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					2. The Importance
of Tourism
ACCORDING TO WTO FIGURES, THERE WERE 760 MILLION
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS IN 2004

                                                         Arrivals in millions
                                                                                500
     414
                                                                                400


                                                                                300


                    153                                                         200
                                   124
                                                                                100
                                                   35              33
                                                                                0
    Europe       Asia/Pacific   Americas        Middle          Africa
    +4 %          +29 %          +10 %           East           +7 %
                                                +20 %
■ Arrivals in millions ■ 2004 increase (provisional) in millions
                                                                    Source: WTO 2005




2.1 TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL                              maining 15 to 20 per cent of travel was to     In 2004, the economic conditions which
TOURISM                                                  destinations on a different continent. Asia    tend to affect travel and holidays were
2004 was the most successful year ever                   itself benefited from most of the growth in    shaped by a booming overseas economy
for the travel industry, with more than                  travel on that continent, although European    coupled with more subdued growth in
760 million arrivals globally – an increase              destinations also proved popular.              Europe, low inflation and interest rates,
of around ten per cent on 2003. After                                                                   a euro that remained strong against the
three years of stagnation following the                  In 2004, Europe’s share of all worldwide       US dollar and rocketing oil prices.
September 11 attacks, the SARS crisis and                arrivals was just under 55 per cent, down
the Iraq war, almost all destination mar-                by around 5 percentage points since 1995.      The economic importance of tourism
kets recorded substantial growth. Once                   According to the World Tourism Organiza-       Various key indicators can be used to de-
again, the Asian market proved the most                  tion (WTO) forecasts, this trend is set to     termine the importance of tourism for the
dynamic: with 153 million international                  continue, with Europe’s market share           German economy. However, since tourism
arrivals and growth of 29 per cent, Asia                 falling to just under 46 per cent by 2020.     benefits a wide variety of sectors of the
was able to strengthen its position as the               However, given the overall growth in the       economy, and its economic importance is
second most popular travel destination af-               global travel market, this will still mean     measured not in terms of goods produced,
ter Europe in 2004. Asia is now a long way               average growth of three per cent a year for    but by consumer numbers, i.e. tourists, it is
ahead of America, which itself achieved a                Europe to 2020. Against this background, it    more difficult to express its importance in
ten per cent increase in international ar-               is particularly encouraging that Germany’s     terms of GDP than would be the case for,
rivals, bringing the figure to 124 million.              ten per cent increase in the number of ar-     say, the engineering or agricultural sectors.
The European countries saw 414 million                   rivals in 2004 was significantly above the
international arrivals (up four per cent).               figure for Europe as a whole. Germany is       Various international tourism organisations
Positive growth rates were also enjoyed by               thus keeping pace with the worldwide           are currently seeking better methods of
the Middle East, up 20 per cent to 35 mil-               growth in tourism and has shown that it        benchmarking for the future. This is taking
lion, and Africa with a seven per cent rise              can compete internationally and can posi-      place on two main levels. Firstly, the WTO
to 33 million international arrivals. In total,          tion itself on the global market as a desti-   and the European Commission are attempt-
around 80 to 85 per cent of international                nation for both holidaymakers and busi-        ing to define the contribution tourism
travel was intra-continental, while the re-              ness travellers.                               makes to GDP with the aid of pilot studies,




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                                                        TOP 20 SOURCE MARKETS FOR GERMANY IN 2004



                                                                     Netherlands                                                         8.0     Germany has a well
                                                                             USA                               4.3                               diversified mix of
                                                                               UK                           3.8                                  source markets
                                                                     Switzerland                     2.9
                                                                             Italy                 2.5
                                                                          France                2.0
                                                                         Belgium                1.9
                                                                          Austria               1.9
                                                                        Denmark               1.6
                                                                         Sweden              1.4
                                                                           Japan            1.3
                                                                           Spain            1.2
                                                                          Poland          1.0
                                                                          Russia          0.8
                                                           PR China / Hong Kong           0.8
                                                                  Czech Republic        0.6
                                                                Arab Gulf States        0.5
                                                                         Norway         0.5
                                                 Australasia/New Zealand/Oceania        0.4
                                                                        Hungary         0.4
                                                        Overnight stays (million) 0.0        2.0        4.0            6.0            8.0
                                                                                                       Source: Federal Statistical Office 2005




including studies being carried out by the              macro-economic objective of equilibrium                      6.8 per cent on the previous year. Overall,
Statistical Offices, and also with the aid              in international trade. Despite the negative                 the number of overnight stays by visitors
of so-called tourism satellite accounts. At             overall balance, export revenues in the                      from all western, central and southern
the same time, the World Travel & Tourism               tourism sector have grown substantially                      European countries rose in 2004.
Council (WTTC), an association of leading               since 1999. A rise of almost 23 percent                      A few examples:
tourism companies, has described the eco-               brought receipts to the aforementioned                       – an increase of 2.2 per cent to 8 million
nomic impact of international tourism on                €21 billion in 2004, thereby achieving a                       overnight stays from the Netherlands
the basis of satellite accounts. According              new all-time high.                                           – an increase of 8.4 per cent to 3.8 million
to the WTTC analysis, Germany is only mid-                                                                             overnight stays from the United Kingdom
table internationally, with a direct contribu-          2.2 TRENDS IN INCOMING TOURIST                               – an increase of 11.4 per cent to 2.9 mil-
tion to GDP of around three per cent – equal            TRAFFIC TO GERMANY                                             lion overnight stays from Switzerland
to US$ 84.5 billion. In absolute figures                Germany is growing in popularity as a des-                   – an increase of 6.5 per cent to 2.5 million
however, Germany leaps to the top of the                tination for international visitors. In 2004, the              overnight stays from Italy
table: measured in terms of the direct and              number of international visitor arrivals rose                – an increase of 10 per cent to 2 million
indirect impact of tourism, Germany ranked              by 9.5 per cent to 20.1 million. The number                    overnight stays from France
in third place in 2004 behind the USA and               of overnight stays rose by 8.8 per cent over                 – an increase of 6.6 per cent to 1.9 million
Japan with a total of US$ 270.8 billion.                the same period, passing the 45 million                        overnight stays from Belgium
Visitor spending is another important indi-             mark for the first time and setting a new                    – an increase of 6.7 per cent to 1.9 million
cator for assessing the economic impor-                 record for inbound travel to Germany.                          overnight stays from Austria
tance of tourism. Germany’s tourism ac-
count is actually in the red: Germans spent             HIGHLIGHTS                                                   Growth markets in eastern Europe
€58.1 billion abroad, compared to receipts              Strong growth in Europe                                      The countries of eastern Europe offer great
of €21 billion, a deficit of €37.1 billion. It          Europe continues to be the largest source                    potential for the German travel industry:
is worth noting, however, that the deficit in           market for incoming tourism to Germany,                      – an increase of 13.7 per cent to more than
tourism goes some way towards offsetting                accounting for 74 per cent of all overnight                    950,000 overnight stays from Poland
the overall surplus in the country’s balance            stays. In 2004, the number of overnight                      – an increase of 5.6 per cent to 823,000
of payments and thus in attaining the                   stays rose to 33.6 million, an increase of                     overnight stays from Russia




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                                                     GROWTH IN ALL 20 SOURCE MARKETS
                                                     FOR INCOMING TRAVEL TO GERMANY IN 2004

                                                                 Netherlands         2.2
                                                                         USA                                       15.1
                                                                           UK                         8.4
                                                                 Switzerland                                11.4
                                                                         Italy                   6.5
                                                                      France                            10.0
                                                                     Belgium                     6.6
                                                                      Austria                    6.7
                                                                    Denmark                4.2
                                                                     Sweden                 5.1
                                                                       Japan                           9.8
                                                                        Spain                                          18.6
                                                                      Poland                                    13.7
                                                                       Russia                5.6
                                                      PR China / Hong Kong                                                                        36.5
                                                                                           4.0
                                                             Czech Republic
                                                                                                                   15.1
                                                            Arab Gulf States
                                                                                                  7.3
                                                                     Norway
                                                                                                                            21.5
                                              Australasia/New Zealand/Oceania
                                                                    Hungary                          7.4
                                                                            %0         4         8         12   16     20     24   28   32   36     40   44    Change compared
                                                                                                                                                               with previous year
                                                                      Source: German Federal Statistical Office 2005, accommodation statistics incl. camping




– an increase of 7.4 per cent to 416,000               in 2004, and a rise of 36.5 per cent in                                 In addition to the general economic situa-
  overnight stays from Hungary                         overnight stays (789,000)                                               tion, the change in the type of guest visit-
– an increase of 4 per cent to 551,000               – There were 160,000 arrivals from the                                    ing spas and health resorts was crucial for
  overnight stays from the Czech Republic              Arab Gulf States (12.1 per cent increase                                this development: the proportion of guests
                                                       on 2003) and 512,000 overnight stays,                                   funding their own stay, as opposed to be-
Renewed growth from the established                    a rise of 15.1 per cent.                                                ing funded by their health insurer, is now
markets of the USA and Japan                                                                                                   up to 70 per cent in many places, and the
Following the decline caused by the global           Boom in city breaks                                                       percentage is growing. This is the target
crisis in the wake of the September 11 at-           The City Breaks segment profited dispro-                                  group the German spas and health resorts
tacks and other external events such as the          portionately from the growth in German                                    are aiming to attract with their highly de-
SARS crisis, the German tourism industry             tourism. In 2004, Berlin recorded 18.8 per                                veloped infrastructure, tailor-made prod-
recovered to achieve excellent growth                cent more arrivals than in 2003, and 16.1 per                             uct offerings and professional approach to
rates from the well-established US and               cent more overnight stays. Hamburg saw a                                  marketing. However, they are competing
Japanese markets in 2004:                            9.7 per cent increase in the number of ar-                                with many other providers across the
– an increase of 14.7 per cent to more than          rivals, and a 9.2 per cent increase in the                                whole of Europe. Of the 1,100 or so spas
  1.9 million arrivals and a 15.1 per cent           number of overnight stays while Munich                                    and health resorts in Europe, 190 in the
  increase to 4.3 million overnight stays            recorded 8.2 per cent more arrivals and                                   EU accession countries cater to the partic-
  by visitors from the USA,                          8.9 per cent more overnight stays.                                        ularly price-sensitive segment.
– an increase of 10.6 per cent to 715,000                                                                                      Overall, the resorts achieved eight per cent
  arrivals and a 9.8 per cent increase to            Fresh impetus for spas and health resorts                                 growth in arrivals, and five per cent in
  1.3 million overnight stays by visitors            With around 12 million arrivals in 2004,                                  overnight stays by international visitors.
  from Japan,                                        Germany’s spas and health resorts achieved                                The number of international arrivals was
                                                     a 1.1 per cent increase on the previous                                   up 2.9 per cent at seaside spas and health
Boom in travel to Germany from China                 year. The number of overnight stays fell                                  resorts, while the figure for overnight
and the Arab Gulf States                             by 3.7 per cent to 66.2 million. The average                              stays rose by 7.4 per cent.
– China recorded an impressive 44.5 per              stay was 5.5 days, almost double the aver-
  cent increase in the number of arrivals            age for Germany overall (2.9 days).




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                                                  CONTRIBUTION MADE BY                           CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE
                                                  TOURISM ECONOMY IN 2004                        TOURISM INDUSTRY IN 2004
                                                  Direct and indirect effects of tourism         Direct effects of tourism

                                                  Rank   Country                US$ bn           Rank   Country                US$ bn
                                                   1     USA                    1,244.1           1     USA                      482.7
                                                   2     Japan                    407.9           2     Japan                    159.5
                                                   3     Germany                 270.8            3     France                   103.0
                                                   4     France                   257.1           4     Italy                     84.7
                                                   5     UK                       218.5           5     Germany                  84.5
                                                   6     Spain                    199.1           6     UK                        82.5
                                                   7     Italy                    197.0           7     Spain                     76.8
                                                   8     China                    183.7           8     China                     40.1
                                                   9     Canada                   107.7           9     Canada                    35.7
                                                  10     Australia                 71.8          10     Australia                 32.1

                                                  Tourism satellite account (TSA)                Tourism satellite account (TSA)


                                                  The tourism economy (i.e. the impact           The tourism industry (typical tourism
                                                  of tourism in the broadest sense) includes     sector) represents the economic effects
                                                  the knock-on effects of tourism-related        more closely linked to tourism, primarily
                                                  demand on other sectors of the economy,        goods and services supplied directly to
                                                  that is all the macroeconomic conse-           visitors, such as accommodation and
                                                  quences of tourism-related demand at           transport (from a supply-side perspective)
                                                  a local or national level (from a de-
                                                  mand-side perspective)
                                                                                                 Source: TSA/WTTC 2004

                                                  Source: TSA/WTTC 2004




Hotels and restaurants                            2.3 TRAVEL BY GERMANS WITHIN                   within Germany rose from 18.5 million in
After several difficult years in succession,      GERMANY                                        2001 to 20.2 million in 2004. Although
the German hotel industry finally enjoyed a       In 2004, the demand for travel within          direct comparison with the previous year
slight upturn, profiting from the growth in       Germany had consolidated at a high             shows a slight fall of 1.4 million trips – due
tourism and achieving stable operating re-        level with an increase of 2.2 per cent in      to the fact that the total number of main
sults in 2004. In comparison to the previous      arrivals and a slight fall of 1.1 per cent     holidays taken by Germans was lower in
year, nominal sales rose by 1.1 per cent, an      in overnight stays.                            2004 than in the previous year – Germans
increase of 0.5 per cent in real terms.           The success of 2004 was largely driven by      tended to choose Germany for their second
                                                  the major German cities, with increases of     or third holiday involving more than four
The German restaurant trade has not yet           up to 15.8 per cent in the number of ar-       overnight stays. The number of trips in
managed to profit from the additional impe-       rivals (Berlin). The dynamic growth in city    this category increased by 7.2 million.
tus in tourism, with a fall of 3.1 per cent in    breaks was even able to compensate to a        Its current market share of 31 per cent
nominal sales, or 3.5 per cent in real terms.     large degree for the fall in visitor numbers   (source: FUR travel analysis 2005) means
However, the mood in the restaurant sector        suffered by the coastal regions and on the     that Germany remains the favourite
has brightened after three difficult years, and   campsites as a result of the poor weather.     destination for German holidaymakers.
the industry forecasts for 2005 are optimistic.   Among the federal states, Saxony and
The catering trade is expecting to benefit        Saxony-Anhalt achieved the best growth         Travel agencies anticipate good
from the growing number of international          in domestic tourism in 2004; arrivals by       business for Germany
tourists, the improvement of the domestic         German visitors were up by 5.6 and 4.4 per     A representative survey commissioned
economy and the growing number of confer-         cent respectively.                             by the GNTB showed that travel agency
ences and congresses. The 52,967 accom-                                                          managers are looking forward to a suc-
modation providers in Germany are expected        Germany growing in popularity as a             cessful 2005:
to show a greater willingness to invest.          main holiday destination                       – 61 per cent of those surveyed expected
                                                  According to a 2005 travel survey by FUR,        travel within Germany to increase by
                                                  main holidays of four nights or more             more than two per cent, while 31 per




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  cent were predicting growth of up to           holidaymakers from almost 30 source              opportunity to showcase itself and its
  two per cent.                                  markets is one of Germany’s competitive          many tourist attractions in the run-up to
– 87 per cent believe the greatest potential     strengths, and the German tourism in-            this major event.
  lies in wellness and activity holidays,        dustry can offer an extraordinarily wide       – As a top sporting event and a magnet
– 81 per cent expect city breaks, tours and      range of products and services to meet           for international visitors, the FIFA World
  shopping trips to have good or very            the very different wishes of these visitors.     Cup™ itself will be a great opportunity
  good potential for growth.                   – The culture mega-trend and demand                for the German travel industry: the
– 79 per cent think trips to the holiday re-     from abroad will secure the future of            GNTB anticipates additional growth of
  gions will do very well                        German towns and cities as tourist des-          around 1.7 per cent in the number of
– 77 per cent are predicting good growth         tinations. The ten towns and cities which        overnight stays for 2006 as a whole.
  in the family holidays segment                 are most important in terms of tourism
– 72 per cent are happy or very happy to         already account for more than a third of       Prospects for a successful future
  sell holidays in Germany.                      all stays by international visitors to Ger-    Tourism is also a source of great potential
                                                 many, and they look set to increase this       for the future. For European tourism as a
2.4 FACTORS IN THE SUCCESS OF                    proportion to 50% in the future.               whole, real market growth of five per cent
TOURISM IN GERMANY                             – The hotel industry in Germany enjoys in-       is anticipated for 2005, and the forecast
– In terms of the economic impact of             ternational success and is excellently         for the following years up to 2010 is an
  tourism, Germany is one of the world’s         placed to meet the competitive chal-           average of three to four per cent per year.
  leaders. Germany is the fifth largest          lenges of the future. With more than           Germany is very well placed to share in
  incoming destination in the world.             800,000 rooms, Germany is ranked sec-          this growth.
– Being able to communicate directly with        ond in Europe. German hotels are com-          Tourism in Germany has consolidated at a
                                                 petitive. They enjoy an average occupan-       high level and shows clear indications of
                                                 cy rate of 61 per cent, and the average        further growth. For 2005, the GNTB fore-
                                                 price per room is 83 euros.                    casts growth of one to two per cent for
                                               – The countdown to the 2006 FIFA World           overnight stays from within Germany, and
                                                 Cup™ has begun, giving Germany the             more than two per cent from abroad.




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