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Irish Visitors to Germany Grow by 12.9%

Irish Visitors to Germany Grow by 12.9%

The German National Tourist Office duo of Jeanette Schuchmann, Deputy Director, and Charles Wilson, Sales Manager, hosted the trade for an up-to-date briefing followed by dinner in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel. They revealed that Irish visitors to Germany had grown by 12.9% for the first six months of this year.

Des Abbott, Des Abbott Travel; Helen Fyfe, Lufthansa; and Tom Kiernan, Ask Susan.

Tourism is extremely important for the German economy. Total consumer spending by tourists (day trips and overnight stays by domestic and international travellers) is €287.2 billion. The tourism industry in Germany employs three million people directly.

Jens Bachmann, Aviareps, with Peter Friedrich, TravelCube

For Germany, Ireland offers enormous potential for holiday-trips abroad, with a prediction of an annual growth rate of 3.3% up to 2023. Germany is the second most popular destination for Europeans for the eighth year running, with growth in 2017/16 at 9%, with France in second place and Spain still the leader.

Adele Walsh and Jean Claffey, Joe Walsh Tours, with Charles Wilson, German National Tourist Office

Magic Cities and Historic Highlights

There are 10 ‘magic cities’ in Germany – with Berlin the most visited by Irish travellers. These cities are always popular, but there is scope to explore further: Germany’s 17 ‘Historic Highlights’, are rich in architecture, attractions, culture and history and offer a fresh perspective on city breaks.

Des Abbott, Des Abbott Travel; Jeanette Schuchmann, German National Tourist Office; and Pat Dawson, ITAA

Looking forward to events and themes in Germany, the country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus next year. Main routes will include Berlin, Dessau and Weimar. Other destinations ‘off the beaten track’ include Alfeld, Essen, Celle, Krefeld, Münster, Hamburg and the Ruhr. This will provide an ideal opportunity for arts, culture and history products and will include new museums and a ‘Grand Tour of Modernism’.

Charles Wilson, German National Tourist Office, welcomes  Gabrielle Gilmartin, FCm Travel

Certainly Germany is a destination with lots to see and do for all categories of Irish visitors.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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