New Delhi: Notwithstanding the global slowdown, Austria reported a 10% rise in arrivals of Indian tourists in the Alpine country during 2008 and the Austrian National Tourist Office (ANTO) is planning a slew of measures to sustain similar growth for 2009-11.
“Around 48,000 Indians visited Austria during 2008, which was 10% growth over the 2007 figures. We are planning a series of incentives for Indian tourists and are looking at repeating the 10% annual growth for 2009-11,” Austrian National Tourist Office Marketing Manager (India) Christine Mukharji told reporters here.
He said the global slowdown had failed to arrest the arrival of Indian tourists in Austria.
“In fact, during the October-December quarter of 2008, the arrival of Indian tourists reported a rise of 70% over the corresponding period of 2007,” Mukharji said.
ANTO is planning a series of initiatives to promote Austrian cities including Vienna and Innsbruck among Indians.
“We are soon going to launch a special Delhi-Vienna-Innsbruck package, which would include four nights in Innsbruck and one night in Vienna at 2,000 euros for two adults and a minimal one euro for one child,” she added.
This scheme is being undertaken in collaboration with the travel agency Austrian Air and Pegasus.