Austria is a Federal Republic with a parliamentary democracy and 9 independent Federal States, called Länder, which have the legislative and executive competencies for tourism affairs.
Tourism and leisure are horizontal issues embedded in a highly fragmented environment of competent authorities. According to Article 15 of the Federal Constitutional Act (B-VG, General Clause), Austria’s nine Federal Provinces have the legislative and executive competencies for tourism and leisure affairs.
Although the Federal Provinces have the legislative and executive competencies for tourism affairs, tourism is a cross-cutting sector, for which both federal and European laws apply.
ANTO is the national tourism marketing organisation. It is funded by the Ministry (more than 3/4) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. ANTO cooperates closely with the Austrian tourism industry, including the tourist boards of the Federal Provinces and tourism businesses.
The Ministry of Labour and Economy is responsible for the strategic use of budget funds to support activities in the tourism and leisure industry.