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The attraction of traditional alpine folk music is proving big business for Oberwart after it was announced that the New Year edition of the traditional folk music Festival "Silvesterstadl" will be filmed there.

Tickets for the event have been sold out for months for fans of the scene who are expected to turn up in traditional dirndl dresses for the women and lederhosen for men.

Local hotels are completely booked out catering with the large numbers expected to arrive for the live broadcast.

Just the 160 people involved in the broadcast, which is seen by millions around the world has involved 1,000 overnight bookings. But there have also been hundreds of tourists and in Bad Tatzmannsdorf there are reportedly no free beds available – according to tourism director tourismus director Dietmar Lindau.

The crew and equipment for the stage, lighting and recording equipment will be arriving in 40 containers and building work is due to start on Tuesday. In total, 3,500 tickets were sold out within days of being available. There are, however, still some tickets for the preview on 30th December.

"The effect of hosting an event like this is however more than just the immediate visitors – it is also the fact that it makes our region far more famous when pictures from Burgenland broadcast outside of the province not just around Austria but also in Switzerland and Germany. That has an enormous promotional value and is great for our image," he said.

The "Silvesterstadl" bookings have not just been made locally, but also as far away as the Güssing - Stegersbach region, according to tourism manager Harald Popofsitz.

The requests for tickets and rooms started in summer in particular from guests outside of Austria in the German-speaking alpine regions.

The "Silvesterstadl" is taking place at the congress centre in Oberwart where local manager Christian Reiter also welcome the opportunities to promote their services.

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