BERLIN, February 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Tourism and convention statistics 2015: Berlin is the engine for tourism in Germany
Berlin tourism has exceeded a new record: The State Statistical Office recorded more than 30 million overnight stays by visitors from around the world in 2015. In the last five years, the numbers have increased by 10 million from 20.8 to 30.25 million overnight stays. The share of overnight stays by German guests is the highest at nearly 55 per cent. The number of guests from abroad is also steadily increasing.
Berlin is becoming more attractive, especially abroad
With their stays in Berlin, international guests have a large share in the increase in numbers: Around 45 per cent of overnight stays come from international guests (German tourism in total: 17.8 per cent from abroad). More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of the overnight stays from foreign guests can be traced back to European visitors. At 1.5 million, most visitors come from the UK.
While Italy was the country with the most visitors to Berlin behind the UK last year, this year the US took second place among the markets of origin: More than one million overnight stays were generated by US guests - 17 per cent more than in 2014.
Countries outside of Europe are responsible for a share of around 30 per cent of the overnight stays. After the US, the most important markets for Berlin are Brazil and Canada. The growth champions from overseas come from Asia and the Middle East. Taiwan (45.1%), South Korea (34.7%) and the Arab Gulf states (30.3%) recorded particularly high growth rates.
Every sixth international overnight stay in Germany is allocated to Berlin
If you compare the international overnight stays in Berlin in 2015 (13.7 million) to tourism in Germany (79.7 million), every sixth hotel overnight stay by international visitors falls on a Berlin hotel bed. At 5.4 per cent, the overnight figures for Berlin are growing almost twice as fast as those of tourism in Germany (+3%).
visitBerlin / Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH