The Americans Are Coming! The Americans are Coming!

Drinking beer at the Berg in Nurnberg Germany.


A Promising First Seven Months for Germany tourism!

American visits to Germany have increased by 1.1% compared to 2012. The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) has released the visitor statistics for the first seven months in 2013, and the numbers show yet again that Germany appeals to travelers from around the world.

Published last month by Germany’s Federal Statistics Office, the tourism report for January to July states a 3.4-per cent increase of foreign overnights over the same period in 2012, the figures representing guests staying in German hotels with ten and more beds. Americans contributed their share, with 1.1-per cent increase over the same period last year. More than 2.81 million overnights were counted for American travelers so far in 2013.

These statistics bode well for the remaining months of the year. Says German National Tourist Board’s CEO Petra Hedorfer, “Given the continued development of all our source markets, we expect overall visitor numbers for the year to rise by two to three per cent.” While some South and East German destinations saw a slight dip in tourism activity for the month of June due to record flooding, the overall results for 2013 should stay within the predicted range, especially given that the affected areas have been open for business as usual since late June or early July.

As the result for the first half of the year show, Americans’ interest in visiting Germany remains strong.

And as in the past, the GNTO looks forward to presenting Destination Germany to increasing numbers of travel-savvy Americans


The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is based in Frankfurt am Main. It works on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology from which it receives its funding under a resolution passed by the German parliament. The GNTB develops and communicates strategies and products to enhance the positive image of German travel destinations abroad and to promote tourism to Germany. To fulfill its remit, the GNTB operates 30 foreign representative offices around the world. Further information is available from our online press center at