Incoming Tourism January to December 2017 Excellent Annual Result Expected
The German National Tourist Board (DZT) reports the eighth record result for the year 2017. From January to December, according to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, 83.9 million international overnight stays were registered by accommodation providers with at least ten beds – 4 percent more than in the same period last year. Petra Hedorfer, chairman of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), explains, “In a very competitive environment, we were able to grow dynamically again throughout 2017.
We have further expanded our leading position as a business travel destination, as a trade fair location and convention destination. What’s more, Germany is also booming on the international market as a holiday destination. With its excellent brand positioning, Germany is recommended for foreign guests as a real alternative to other established holiday destinations. ‘Germany simply inspiring’”.
Australia has achieved a fantastic result with 711,515 overnights from January to November 2017 which represents a growth of 3.6 percent. The full year figures for 2017 will be released shortly.
Incoming Tourism major Economic Factor
According to the DIW (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, German Institute for Economic Research), tourism accounts for 3.9 percent of the GDP – more than mechanical engineering or retail trade. Foreign overnight guests generated around 37 billion Euros, almost 30 percent of all consumer spending by tourists in Germany.