Germany sets new tourist arrivals record

Germany sets new tourist arrivals record

Germany will set a new record in 2010 and generate more than 60 million overnight stays from foreign visitors for the first time. The new figures are a 3.5 million increase in overnights from 2008, making it the tourist board’s best year ever. The outcome, which has been forecast by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), is based on the latest numbers collected by the Federal Statistical Office. For the first three quarters, the statisticians calculated an increase in 11 percent for incoming tourism, in comparison with the same time last year, and an increase of 6.2 percent compared with 2008. Meanwhile, the incoming traffic from the United Kingdom into Germany has also been on the rise throughout the year. Nearly 3.2 million overnight stays from British travellers were recorded until September 2010, marking a significant increase of 14.8 percent in comparison to last year. “This past year has shown that we are competitive on a world stage,” said Klaus Lohmann, director of UK & Ireland for GNTB. “Big draws were the Passion Play in Oberammergau, 200 years Oktoberfest and certainly the RUHR.2010 (European Capital of Culture) with more than 2500 events and exhibitions taking place. The year to come promises more events, both innovative and traditional, and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to our country.

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