Organisation of Austrian Tourism

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Photo: Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Weinhäupl

The fields of tourism and leisure-time industry are cross-sectoral matters characterised by an extremely pronounced splitting of responsibilities. According to Article 15 Austrian Federal Constitutional Law (general clause) the regulation of specific fields of tourism and the leisure time industry is essentially a matter falling within the sphere of competence of the Federal Provinces.

Tourism is essentially a matter falling within the sphere of competence of the Federal Provinces

The fields of tourism and leisure-time industry are cross-sectoral matters characterised by an extremely pronounced splitting of responsibilities. According to Article 15 Austrian Federal Constitutional Law (general clause) the regulation of specific fields of tourism and the leisure-time industry is essentially a matter falling within the sphere of competence of the Federal Provinces.

Tourism is a cross-sectoral matter

Even though tourism falls within the sphere of competence of the Federal Provinces, the Federal Government shapes important framework conditions for tourism and the leisure-time industry.

  • Trade law
  • Traffic law
  • Labour law
  • Internal security
  • Tax and levy system
  • within the framework of private-sector  administration the field of subsidisation.

Marketing and subsidisation of tourism

Within the framework of private-sector administration, the Federal Government makes an important contribution to increasing competitiveness. On the one hand the Federal Government is a member of the Austrian National Tourist Office (Verein Österreich Werbung), on the other hand the Federal Government supports tourist enterprises with funding via the Austrian Hotel and Tourism Bank (Österreichische Hotel- und Tourismusbank).

Tasks of the Federal Provinces

The Austrian Federal Provinces are in charge of enacting “tourism acts” and of regulating “event management”. They are partly also competent for provisions relevant for environmental protection, for regulating spatial planning, and for enacting building regulations as well as for the regulation of infrastructural affairs (e.g. provincial roads).

Within the framework of private-sector administration they are in charge of provincial subsidisation.

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