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Bizarre advert for Austrian tourism is mocked

Bizarre advert for Austrian tourism telling British people ‘for every person you send to Vienna we’ll send one to London’ is mocked with Twitter users joking it ‘sounds like a hostage negotiation’

  • Advert telling Londoners to ‘travel to Vienna’ so Austrians will ‘be sent to the UK’ has been mocked with many joking it ‘sounds like a threat’ or ‘hostage situation’
  • Reads: ‘more UK tourists come to Vienna, more Viennese will be sent to the UK’
  • Quickly met with dozens of witty replies, including one person who said: ‘I read it as some kind of threat’

A bizarre advert telling Londoners to ‘travel to Vienna’ so Austrians will ‘be sent to the UK’ has been mocked online.

Twitter users branded the advert – for a scheme promoting travel throughout Europe – as a  ‘hostage negotiation’ and a ‘threat’.

The ad for unitedcities reads: ‘The more UK tourists come to Vienna, the more Viennese will be sent to the UK’.

A picture was taken by author Ian Leslie who simply wrote: ‘I don’t get it’.

A bizarre advert telling Londoners to 'travel to Vienna' so Austrians will 'be sent to the UK' has been mocked online.

A bizarre advert telling Londoners to ‘travel to Vienna’ so Austrians will ‘be sent to the UK’ has been mocked online.

It was quickly met with dozens of witty replies, including one person who said: ‘I have an image of furious Viennese being dragged away from the cafes where they are enjoying coffee and cake and frog-marched onto Ryanair flights to Stansted.’

Another added: ‘I read it as some kind of threat’

A third joked: ‘We’re really flexing our second strike capabilities here. If a British person touches ground in Vienna, we will not hesitate to retaliate and dispatch tactical tourists to London. 

The confusing advert is actually for United Cities for Vienna, a programme supporting tourism in Europe after the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was quickly met with dozens of witty replies, including one person who said: 'I have an image of furious Viennese being dragged away from the cafes where they are enjoying coffee and cake and frog-marched onto Ryanair flights to Stansted.'

It was quickly met with dozens of witty replies, including one person who said: ‘I have an image of furious Viennese being dragged away from the cafes where they are enjoying coffee and cake and frog-marched onto Ryanair flights to Stansted.’

The United Cities of Tourism initiative teamed up with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Austrian Airlines, Vienna will send one Viennese person to a city in Europe for every 100 people from that city that go to Vienna. 

Their website reads: ‘The more guests that travel to the Austrian capital from your city between May 1 and June 30, 2022, the more Viennese we will send your way in return.

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has had a lasting effect on travel in Europe. Entire countries went into lockdown. 

The United Cities of Tourism initiative teamed up with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Austrian Airlines, Vienna will send one Viennese person to a city in Europe for every 100 people from that city that go to Vienna.

The United Cities of Tourism initiative teamed up with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Austrian Airlines, Vienna will send one Viennese person to a city in Europe for every 100 people from that city that go to Vienna.

‘Borders were closed. The tourism industry and all of the institutions associated with it, from culture to hospitality, continue to suffer the financial fallout. 

‘And it is not just geographical borders that went up, but psychological ones, too. 

‘Slowly but surely, solidarity and intercultural exchange across national borders started to dry up. Normally bustling cities were transformed into ghost towns. The European idea? Sealed off behind closed doors.

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