The spokesman for the professional association of the hotel industry, Johann Spreitzhofer, reported Tuesday morning together with gastro spokesman Mario Pulker at a press conference of the Chamber of Commerce on the situation in the two sectors. In the hotel industry, Spreitzhofer explained, an optimistic mood can be felt despite the difficult times, the basic mood is positive: “You have to believe in yourself, otherwise you would quickly be gone”. Overall, compared to pre-Corona times, there was a drop of 18 percent. “We can’t make up for this minus this year.” In the south of Austria there was an increase in bookings, but there is still a need to catch up in the cities. Fortunately, domestic tourism grew by 6.9 percent.
In general, guest planning has become much more spontaneous, last-minute is the trend. Nevertheless, the guests are very price sensitive. In winter, the booking forecasts would only be 32 percent – in addition to Corona, the increase in costs would be particularly responsible for this. In addition, 80 percent of companies are affected by rising energy prices. The energy situation is also dramatic in his industry: “It affects electricity, gas, oil, all materials, even local wood”. In many companies, the electricity costs alone have more than doubled on average.
Things are looking a little worse in gastronomy, reports WKÖ Gastro Chairman Pulker. “In rural areas we have decent sales declines”. A third of the innkeepers are not optimistic and describe the business as “not good”. This is also due to the difficult pricing. “It will be very tight for many. Only where you have a high-income environment do the bars still work very well”. The rural environment is particularly affected by bankruptcies. Also interesting: 55 percent of the companies registered an increased demand for regional products, but only 20 percent of the customers were willing to pay the higher price for them.