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Latest tourist figures indicate positive start to 2016

Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have more guests and overnight stays in first quarter than in 2015. Figures show clear rise in foreign tourists

Hamburg had a 10 per cent rise in overnight stays between January and March 2016 over the same period in 2015, according to the Northern Statistics Office. Guest numbers increased 6.5 per cent in the same period. The survey included 358 open accommodations offering 58,714 beds. The average bed occupancy came to 58.9 per cent and guests spent two days on average in the city.

Positive trend in Schlewsig-Holstein

Hamburg noted the biggest rise of 11.4 per cent in February 2016 with overnight stays coming to 877,000. Guest numbers rose 11.2 per cent to 463,000. And in March, 11.2 per cent additional overnight stays contributed to the increase. The number of guests grew a solid 5 per cent to 526,000. Some 382,000 guests overnighted in Hamburg in January 2016 or 3.1 per cent more than in January 2015. The number of overnight stays grew by 5.4 per cent to 753,000 nights in the same period.

The trend in Schleswig-Holstein is also positive, according to the Northern Statisitics Office. From January to March, 13.9 per cent more guests arrived in the state over the same period in 2015. The number of overnight stays grew 17.5 per cent in that period.

Milestones in development of tourism

In March 2016, 19.5 per cent of guests in Hamburg came from other countries and mostly from Denmark, Britain, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Some 230,000 foreign visitors – 10.5 per cent more than in March 2015 – booked stays in Hamburg. In that month, the amount of overnight stays by guests from Germany came to 848,000 – an increase of 11.4 per cent over the previous year.

In February, Andreas Rieckhof, State Councillor in the Economic Authority, expressed optimism about tourism in 2016. Speaking during the presentation of figures by Hamburg Tourism GmbH for 2015, he noted. “We expect 3 to 5 per cent growth in overnight stays and are expecting over 13 million overnight stays.” Several milestones in the development of tourism are expected this year. The AIDAprima starts operating in May and the Kunsthalle has reopened, he noted. Also, seven new hotels with around 2,200 extra beds are to open in Hamburg. They include Hotel Fontenay near the Alster and the Westin Sheraton in the Elbphilharmonie.

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