Austrian hotel prices on the rise

Hotel prices in Austria have edged up this month, it has been reported.On-line hotel comparison platform Trivago ( said today (Thurs) a standard double room in Austria cost 115 Euros per night this month, up by three per cent compared to the previous month.This means the price hike which occurred in Austria was less dramatic than the average European increase, which saw the average price rise by four per cent to 118 Euros.Figures also show that there was no change in prices in Austria year on year.According to Trivago, a double room in the Austrian capital Vienna costs 137 Euros on average this month, up from 125 Euros in September.The platform further reported a 24 per cent increase of prices for rooms in Sölden (115 Euros). The Tyrolean ski resort, where the winter sport season kicked off recently, will host the first 2010/2011 World Cup races later this month.The Austrian tourism industry can look back on a good summer season. The number of overnight stays recorded between May and August edged up by 1.1 per cent year on year to 46.58 million.Guests from abroad are responsible for the vast majority of overnight stays with around 32 million, and Economy Chamber (WKO) officials have appealed to tourism bosses to show more effort in trying to attract Austrian guests.More than 660,000 jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on tourism in Austria, according to recent research.