Germany records growth in number of UK stays

Germany has recorded a 5.9% rise in the number of overnight stays by UK visitors as it celebrates the 28th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The new figures from the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) refers to August 2017 against the same month last year.

It means the UK is the third highest source market for visitors to Germany in Europe.

Overnight stays were up 3.3% in Bavaria, 4.2% in Bremen, 5% in Hamburg , 8.2% in Hesse, 4.8% in Saxony 4.5% in Saxony—Anhalt. The city of Leipzig showed an increase of 31.8% in overnight stays for August against last year.

German incoming tourism has seen an upward trend ever since its reunification after the wall came down on November 9, 1989. In 2016, Germany registered more than 80 million overnight stays by international visitors for the first time – the seventh consecutive year it achieved its record number.

Beatrix Haun, director, GNTO UK and Ireland said: “The UK is the 3rd most important source market for Germany in Europe and 4th worldwide. Germany is the No. 1 Cultural Destination for Europeans and the British, in particular, travel to Germany for its culture, but also for its young, vibrant cities. We are delighted to be welcoming even more visitors from the UK and Ireland and predict further rises for 2017, especially as we move into the Christmas market season”.

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