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Graz celebrates record visitor numbers for 2012

Close to 944,000 people chose to stay the night in the Syrian capital last year.

One of the main reasons for the substantial increase in the number of overnight stays was the Graz Congress business as well as the culinary offerings and the growing number of daytrippers visiting the city.

To be more precise – that represented 943,817 people that stay the night which is an increase of three point nine percent on 2011 and a new record .

The average length of each stay remained about the same at one point nine days per person.

Graz tourism boss Dieter Hardt-Stremayr said: "The region's economic prospects are doing good – the Congress model is functioning better than ever before and also the cultural and culinary offers are continuing to work well."

He also admitted however that 50 percent of the state were related to business meetings. Of these Austrians were the most common visitors will stop

The second busiest business visitor was from Germany representing 20 percent and then followed by Italian who were then followed by the Americans and the Swiss.

The city however does not want to rest on its laurels and is hoping to reach the million mark in particular with the help of the Genussspekatel and  Fronleichnam as well as in June the European Choir World Championships.

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