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Germany counts increase in 2003

Petra Hedorfer, Chairman of the German National Tourist Board (DZT by its German initials), was pleased with …

Petra Hedorfer, Chairman of the German National Tourist Board (DZT by its German initials), was pleased with Germany`s inbound tourism performance in 2003. The number of overnight stays by international visitors increased 2.1 per cent to 37.7 million over the year – despite the difficulties experienced by the travel industry. She expects further growth this year of more than 2 per cent.



Most of the growth in 2003 came from Europe, which increased its share of the total by two percentage points. Most of the major markets increased, with the exception of the UK – which dropped 1 per cent, on top of a 4 percent fall in 2002.



Of the city destinations in Germany, Berlin pulled further ahead. The number of overnight stays in the capital increased 4 per cent, following a 6 per cent increase in 2002. It is now well ahead of Munich – which counted

3.1 million overnight stays compared with 3.4 million for Berlin. Bavaria remained the biggest state, counting 8.9 million overnight stays, up 2 per cent, compared with 6.0 million for North Rhine-Westphalia.



DZT expects to generate large volumes from traditional European markets with the focus on city breaks and health & fitness holidays. It believes Spain, Italy and Sweden in particular have special potential for growth.

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