While France, Spain and Italy continue to lead the EU in total traveller numbers, they trail Germany's 96% growth rate with inbound arrivals that have grown 26%, 65% and 65%, respectively, over the last 10 years. The pace is expected to continue over the next four years with Germany forecast to see a 14% jump in inbound arrivals by 2023 to lead the growth forecast for France (12%), Spain (11%) and Italy (11%), according to data from Euromonitor International.
"International travellers to Europe have always flocked to the more traditional, popular destinations of France, Spain and Italy, but I believe we're seeing a shift in traveller preferences that favour a country like Germany for the mere fact that it's less explored. Today's traveller is in constant search for a different kind of experience and Germany represents that to them," says Clemens Fisch, Regional Manager - DACH at SiteMinder.
"Only 10 years ago, local hoteliers were competing for the 24 million travellers entering the country; this year it is estimated they will be competing for almost 40 million. The opportunity is big and hotels that aren't already capitalising on the surge in tourism need to seriously start now."
Today's findings from SiteMinder look at the makeup of travellers coming into Germany and the country's most visited cities. According to the report, 27 million travellers visit Germany for leisure purposes while 11 million visit for business. Couples make up the largest portion of travellers (35%) followed by families (22%). More than 1-in-10 travel solo.
Germany's top five international source markets in 2018 were the Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, UK and Austria.
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