Germany celebrates eight per cent growth in Indian arrivals as new venues are unveiled

Germany witnessed the arrival of 921,123 Indian visitors in 2018, marking an eight per cent growth from India which ranks among the top 20 source markets. Buoyed by this growth, the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in India forecasts a further eight per cent growth in visitor overnights for the year 2019 and is ready for more.

The German Convention Bureau has announced new event venues that add to the country’s top offerings for international planners and delegates. Rhein Main Congress Center in Wiesbaden, 30 minutes from Frankfurt airport, offers meeting space for 12,500 delegates. Stuttgart also offer meeting planners with a variety of creative event spaces – the centrally located ‘Eberhardhöfe’ incorporates the on-trend co-working, conference and event space in a historic building. The renovated Congress Center Hamburg will reopen in 2020 as Germany’s largest and most modern convention centre. Originally opened in 1973 and under modernisation since 2017, the venue will also be among the top five in Europe, with 12,000 square metres of exhibition space, a 12,000- people seating capacity, a 3,000-person capacity main lecture hall and 50 conference rooms.

Although business travel, attendance at exhibitions and incentive travel has been the mainstay of Indian outbound to Germany, the destination is also attracting leisure tourists in larger numbers. In 2019 the “German Summer Cities”, the touristic offerings of larger cities and those in more rural areas, take centre stage as part of a worldwide marketing offensive.

GNTO’s India office has always used new and innovative strategies to promote itself and launched its web-based Destination Training Module, www.germanyspecialist.com, in December 2017. The platform, which has four interactive and informative training modules, is prepared so tour operators and meeting planners can easily access all essential information required to create interesting itineraries. The platform already has over 900 registered tour operators seeking to improve their knowledge of the destination and aiming at being certified Destination Germany Specialists.