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Germany: Europe's favourite holiday spot

The Local · 4 Mar 2013, 14:10

Published: 04 Mar 2013 14:10 GMT+01:00

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Holidaymakers in 2012 clocked up 407.3 million overnight stays in Germany's accommodation options, putting the country ahead of Spain with 383.7 million stays and Italy, with 376.6 million.

Totted up by the German Tourism Association (DVT), the figures also suggested that the country's hotels, B&Bs and camping sites were receiving more visitors than before. In 2012, there was an increase of 3.6 percent, or 14 million more stays, compared with 2011.

Meanwhile the number of people holidaying in Spain dropped by 1.6 percent, though the country remained the second highest in Europe. The drop even sharper in Italy, with a 3.1 percent fewer stays.

The reason behind Germany's good result was partly down to an increase in Germans staying in their own country to go on holiday – domestic tourism rose by 2.7 percent between 2011 and 2012, while the number of tourists coming from abroad rose by 8.1 percent between 2011 and 2012.

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16:37 March 4, 2013 by yllusion
Maybe it is related to the number of people coming to have a look on job opportunities.
18:06 March 4, 2013 by iseedaftpeople
>The reason behind Germany's good result was partly down to an increase in Germans staying in their own country to go on holiday

I am not sure domestic vacations spent by citizens of that country should count. I think it is by far more interesting which countries are frequented the most by foreign holidaymakers, because it is indicative of that country's overall popularity abroad.

And I have a pretty strong feeling Germany is not really a hit with as many foreign tourists as you see going to Spain and the Mediterranean.

This whole article smecks of a reworked German tourism board press release, TheLocal! I still hope you're better than that.
18:31 March 4, 2013 by Istabraq
This would corrospond with falling German tourism outside of Germany. All depends on what spin is put on a story. I imagine there are less German towels being thrown on the beach these last few years.
09:27 March 5, 2013 by Firmino
Yeah, it makes no sense to me to count German citizens! As the biggest country in Europe it means its population will have a much bigger impact than that of smaller countries.
08:34 March 6, 2013 by murka
@Firmino: I am glad somebody paid attention to this obvious flaw. Totally pointless stats, nothing more than a PR bs.
11:07 March 6, 2013 by Istabraq
@Firmino and murka

Agreed. One would have to wonder why such PR bs is being published on a daily basis. Each day a new article painting a rosy picture which is obviously flawed when one thinks about it.
11:05 March 7, 2013 by rugbycoach
Surely there are more interesting and informative news articles in Germany than this dross full non story?
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