Berlin reached new visitor records in 2012 with 10.8 million arrivals and 24.9 million overnights in the city’s hotels and guest houses, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. With the double-digit increase in overnights, Berlin is the fastest growing international metropolis and could defend and even strengthen its position as Europe’s third most popular destination.
According to Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, Berlin is making its comeback as a top world destination.
“Proof are not only the 25 million overnights, but also the strong positive image the city maintains far beyond its borders. Tourists, creative people, and highly qualified young professionals are drawn to Berlin from all over the world. With their talent, tolerance and technology they are a big factor in the success of the city.”
Berlin’s meetings and conventions significantly contributed to the record numbers. In 2012, Berlin was host to 123,900 meetings, congresses and events with some 10.5 million participants. International meetings accounted for 19 percent, and the German capital is currently ranking fourth as an international location for association meetings.
In the past decade, Berlin’s tourism numbers as well as the number of available hotel beds has doubled. In December 2012, Berlin had 126,000 hotel beds with an occupancy rate of 54.5 percent.
Visit Berlin, www.visitberlin.com