A trend that is noticeable in all Carinthian target markets is a strong increase in holidaymakers interested in outdoor activities, in particular cycling and hiking. Carinthia has successfully established some model products in this regard, such as the Alpe Adria Trail, the Alpe Adria Cycling Trail, the new Dreiländer Genussradtour trail and the 5 Sterne Drauradweg trail, as well as the Nockberge Trail, Austria’s first year-round hiking trail that may be booked online, thus offering perfect prerequisites for an active outdoor holiday. The Flow Trail on Petzen mountain is also an important tourist attraction. Another central theme is regional cuisine, with an emphasis on Slow Food. The goal is to position Carinthia as a region for premium-quality culinary experiences. To achieve this, a specific regional food culture is being developed for Carinthia, on the basis of the Slow Food philosophy.
Carinthia is also a popular winter destination, especially for families and those who haven’t skied in a while. Skiing remains the core interest of winter guests, but there are also alternatives on offer such as ski trekking, wellness, opportunities to explore nature and so on.
It is the primary goal of the Carinthian tourism industry to make Carinthia into a year-round destination, thereby creating non-seasonal employment and ensuring that infrastructures are fully utilised on a sustainable basis. ”Gentle mobility” When travelling to a holiday destination in an environmentally friendly manner, i.e. by coach or by train, it is often the “last mile” - the stretch between the train station and the accommodation provider - that constitutes the greatest hurdle for guests. As the trend towards car-free holidays continues, Carinthia has reacted by setting up a train-station shuttle that links guests with 4,600 accommodation providers, eight regions and 260 day trip destinations in 2017. Read more