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German tourism growth gathers momentum in first half of 2015

German tourism growth gathers momentum in first half of 2015

The rise in incoming tourism in Germany continued to gain momentum in the first half of 2015, with an increase of 1.6 million additional overnight stays.

According to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, more than 34.4 million overnight stays by international visitors was recorded, during the period of January to June, in accommodation establishments with ten or more beds – an increase of five per cent compared to the same period in 2014. 

A strong result for the month of June (an increase of seven per cent compared to the previous year) has given the half-year results additional momentum.

Petra Hedorfer, chief executive, German National Tourist Board, regarding the latest figures: “Incoming Tourism to Germany continues to develop significantly, even after the record results for 2014. 

“Despite somewhat difficult economic conditions, Germany claimed an above average position in Europe.


“This reflects the findings of the recently released European Travel Commission Trend Report, showing that among the major European destinations, Germany showed the strongest growth during the first four months of 2015.”