Germany sees growth in inbound tourism in the first half of 2017


In the first half of 2017, incoming tourism in Germany grew strongly. The Federal Statistical Office, to the end of June, registered 36.7 million international overnight stays, 1.2 million more than in the same period of the previous year, a growth of 3%.

Global tourism is forecast to develop positively this year, with the world tourism organisation UNWTO predicting a potential growth of 3-4% for international arrivals worldwide and 2-3% for Europe.

Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer, German National Tourist Board (GNTB), said, “With a 3% growth in the first half of the year and over one million additional overnight stays, travel destination Germany is showing a very good half-year balance amongst the international competition. From this, it would appear that Germany as a destination is more popular than ever.”

As per latest analysis by Forward Keys, international flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% more than the previous year.