German incoming tourism continues to show steady growth rates.
From January to September, according to preliminary figures from the Germany federal statistical office, 65.3 million international overnight stays were registered (in accommodation establishments with at least ten beds).
This represents an increase of four per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Petra Hedorfer, chief executive of the German National Tourist Board, explained: “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 per cent, 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”.
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 eight per cent in international arrivals in Europe at the end of August, compared to the two per cent increase last year.
For the current year, UNWTO, the world tourism organisation, has confirmed its forecast of three to four per cent growth in international arrivals worldwide and a two to three per cent growth for Europe.