Greece, although still unsettled, revived in 2013 and now sparkles in the glow of a double-digit tourism increase, according to the Global Travel Trends Report 2013/14, released by IPK International during Berlin’s recent ITB tourism fair.
The study found that spirits were upbeat in most global tourism destinations in 2013, Greece included.
In respect to the top holiday destinations of the Germans, the study showed that Greece showed recovery last year with a double-digit growth rate of 14 percent (three percent of market share).
Europe still positive
On the outbound travel of the Europeans in 2013, IPK’s study showed that they took more trips in 2013 than in 2012. Altogether the number of European outbound trips rose three percent in 2013 to 432 million, following a two percent growth figure for 2012. While the number of overnight accommodations remained stable at 3.5 billion nights, travel spending for outbound trips rose by two percent to 368 billion euros.
According to IPK, in regards to Europe’s most important source markets in 2013, Russia again dominated the European growth figures with an increase of 13 percent.
The German market
The Germans took 335 million domestic and outbound trips in 2013 (+2 percent), and at 1.7 billion, the number of overnight stays also came in twi percent higher.
According to IPK, there was still no change with respect to the top holiday destinations of the Germans: Austria continued to hold first place in 2013 (17 percent market share), followed by Spain (16 percent) and Italy (12 percent). Austria and Spain were able to hold onto their market shares with single-digit growth rates while Italy’s negative growth resulted in the country losing one percent market share. Other popular German outbound holiday destinations last year were Turkey (eight percent), the Netherlands (six percent), France (six percent) and Greece (three percent).
Outlook for 2014
Although the global economy seems to be heading toward recession, IPK anticipates a five percent worldwide growth in tourism for 2014.
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