Tourists love Germany: 65 million nights worth
Tourists love Germany, To the end of the third quarter of 2017, German incoming tourism continues to show steady growth rates. From January to September, according to preliminary figures from Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, 65.3 million international overnight stays were registered (in accommodation establishments with at least ten beds) – a 4% increase compared to the same period in the previous year.
Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Office of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), explains: “Both in the first half of the year and in the summer season, the Incoming has clearly once more gained dynamic momentum: from January to September 2016 the increase in international overnights remained high at 1.6 %, but we will generate twice as much growth this year. This confirms Germany’s excellent position as a travel destination both for business travel and as a holiday destination”.
Interim Results Confirm Previous Forecast in the International marketplace
With stronger growth compared to the same period for the previous year, German incoming tourism is clearly part of the dynamic development of global tourism. The latest figures from the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer show an increase of 8% in international arrivals in Europe at the end of August, compared to the 2% increase last year.
For the current year, UNWTO, the world tourism organisation, has confirmed its forecast of 3-4 % growth in international arrivals worldwide and a 2-3% % growth for Europe.
IPK International Confirms High Demand for Holiday Destination Germany
According to the latest surveys by market research company IPK International, the trend towards holiday-driven travel from Europe to Germany has strengthened further and shows a very positive development (+6%) in the first eight months of 2017. Particularly significant is that not only have short breaks shown dynamic growth (6%) , but also longer holiday travel (more than 4 nights) registered an increase of 5%. Within holiday travel generally, city breaks continue to boom with an impressive increase of 18% .
In an evaluation of Countries of Origin by IPK confirms the particularly dynamic development of tourism from Russia, which, with an increase of 25 % sees it back in the circle of the important European source markets established for Germany tourism.