Bookings boom to Germany post World Cup

The World Cup has inspired more Brits to take city breaks to Germany than

  ever before according to online hotel booking specialists, Hotelopia, who

  reports record   bookings to German destinations following the World Cup

  final on July 9th.

  Hotel bookings to German cities made on   have


  increased by 26% between 10th July to 31st September 2006, compared to

  bookings made for the same period in 2005.


  The increase in bookings to Germany boosted the country to the 6th most

  visited on, (a move of five places from the same period

  in 2005),  while Berlin,  Munich and Frankfurt rank as Germany’s most

  popular cities for hotel bookings.


  Sotiris Damianos,  director of sales &  marketing at Hotelopia said:

  “Germany has never historically been a key destination for British

  travellers but the coverage of the World Cup has really inspired more

  people to take weekend breaks to the country.”


  “We started to notice a rise in bookings to Germany for the period prior

  to the World Cup.  Now travellers are taking advantage of cheaper hotel

  rooms and special rates on offer following the end of the World Cup.”


  In addition,  bookings to UK city destinations have increased by 19% on

  Hotelopia«s German website for the period during the

  World Cup (24 June and 9 July 2006) as more Germans than ever before are

  taking breaks in the UK with London, Edinburgh and Newcastle topping the

  table of preferred cities for booking hotel accommodation.


  Hotelopia currently sells from over 20,000 hotels in 900 destinations,

  and offers a massive range of hotels to book from budget to five star.


  Current hotel deals available to book on Hotelopia for dates from the

  10th July (the day after the World Cup final) include: