The desire to travel continues unabated for most Germans, despite an unease following terror attacks. Although drawn to exotic countries, holidaymakers in Germany have also been won over by destinations closer to home.
Where did German holidaymakers travel in 2015? Which destinations are gaining or losing in popularity? To coincide with the International Tourism Fair in Berlin analysts have released the top ten rankings.
The rankings cited here came from the German research institute, Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen e.V. (FUR), a neutral, non-commercial cooperative. They were published as part of the 2016 Travel Analysis, or "Reiseanalyse 2016" (www.reiseanalyse.de). These statistics are an important source of information for the German Travel Association DRV, which presents an annual publication on the facts and figures about the German travel market known as "Fakten und Zahlen zum deutschen Reisemarkt."
The analysis employed by FUR comes from a survey of 7500 people over the age of 14 living in private households in Germany as well as an online discussion with more than 5000 German-speaking people. The values considered are for personal travel and vacation trips lasting more than five days. Business trips and travel under five days are not included in these figures. That is something to note, as it varies from the statistics compiled by individual states, who use other criteria to determine their visitor numbers.