Wednesday, 23. April 2014 - 18:04
03. 03. 12. - 12:00
This weekend will be the last chance to enjoy the Vienna iceskating rink outside the Rathaus (City Hall) as warm temperatures mean it is set to be closed from Monday.
The Wiener Eistraum last year managed to attract 510,000 visitors to the 7,000 square metre ice skating rink including a one kilometre path through the nearby park.
A study by the Vienna economics University indicated that the popular attraction injected an extra 22 million euros into the local economy matched against the 1.6 million Euro cost of the event.
A quarter of the cost of the ice rink – 390,000 euros – is paid by the city of Vienna which estimates that around 6 million euros come from Austrian visitors to the capital who gave the main reason for the visit as a desire to visit the ice rink.
The other three quarters of the cost is provided by sponsors, entry fees and the rental of spaces for people providing food and drink to the guests - and the hiring of skates.
The preparation and related services involved with the ice rink also provides for around about 380 full-time jobs through the year.
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