New overnight record: Germany attracts more and more tourists

              Friday, October 11, 2019

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with its lakes and coasts is the most popular travel destination per inhabitant.
(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)

              Germany has been setting new overnight records for ten years. People from abroad, but also from Germany itself, are attracted to German forests, dunes and cities. Tourism is growing strongly, especially in the West, but the East has two aces in the hindquarters.
              Tourism in Germany has set a new overnight record for this month in August. The number of overnight stays in the larger accommodation providers, at 57.9 million, was 3.4 percent higher than in August 2018, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Foreign visitors recorded an increase of just under one percent to 10.7 million, while the number of overnight stays by domestic travelers increased by four percent to 47.2 million within one year. The German tourism industry is thus heading for the tenth consecutive record year: In the eight months from January through to August 2019, the number of overnight stays was 3.8 per cent up on the previous year at 338.9 million. The Wiesbaden statisticians consider accommodation establishments with at least ten beds. Most tourists regularly visit Bavaria, where they sleep almost twice as many people as Baden-Württemberg in second place. In Berlin, a total of just over 900 square kilometers spread over the year, a good 13 million visitors, bringing more than 30 million overnight stays to book. Thus, the capital has the highest visitor density in Germany and is pretty much alone. Especially in the immediate vicinity, the so-called new federal states, tourism has been developing more slowly since 2008 than in the west. While overnight stays there rose by 29 percent from 2008 to 2018, they only increased by 18 percent in the new federal states, apart from Berlin. There, the overnight numbers grew by 85 percent. With 19 overnight stays per inhabitant, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the most popular travel destination in terms of population.

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