“Vienna has experienced continuous growth from the Australian market,” Austrian National Tourist Office director Astrid Mulholland-Licht said. The Sydney Opera House welcomed trade partners and special guests on 13 November for the commemorative concert which was co-hosted by the Orchestra’s principal partner, Emirates. Check out ETB News’ Facebook Photo Gallery for more images. Vienna has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for outbound travellers, luring approximately 44 percent of all Australian visitors to Austria in 2012. “Vienna is often referred to as the ‘World Capital of Music’ and our partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra provides many wonderful occasions to shine the light on Vienna.” A range of new and innovative accommodations, world heritage-listed coffee houses, state opera live streams, Spanish riding school shows and Vienna music festivals are just some of the options available for visitors to Vienna. For the first nine months of 2013, visitor numbers from Australia have increased 2 percent and total bed nights have risen 2.5 percent, compared to the same period in 2012. Source = ETB News: P.T. 149,000 Australians visited Vienna last year (+11.2 percent year-on-year), accounting for 12.3 million bed nights (+7.5 percent year-on-year). The original Sacher-Torte chocolate cake was flown in especially for the occasion, direct from the Hotel Sacher Vienna, recognised as the world’s most famous cake since 1832. Viennese classical composition was the inspiration behind a celebratory farewell performance by outgoing Sydney Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy earlier this week. The Austrian National Tourist Office in conjunction with the Vienna Tourist Board and Salzburg City Tourist Office treated guests to an afternoon of coffee and cakes at the Sydney Opera House.