The number of tourists visiting Berln is constantly rising
In the first six months of 2012, around 12 million tourist visited Berlin. The Hotels recorded 11,3 Million overnight stays. This was reported by the Tourism Association Visit Berlin on Friday.”the growth is way above our expectation” said Visit Boss Burkhard Kieker. The strong influx of foreign visitors is still striking where a plus of 13% was noted. Meanwhile 41 percent of the Berlin-visitors come from abroad compared to 10 years before when it was 26 percent. Countries facing financial crisis showed no slump; The number of Italians in the first six months rose to 13,6 percent and that of Spaniards to 6,7 percent.
Both countries traditionally belong to the most important countries of origin. There were 15 percent more visitors from the USA and 19 percent from France. Kieker named the foreign tourists “striking growth drivers” who were not scared off by the reports about tourists haters. The opposite is actually happening “that makes Berlin more interesting”, said Visit Berlin spokeswoman Katharina Dreger. The Statistical Office stated that no state has so far reported a recession in the number of visitors. In 2008, where there was a heavy Bank crisis a drastic fall was noted, the number of US tourists collapsed to around 14 percent.
Compared to other European countries, Berlin holds the third position.London is the unchallenged leader with 46 million overnight stays followed by Paris with 37 Million. However, Paris reported a minus of 6 percent and Paris experienced only a 3 percent plus. Some years ago the Capital City of Germany had displaced Rome from the third position. If the success follows in the second quarter, around 25 Million overnight stays could be reached.the interesting Months are still coming” said the spokeswoman, traditionally the visitors come in the months of June until October. Every fourth overnight stay is generated from business congresses. There were 58 000 events with 4,5 Million participants in the first six months. Berlin is currently the fourth congress city internationally and heads with medicine congresses.