Increase in outbound trips from Germany

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Increase in outbound trips from Germany
Fri December 20, 2019

According ITB Berlin and IPK International, during the first eight months of the year outbound trips from Germany increased by a further 2%


Despite Germany’s already high volume in outbound trips, the figures have grown by a further two per cent. Following a slump in recent years, trips from Germany to Turkey recorded double-digit growth. According to the latest findings of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International, at eight per cent city breaks were the growth driver in the holiday travel market. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is regarded as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.

Growth in trips from Germany
During the first eight months of 2019 outbound trips from Germany increased by two per cent, on a par with other western European source markets, but behind current growth rates in eastern Europe. Germany’s dominant position as a leading source market for outbound travel remains unchallenged. After the USA, it is the world’s second largest outbound travel market, and Europe’s largest by far.

City breaks are booming again
As in other European countries, outbound trips from Germany witnessed a renewed surge in city breaks, which at eight per cent recorded above-average growth during the first eight months of 2019. At three per cent, the number of sun and beach holidays increased too. In contrast, at minus four cent round trips recorded a marked decline. Summer trips to the mountains and holidays in the country also attracted fewer outbound trips.

Positive outlook for 2020
IPK International forecasts outbound trips from Germany rising by two per cent in 2020, and thus a continuation of the market’s positive upward trend. This is based on the findings of the World Travel Confidence Index of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months.
Further conclusive results showing 2019 travel trends will be published in future press releases. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 on 4 March at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020.

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