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Tourism in Germany is Growing Faster Than Forecasted

News Germany’s tourism industry is performing better than expected - the country’s incoming tourism is growing faster than the worldwide average - +3.5% vs. +3.7%. The increase in the number of tourists from other European countries is even bigger – up 4%. This result is significantly higher than the European average of 2.5%.

Incoming tourism to Germany added 3.3% in June. Hotels in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, and other German cities enjoyed a significant number of foreign guests who spent 39.8 million nights in hotels with more than 10 beds from January to June 2019. This is 3% more than during the same period a year ago, which is equivalent to 1.2 million more nights.

It is not a secret that Europe is an incredibly competitive tourism market as the region is full of popular destinations and internationally acclaimed landmarks. Nevertheless, Germany manages to perform well in these challenging conditions. The increase in flight bookings is one more thing worth considering. It only proves the growing popularity of this European country – flight bookings by overseas guests are 4.7% up during the first half of 2019 if compared to the same period a year ago. Moreover, people do not pick Germany by chance or because they cannot book hotels and flight tickets in other countries. Travelers actually plan their vacations to Germany, and the increase in advance bookings (bookings made at least 120 days before the actual travel) of 11% only proves that.

Airports in different German cities set new records in the first half of 2019. For example, Munich Airport welcomed 22.7 million air passengers, which is a new record. Intercontinental visitors are mostly responsible for this increase – this group grew by more than 10%. German hotels are also enjoying the growing trend of vacations in Germany. The average RevPAR of German hotels is 4%, which is higher than the European average of 3.3%.

Hotels in Munich, Dusseldorf, Bodensee, Rostock, and other “German Summer Cities” particularly benefit from this trend. Of course, new attractions also contribute to success. For example, Europa-Park opened several new attractions this year, such as Krønasår – The Museum-Hotel and the reopening of the Scandinavian themed area. Currently, the following countries make up the Top 5 source markets for tourism in Germany: the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, and Australia. All of these countries featured a growth of more than 5% during the first half of the year.


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