Germany’s Federal Statistical Office announced that almost 20 million overnight stays were generated in Germany by international visitors between January and April 2015. It also includes accommodation providers with 10 or more beds as well as camp grounds. It is 800,000 more overnights than in the same period the year prior – a total increase of 4.2 percent.
The numbers for the U.K. market were even better: a total of 1,400,847 overnights were recorded for this time period, representing an increase of 6.7 percent year-on-year.
The 10 most important European markets for German incoming tourism remain almost unchanged: The Netherlands continue to be Destinations Germany’s most important source market, maintaining their 2014 level with 2.2 million overnights through April. Swiss travelers to Germany continue to benefit from the strong Swiss Francs compared with the Euro, helping them achieve a plus of 10.3 percent. Disproportionately strong growth was generated by travelers from Great Britain (plus 6.7 percent), Italy (plus 5.1 percent), Poland (plus 4.6 percent) and Spain (plus 8.0 percent). With a significant decrease of 31.6 percent, Russia drops back to eleventh place amongst the European source markets for Germany’s incoming tourism.
The U.K is now Germany’s third most important source market, behind only the Netherlands and Switzerland, but ahead of regions such as the US. For the month of April 2015 alone, the UK showed an above average performance with an increase of 6.0 percent.
Overseas markets in total generated an increase of 10.4 percent in overnights for Destination Germany. The region with the highest growth rate for international trips to Germany is Asia: 2.5 million overnights, an increase of 12 percent, was counted by the Federal Statistical Office for this region in the first four months of 2015. Especially China is confirming its top position with an excellent increase of 20.5 percent, totalling 617,000 overnights, followed by the Arab Gulf States (plus 12.8 percent to 445,000 overnights). Japan secured third place with 330,000 overnights.
South America is also an important source market for Destination Germany, with Brazil in first place for this region, generating an increase of 11.3 percent. The remaining South American countries grew by 13 percent in terms of their Germany incoming numbers.
Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) said, “We see a continuous increase in the popularity of Germany as a travel destination. In each of the first four months of the year, we were able to improve on the previous year’s numbers. Especially the emerging Asian markets, such as China, have been strengthening the German incoming numbers significantly. In addition, South American countries – particularly Brazil as the most important incoming market for Germany from this region – recorded double digit growth.”