German Tourism Numbers On Track To Reach A Record High Before the End of 2012

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Are you planning on visiting Germany before the end of the year?  If so, you may be contributing to a new record in Germany.  By the end of this year, Germany is on track to log 400 million over night visitors for the first time in the country’s history according to the German Tourism Association.

This is part of a multiyear trend that doesn’t show signs of slowing anytime soon, and these numbers also show that it’s not just foreigners spending nights away from home.  Throughout the first 9 months of the year, overnight stays at hotels, camping grounds, and guest houses rose by 4 percent with 320 registered stays.  266 million of those overnighters were Germans and the remaining 54 million were visitors from outside of the country.

Whether the visitors are local or from areas thousands of miles away, Germany’s most populated cities seem to be drawing the most interest from visitors instead of the more remote locations.  So far this year, Berlin and Hamburg are the two cities seeing the largest growth in overnight visitors.

On your next trip to Germany, will you be spending your time in the major cities, or will you be venturing off into the towns less traveled?  Let us know your plans by leaving a comment.



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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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