Vienna Calling: 2023 Rail Tourism Award Winners to be unveiled at the World Passenger Festival

The European Travel Commission (ETC) and Eurail are excited to announce that they will present the winners of the third Rail Tourism Awards during the ‘Austrian Night’ welcome reception of the World Passenger Festival in Vienna, hosted by ÖBB Austrian Federal Railways and Wiener Linien, on the 3rd of October.

First launched in 2021, the awards recognise excellent marketing campaigns encouraging travellers to explore Europe by rail. This year, ETC and Eurail received over 30 entries from tourism organisations, marketing agencies, rail operators and other entities operating in Europe’s tourism sector, all showcasing their best campaigns celebrating the excitement, freedom and sustainability of travelling by train. The winners have been selected by an expert jury panel, comprised of leading professionals in tourism, rail and marketing, who have judged each submission on its relevance, centrality of rail, creativity and impact.

The awards ceremony will take place at the World Passenger Festival in Vienna. This unique annual event invites global public transport operators to share ideas about technologies, strategies and opportunities to promote public and shared transport usage.

The Rail Tourism Awards will be presented during the welcome reception, entitled ‘Austrian Night.’  This exciting evening will kick off the festival, gathering its top European and international participants and guests. Among the speakers of the night will be the Austrian State Secretary for Tourism, Susanne Kraus-Winkler, Executive City Councillor for Finance, Economics, Labour, International Affairs and Vienna Public Utilities, Peter Hanke, and CEO of the Austrian National Tourist Office (ANTO), Astrid Steharnig-Staudinger.

As well as being presented at the World Passenger Festival, the winning entries will be showcased on the Rail Tourism Awards website after the event.

The 2023 edition of the ‘Rail Tourism Award’ is organised with the support of the Austrian National Tourist Office (ANTO).