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The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) reports that Germany set another tourism record in the third quarter of 2015. According to the Federal Statistical Office, there were 62 million international overnight stays between January and September 2015, representing a record high and a 5.3 percent increase from the same period last year.
In the summer months of June, July and August alone, German incoming numbers, at 35 million, were 6.7 percent higher compared with the 2014 high season. The U.S. reported an above average growth of 7.7 percent year-over year from January through September.
Emerging Inbound Tourism Markets
The Asia-Pacific region generated almost one third of the additional 3.1 million overnights through the end of September, an increase of 14.4 percent. China (up 28 percent) and the Arab Gulf States (up 19 percent) in particular set a strong course, but also South Korea (up 18 percent), Taiwan (up 29 percent) and India (up nine percent).
Meanwhile, South America’s most important source market, Brazil, recorded an increase of seven percent.
High growth rates were also announced by some of the high-potential markets in Southeast Europe, the GNTB said: The Czech Republic (up 9.5 percent to 822,000 overnights), Romania (up 10.3 percent to 596,000), Turkey (up 15.1 percent to 550,000) and Croatia (up 47 percent to 213,000).
Germany's Top 10 Inbound Tourism Markets
All Top 10 markets for Germany’s incoming tourism were able to report an increase at the end of the third quarter. While the Netherlands are up just under two percent (9.3 million overnights) year-over-year, Switzerland (up 8.6 percent), the U.S. and the United Kingdom (up 7.7 percent each) recorded above average growth. Italy, Austria, Denmark, France and Belgium follow in fifth to ninth place. Ranked number ten is Spain – their increase of 19.5 percent ranks them just above China.