Austria veil ban has tourist bosses 'very worried', says journalist

'Publicly, the veil ban in Austria is a non-issue', says Austrian journalist

Austria has introduced a ban on the full-face veil

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tourist bosses in Austria are extremely concerned by the country's ban on full-face veils, according to the editor of an English-language news site dedicated to the country.

The Austrian government has banned full-face veils in public building such as courts and schools. These measures have been seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, which lost narrowly in the Austrian presidential elections. 

Rosie Waites, editor of the Austrian branch of The Local, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Government "are trying to avert snap elections [with this ban] because there’s a challenge against them."

Although she believes that "publically it’s a bit of a non-issue because there are maybe 150 women who are estimated to wear the full burka." However she added that that tourism officials are "very worried" about the effect the ban will have on Austria's international brand and reputation.

Waites added: “Women’s groups and Muslim groups are not happy about the planned ban, because they say it will marginalise women who do wear the burka."

Listen to the full interview above