Mumbai, Nov 6 IBNS | 2 years ago

Genteel Vienna, the Austrian capital, is all set to welcome young travelers from India. The city of the legendary waltzes and historic coffee houses beckon tourists in the age group of 20 to 29 years.

Vienna Tourist Board is collaborating with Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India's leading travel and travel related financial services company, to focus on young travelers, beginning November 2013.

This strategic tie-up includes:

Euro Launch of travel packages customised to cater to the young Indian travelers by Thomas Cook India.

Euro Training of over a 100 travel partners and travel agents associated with Thomas Cook India to promote the Destination Vienna by Thomas Cook India's educational arm the Centre of Learning.

Historically, travel in India has largely been the domain of the 35-60 year old age group.

Thomas Cook India's customer analysis has however, unearthed a new trend: almost 45pc of their individual holiday travelers are Youth - aged between 18 to 35 years old, and this segment is poised to grow at an exponential rate of 25-30pc .

For the Youth of today, travel is clearly not about traversing the distance between point A and B, but rather a voyage of discovery - of new places, and importantly - different, exciting non-traditional experiences; and Vienna offers just that.

Once in Vienna, the young generation of tourists has a lot to explore, be it the UNESCO heritage listed city center, Schonbrunn castle and its park or young and buzzing design scene.

Or else, they can just unwind on the vast stretches of green and watch the undulating river Danube meander from the banks of the Danube Island - a total of 42 km of urban beach.

"We look to welcoming significantly larger inflow of younger tourists from India in the coming years. Vienna is one of the youngest cities in Europe and definitely has a lot to offer for this target group," says Norbert Kettner, Director, Vienna Tourist Board.

Vienna, the former seat of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, has a youthful appeal. The young and spirited can enjoy a magnificent view of the city by climbing 343 steps up St. Stephen's Cathedral. Of course, the elevator is always an option.

Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., said, "While Vienna enjoys a unique positioning based on its rich heritage, culture and classical music, the Vienna of today offers impactful potential as a fresh, vibrant youthful European capital.

"Given that our research at Thomas Cook India, indicates the emergence of a viable new segment - Gen Y, young confident experimental Indian travelers, with rapidly growing purchasing power, we see much synergy with Vienna."

Vienna has the ability to connect the past with the present. It encourages visitors to travel back in time and visit some of the 27 palaces and 163 other imperial residences.

"Vienna is home to the world famous art galleries, grand buildings, bees and flowers. Tourists can relish some delectable Viennese cuisine with wine from vineyards just about 10 km from the Vienna State Opera," says Kettner adding that Vienna offers amazing walking experiences.

Even as tourists soak in the grandeur, Vienna keeps them hooked to the present with its sightseeing attractions like the Schonbrunn Castle or Hofburg palace, which today - amongst others - houses the office of the Austrian President, several museums, the National Library and convention. For this and many other attractions, it's difficult for people to resist Vienna.

"Vienna offers lots for everyone: the young, mature and not-so-young. We invite larger number of tourists from India in the coming years to experience the pleasures of a city with highest quality of living and the history of a multinational empire," says Kettner who was in India last week to firm up marketing initiatives for 2014 for the Indian market.

Menon added, "Our partnership with Vienna Tourism is two-pronged: training of sales and front-line teams and the launch of youthful packages via our Youth portfolio at Thomas Cook India-'Rock On Holidays'.

"This ensures that we equip the travel trade with vital destination knowledge, as also create impactful itineraries to deliver to India's travel hungry Gen Y, a fascinating new, youthful destination - Vienna."

Thomas Cook India's youth focused itineraries include the following experiences:

Euro Discover Vienna City via fun Segway Tours

Euro Biking Tours along the scenic River Danube

Euro Donauinsel Festival to listen to some of the best international music

Euro Explore Vienna's heritage music in the House of Music or try your hands at conducting an orchestra using interactive display

Euro Learn the graceful Viennese Waltz

Ten lesser known facts about Vienna

Euro Vienna is the world's only metropolis that grows a significant number of vineyards within its city limits.

Euro Vienna is dotted with parks. During spring, 400 kinds of roses blossom in the Volksgarten alone.

Euro The Vienna State Opera offers over 50 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.

Euro The historic center of Vienna has been added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list.

Euro Vienna is home to about 2,000 coffee houses, the traditional ones are in the old city center.

Euro The Wurstelprater Amusement Park's House of Mirrors showcases Moms looking as thin as a toothpick and Dads as fat as a barrel.

Euro Vienna is a shopper's paradise. Brad Pitt and Pete Doherty sport Viennese hat maker Muhlbauer's label, Lady Gaga shows gloves of Viennese professional Nina Peter in her video The Edge of Glory.

Euro Homely taverns serve delicacies and wine. Vineyard tours allow a first-hand experience of vineyards and wine cellars

Euro Vienna has 850 parks (280 of them Imperial) and 1,730 acres of vineyards, in addition to 1,716 bridges.

(Posted on 06-11-2013)