With a surge in interest in ‘dark tourism’ sweeping the travel industry, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here visits Prora, on the holiday island of Rügen in the north-east of Germany to discover more about its disturbing past
Eurowings will begin its new, non-stop service between New York and Düsseldorf, Germany, on April 28th. Europe’s fastest-growing airline, and a Lufthansa Group subsidiary, operates long-haul flights from its Düsseldorf and Munich hubs, where it offers connections to other destinations throughout Europe.
Flybe has announced it will operate a new Saturday service to Dusseldorf from Jersey during peak summer. The route will launch on April 29th and will operate until September 30th, maintaining the connection between the two destinations.
Eight people have been killed and as many as 100 injured following the head on collision of two passenger trains in Germany. Up to 40 of those injured are believed to be in a critical condition following the accident near Bad Aibling, a spa town approximately 40 miles south-east of Munich, Bavaria.
At the end of the third quarter 2015, the German National Tourist Board was able to look back at yet another record result for the German incoming tourism. Overall, the Federal Statistical Office registered 62 million international overnight stays in accommodation facilities of at least 10 beds between January and September, 2015 – 5.3 per cent more than during the same period the year before.
Between January and April 2015, almost 20 million overnight stays were generated in Germany by international visitors, according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office. That’s 800,000 more overnights than in the same period the year prior – a total increase of 4.3 percent. The figure includes accommodation providers with ten or more beds as well as camp grounds.
Over 800 leading German tourism players, who between them have a consumer base in the region of six to eight million travellers, were in the UAE capital over the National Weekend holiday for the 64th Annual Congress of the German Travel Association. The meeting, which took place at the five-star The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort with social events at key Abu Dhabi hospitality destinations, was co-hosted by Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Autograph Collection will debut in Germany later this year with the opening of the 87-room Hotel am Steinplatz in Berlin. The 100 year old property, which will re-open following an extensive renovation, joins a number of Autograph Collection properties currently scheduled to open in Europe this year.
The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) has signed the Private Sector Commitment to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, joining the growing number of private sector companies and associations which have pledged to the principles of the Code.