Overnight stays rise in Germany
Thanks to good economic conditions, the German tourist industry is on course for another record year.
Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany's domestic tourist industry is on course for a record year after the number of overnight stays in hotel and guest houses rose by 3 per cent to 47.3 million in September 2018 compared to the same month a year ago.
The figure breaks out into 8.3 million stays by foreign guests, an increase of 3 per cent, the Federal Statistics Office in the city of Wiesbaden said on Thursday, while Germans accounted for 39 million stays, also an increase of 3 per cent on September 2017.
For the first nine months of 2018, the number of total overnight stays was 373.1 million, a rise of 4 per cent on the same period in 2017, the office said.
Thanks to good economic conditions and continually solid numbers of people with the travel bug, the German Hotel and Guest House Association (Dehoga) expects 2018 to be the ninth record year in a row for the German market.
The Federal Statistics Office includes accommodation with a least 10 beds in its tourism figures.