industry is set to take off in the second half of the season from mid-January. “We hope that something can still be saved,” said the expert.

The start of the season has been delayed due to the threat of hotels being closed for tourists. In previous lockdowns, the hotels were only bookable for business travelers and for other compelling reasons. The Tyrolean ski resort of Ischgl wanted to open the ski season on November 25th.

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