Germany -- More Americans are opting to visit Germany despite an
ever-weaker U.S. dollar, said officials at the 34th annual Germany
Travel Mart (GTM) show May 2.
established last year, when a near-record 1.9 Americans accounted
for 4.3 million overnight stays in Germany (representing 14.3% and
15.1% increases, respectively, over 2003) carried over into winter
this year, with 500,000 overnights recorded in January and February
That was a 7.2%
jump compared with the first two months of 2004.
cement the U.S.s place as Germanys most-important overseas source
market and second overall after the Netherlands.
trying harder to get more Americans to travel to Germany, said
Petra Hedorfer, chief executive of the German National Tourist
U.S. trade was out in force at GTM, which spanned April 20 to May 3
in Wiesbaden, Mainz and Frankfurt, accounting for almost 10% of all
That made the
U.S. group, at 61 participants, the largest foreign delegation in
attendance, before China and the U.K.
And this years
GTM was more of a local affair than ever, with German buyers
accounting for 8% all such attendees, up from 5% in
Next year, GTM
will again be hosted jointly, by Cologne, Dusseldorf and
reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].