According to preliminary information from the Federal Statistical Office, 5.6 million overnight stays in accommodation properties of at least 10 beds were recorded in March, 2016 – an increase of nine percent year-over-year. In total, 15 million overnights by international travelers were documented during the first quarter of 2016 – seven percent more than during the first quarter in 2015.
Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), interprets the above numbers: “Due to this year’s early Easter holidays in March, a portion of the demand was moved from April into the first quarter. However, independent from this special situation, the demand for worldwide travels to Germany still exceeded our expectations. March, 2016 was also the 77th month in a row, in which the volume of international overnights in Germany increased.”
The number of overnights from Australia in March remained steady with the previous years’ figure, after a 1 percent growth in January and February. Overall, for the first quarter of 2016, the Australian market reached 101.062 overnight stays in Germany.