German tourism sector celebrates double digit growth in overnight stays in Germany by visitors from the UK and Ireland. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) announced the number of overnight stays that has seen yet another rise.
During the 12 month period of January – December last year, there was an increase of 7.4% in overnight stays by visitors from the UK compared to 2014. Visitors from Ireland registered an impressive 13% rise in overnight stays and figures just received for January 2016, indicate this trend shows no sign of abating: in January alone, overnight stays by visitors from the UK increased by 10.2 %, with a 10.8% rise for Ireland.
GNTB says that the reasons behind this continuing upward trend are: the sheer choice and variety of types of holidays to be found in Germany, value for money, fast modern infrastructure and easy access from the UK and Ireland. In addition, the amount and type of holiday products sold by Tour Operators increased in 2015, leading to greater choice and service.
Another factor is the German countryside; with the UK’s enduring passion for all things rural currently making the news, similarly as in Ireland, the GNTO is predicting that its ‘Holidays in the Heart of Nature’ campaign could be an extenuating factor for increased tourism in 2016. GNTO’s Director for UK and Ireland, Klaus Lohmann said: ‘it’s clear from the popularity of rural interest television shows, specialist publications and the media, that people in the UK and Ireland have a deep-seated love and respect for rural life – just as we do in Germany. Exploring rural and ‘green’ Germany will enable visitors to discover many fascinating regions and areas they may not previously have known, with picture-box villages, incredible landscapes and the chance to relax and get away from it all”.
Sporty types will not be disappointed: freeclimbing was invented in Germany and the many hiking and walking routes wind their way through different terrains and levels to suit all needs. With more than 200 long-distance cycle routes, cyclists are spoilt for choice, combining rural landscapes with urban discovery. The bracing coastline in the North offers a huge array of activities from windsurfing to sailing and kitesurfing, plus Germany’s 16 National Parks, more than 100 Nature Parks and 15 unique Biosphere Reserves provide wildlife enthusiasts with the chance to get close to nature, throughout the whole year.