Hamburg has recorded a 9.3% rise in visitors this year, according to figures published by the North German office of statistics. The number of overnight stays in the city is said to have increased 10.7% to 2.7 million and it is estimated it will surpass a record-breaking 10 million overnight stays in 2011. Overseas overnight stays in the city increased 17.7% during the January-April period compared to last year, with the UK as a forefront market. The tourism board has attributed the rise to Hamburg’s European Green Capital 2011 title. “This award attracts even more attention for Hamburg as an international destination,” said Dietrich von Albedyll, head of tourism at Hamburg. “More and more people come to Hamburg, seeking to explore its green side and to experience the unique quality of living in this waterside metropolis”.