Highlights

Excellent first quarter for Germany’s incoming tourism

New York City – According to preliminary information from the Federal Statistical Office, 5.6 million overnight stays in accommodation properties of at least 10 beds were recorded in March, 2016 – an increase of nine percent year-over-year. In total, 15 million overnights by international travelers were documented during the first quarter of 2016 – seven percent more than during the first quarter in 2015.

Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB), interprets the above numbers: “Due to this year’s early Easter holidays in March, a portion of the demand was moved from April into the first quarter. However, independent from this special situation, the demand for worldwide travels to Germany still exceeded our expectations. March, 2016 was also the 77th month in a row, in which the volume of international overnights in Germany increased.”

The growth in overnights from the United States in March slowed a little and, after double digit increases in January and February, were at 375,000, a plus of 1.9 percent year-over-year. Overall, for the first quarter of 2016, 9.6 percent more overnights by U.S. travelers were recorded than during the same period last year.