Karlsruhe Tourism has confirmed that 12,000 room nights were booked by Indian travellers in 2018 and expects a growth of up to 20 per cent in 2019. Karen Weber, head of tourism marketing, Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH (KTG), said: “We receive a mix of events as well as leisure groups. We recorded 12,000 room nights in 2018 and are hoping to grow by 15-20 per cent this year. The room rates in Karlsruhe are 20-25 per cent cheaper compared to neighbouring destinations, which is an attractive proposition. We receive most of our tourists from Mumbai, with Pune being a feeder market. That’s why we decided to come to Mumbai to showcase our destination to the trade partners.” KTG organised its first ever trade event for India in Mumbai recently.
Karlsruhe is the second largest city of Baden-Württemberg state in South West Germany after its capital of Stuttgart. Since 2010 the region has witnessed a hike of 290 per cent in visitors from India. With a 14.5 per cent growth in 2018, over the 10 per cent in 2017, India is among its top global source markets.
The ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe ranks among the top five museums in the world. Karlsruhe shares its border with France, and the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is conveniently connected to several destinations, including the gateway city, Frankfurt.