Germany’s Wintery Weather Attracted More Visitors This Year Than Ever
2015 starts with a boom, the number of overnight stays in Germany has increased by 7%April 15th, 2015
On Monday the 13th of April, figures showed that Germany’s tourism industry has sees a 7% rise in overnight stays in February this year compared to the same month last year. Considering February in Germany being a certainly cold month, perhaps the nation is truly booming and becoming an even more desirable tourist destination.
According to Travel and tourism Competitiveness Reports, Germany is rated one of the safest travel destinations in the world and is within the top ten travel destinations worldwide. Furthermore, over 30% of Germans holiday in their own country. Since the end of WWII, tourism has expanded greatly, as many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history and the diverse German landscape, not to mention its various national parks and remarkable architecture. Berlin, Munich and Hamburg are the nation's most visited cities.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to Germany’s GDP was 46.3 billion euros (1.7% of total GDP) in 2013, and is forecast to rise by 1.8% per year, from 2014-2024, to 57.1 billion euros (1.7% of total GDP) in 2024. In addition, the total contribution of travel and tourism for 2013 was GDP 129.9 billion euros. There are also employment, exports and investments contributions for Germany’s economy.
Although February may not exactly be the height of the holiday season, recent statistics released on Monday showed that the number of nights spent by foreign tourists in hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and camping sites across Germany went up by 11% to 4.9 million, according to the Federal Statistics Office. German travellers' stays increased by 6% to 20.2 million.
In addition to the 75 million overnight stays by foreign tourists last year, German tourists also spent 349 million nights away from home in their home nation. The German Hotel Association also revealed that the number of people offering accommodation via the internet site Airbnb in Berlin has increased by around 15% since June 2014.
It is widely agreed by industry experts that the positive development of travel and tourism in Germany will continue to prosper.