Arab tourists in Austria on decline — Report

VIENNA, The number of Arab and Gulf tourists visiting Austria, mainly in Salzburg city, has dropped to 690,000 in the 2017-2018 season, said an official report on Thursday.

This led to a 6-percent decrease compared with the previous years, the report issued by the city of Salzburg added, noting that about one million tourists visited the country over the previous years.

The report attributed the drop to the spreading fears among Arab and Gulf tourists towards increasing racism against Arabs and Muslims in Austria and Europe.

The decline also was explained as Austria made some decisions in 2017 against Muslims banning wearing the face veil.

Since taking power in late 2017, Austria’s coalition government has taken some decisions to curb Islamic manifestations and number of mosques.

The measures also sought to enhance the Christian identity and European values, and expel migrants as well as reduce social assistance to the officially-recognized refugees in the country.

Source: Kuwait News Agency