Kitzbuhel; My but you´ve grown I was in Kitzbuhel for the first time in a while recently. I was being squired by an old friend who lives in the nearby village of Kirchdorf in Tirol (another story). What this friend wanted to show was how Kitzbuhel grew into a 5-star resort, one to rival Zermatt, St. Moritz or Lech. He showed me a host of new first class and expensive housing, all owned by what he described as "rich fuckers" not only from Kitzbuhel but fromn all over Europe, nay, the world. Then he took me to see a host of new 4 and 5 star resorts darted in and around Kitzbuhel. In Jochberg for example there is a new, 5-star resort being built that lays claim to opening by Christmas this year. Its slogan (at least as I understood it in German) is "finally, real luxury in Kitzbuhel". Er, as I saw it the resort is in ...Jochberg...a village well outside of Kitz, but still in the Bezirk. Hmmmn. And to make matters worse this big, luxourious entry is built right next to the highway. Hmmmn again. Then there´s the A-Rosa which has a fabulous luxury hotel, a great restaurant and a golf course. Jeezus H. Oh for 45 Euro there folks can take advantage of all sorts of hotel-offered goodies including a limousine ride to the local casino and 15 Euro back in Jettons to play the casino´s games of chance. Then there was a third. Equally luxurious but by this time my eyes glazed over and I forgot the name. Oh well. The next morning (Monday) my friend drove me to a bank in Kitzbuhel. I did my banking and walked back to the car and viewed the traffic (walking) in Kitzbuhel. Wait a minute!!!!
Many of the ladies, regardless of age were, well, dressed like starlets even at 10:AM. They were dressed and made up to the nines. Why? I wondered aloud. Could it be they were attracted by the new displays of wealth and were equally keen that they wanted retaliation? Hmmn for a third time.

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Austria admires neighbours Austria to focus on cross-border tourism Austria’s promotional funds will mainly be allocated to neighbouring countries this year, says Petra Stolba, head of the Austrian National Tourist Board (ANTB). Outlining Austria’s promotional campaign themes for 2009 at ITB, Stolba said she expects international markets from further afield to decline. ‘‘Our budget is €51 million and we have just received an additional fund of €4 million that will go into promotions in our domestic market and in neighbouring countries,’’ said Stolba. But ANTB will not cut back on marketing efforts in other international markets said Stolba, confirming that the budget for those markets is the same as in 2008. The country’s new slogan ‘Das muss ึsterreich sein/It’s got to be Austria’ will emphasise Austria’s special approach to culture, nature, lifestyle and tolerance, she said.

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Austrian Tourism Trends According to a recent story in the Austrian Times more Austrians than ever will be taking holidays at home this year. The report released by the Institute for Leisure Time and Tourism (ITF). The report states that a full 34% of Austrians are planning fewer and less expensive holidays at home this year. The report also staes that just 40% of Austrians are determined to take a vacation at all. This compares with 45% last year. The ITF boss, Peter Zellman reckons that the Austrian tourism sector will hold up fine as a result of the increase in Austrians vacationing at home. So far so good, but what about the numbers that will simply hop in thier cars and drive? These folks often find themselves in neighbouring countries such as Switzerland and Italy. In fact in past years Italy was the favorite country for Austrians traveling abroad to visit. At Activelifestyle.com we agree with this report. We have been big yea sayers to the theory that folks wil stick closer to home and go where the auto, train or bus takes them. We also do not think that tourism will melt away like the snows in spring.
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