An increasingly popular tourist destination in Germany, the number of guest nights spent by domestic and foreign tourists has increased significantly in the first half of this year, according to a report from the Federal Bureau of Statistics (Destatis) on Thursday.
During the first six months of the year, 222.4 million overnight stays at commercial hotels were recorded, an increase of 3.8 percent from a year earlier.
Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 3 percent to 39.8 million and domestic overnight stays by 4 percent to 182.6 million, according to Destatis, which aggregates data on hotels with a minimum of ten beds.
The end of the study period, June, is the first month of the tourist season. At that time, 50.7 million guest nights were registered, an increase of 9.7 percent year-over-year.
The data indicate that more and more Germans are on holiday in their country; Domestic tourists spent 11.1 percent on guest nights in June, up from 42.4 million in the previous year. Overseas guests spent 8.3 million nights in hotels in June, an increase of 3.3 percent.
Germany has around 44,000 commercial accommodation and 180,000 catering establishments, according to statistics from the national hotel and catering association (Dehoga). About 2.36 million people work together in tourism and gastronomy. The sector’s turnover was EUR 89.7 billion (HUF 29,150 billion) last year, an increase of 3.5 percent compared to the previous year.