ITB Berlin, 8th March 2016 – with 79.7 million international overnight stays recorded in 2015, incoming tourism for Germany has registered its sixth record-breaking result in a row. According to the latest information from the Federal Statistical Office, the amount of international overnight stays in accommodation properties of at least 10 beds, showed an extra 4.1 million overnight stays in 2015 compared with the same period in 2014 – an increase of 5.4 percent.
Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), explains: “The balance sheet for 2015 exceeds our own expectations and the predictions of the UNWTO, which had anticipated a worldwide growth of 3 – 4 percent for international tourism. Even compared to the other big European destinations, Germany is scoring as a growth generator.”
Europe remains most important Source Market
European countries represent 73.4 percent of the total of international overnight stays in Germany. With an increase of 2.1 million overnights – 50 percent of the total growth – these source markets have made the biggest contribution: Spain leads with 517,000 additional overnight stays, followed by Switzerland (a rise of 492,000), then the United Kingdom (382,000) and the Netherlands (which showed an increase of 176,000).
Continuing dynamic development from the overseas markets
Growth rankings in overseas markets show China in 1st place with 505,000 additional overnights compared to the previous year, followed by the USA with an increase of 439,000 overnights, followed by the Arab Gulf States (an increase of 330,000). The Australian market is showing an increase of 3.7 percent year-over-year growth with 757,897 overnight stays between Jan-Dec 2015.
Cautious optimism for 2016
A range of uncertainties greet the expectations at the beginning of 2016. The security situation in Europe and the world, the development of the refugee situation and the circumstances of the world economy could affect consumer travel behaviour. Considering these factors, a growth rate of 1 – 3 percent would seem realistic for 2016.