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Tourist numbers in Hamburg even higher

Strong growth in the first eight months of 2015. August was the strongest-ever recorded month. Christmas markets are also attracting ever more tourists

More than 1.3 million overnight stays in August 2015 meant tourism figures in that month alone were the strongest ever recorded, according to Hamburg Tourism GmbH. A total of 8.4 million overnight stays or growth of 5.7% was recorded from January to August last year. Based on these growth figures, Hamburg now ranks fifth among big German cities after Hanover (plus 10.9%), Frankfurt (plus 8.8%), Cologne (plus 7.2%) and Nuremberg (plus 6.2%).

Positive foreign visitor numbers continue

In August, Hamburg achieved growth of 1.7% in terms of overnight stays from abroad. This positive trend continued with a good 2 million overnight stays between January and August which means growth of 6.5%. In terms of the largest-volume, foreign markets, Denmark leads with 227,000 overnight stays (plus 17.8%) followed by Switzerland with 213,000 overnight stays (plus 8.3%) ahead of Austria with 183,000 (plus 4.7%), Britain with 182,000 (plus 0.9%) and the US with 128,000 (minus 1.9%). This comes to a total market share of 45.5% of all overnight stays from abroad and remains Hamburg’s most important source market.

Although China is still on a growth path with 45,000 overnight stays (plus 12.4%) and Arab states in the Gulf are still growing with 70,000 overnight stays (plus 20%), Russia is still on a downward slide with only 39,000 overnight stays (minus 25.7%).

Sources and further information:
Tourism Report 4/2015

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