Why choose skiAustria Tours?
That's very simple ... skiAustria Tours have been around since 1995 (initially as Austrian Getaways) and the fact that we have full time offices in both South Africa and Austria (throughout the year). This ensures that we are able to offer you the most competitive pricing available in South Africa for the widest selection of Austrian ski resort.
We are a Wholesale Tour Operator which means that we source on the ground level and put all the elements of an enjoyable ski trip together - no hidden costs or strange surprises. We arrange from airport Meet & Greet, transfer to and from the resort, accommodation, ski hire, lift passes, even ski lessons and limited entertainment in a wide selection of resorts in Austria. We do not offer the kind of hand held holiday where a rep blows a whistle at 5pm every day and ushers everyone off to go and do some group activity ... Rather we offer the clients the freedom to select what they want to do, and when on their holiday. We select our resorts with care and offer an all inclusive holiday that few forget - see our client feedback page !
In addition we include, as standard in our packages, a 24 hour Help Line in Austria to further assist our network of representatives in the resorts should any eventuality occur.
If you have any queries whatsoever, please feel free to send us an email off our Contact us page - no matter how silly you think the question may be!
Who are these guys making waves in the outbound skiing market?
Rest easy - here's some background into the two business partners of skiAustria, Michaela Meiser and Thomas Altmann, their experience and their know-how.
The tour operator Austrian Getaways started organising Ski trips for Austrian Airlines exclusively from 1991 - 1995. In 1995 the company was formally incorporated as a Close Corporation trading as Austrian Getaways. The initial focus was on the Groups and Incentive market working hand in hand with Austrian Airlines.
Since 2000, Austrian Getaways formed an alliance with an online travel group iTravelto.com to form the outbound Tour Operator skiAustria Tours - operating with an online travel web site for skiing enthusiasts wanting to enjoy skiing holidays in Austria. The focus of the business was to establish itself on the Internet by providing the largest and most detailed web site and online resource centre for ski resorts / holidays in Austria.
Most importantly, both partners in the business are Austrian (and / or born in Austria) and have an in-depth knowledge of almost all resorts. Michaela has a Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management, Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg, where she graduated in 1986. Subsequently she worked in the Hotel industry in Austria and also in winter ski resorts. This gives her a vast experience on matter skiing, hospitality and holidays.
Thomas, on the other hand, was born in Austria and has been living in SA for most of his life. A Marketing and Sales graduate of 1990, he spent a total of 8 yeas in the hospitality industry in South Africa and abroad, managing restaurants and working in resorts. In 1995 the Internet bug bit and while running a Property Marketing company, he developed his Internet knowledge and web sites. The travel background stems from developing iTravelto.com for a larger Travel company, which he eventually took over in 1999. Currently, Thomas runs the South African operation of skiAustria Tours.
Michaela and Thomas realised that the Internet was the way to go and using it effectively means that producing colour brochures and employing sales teams is not only outdated but also expensive. These costs have to be covered somewhere.... naturally in the package price.
The attention to detail, extremly high level of service, direct contacts in Austria and excellent price structures are cornerstones that have put skiAustria Tours on the outbound Tour Operator map.