Already a tourist destination for other Germans and people around the world, Munich's tourism figures for the first half of 2012 are even better than those of the previous year
The Department of Labour and Economy has reported a strong start for tourism in the first part of 2012 with an increase in both the numbers of arrivals and in overnight stays. 2.8 million tourists visited Munich and the surrounding area between January and June, an increase of 3.9 percent. The number of guests choosing to stay overnight also showed a significant increase (5.4 percent) in comparison to the previous year with numbers reaching 5.5 million people.
The records also show that the region has been attracting not only German tourists but also visitors from further afield. 1.2 million foreign tourists visited Munich from January to February, which is a significant increase of 11 percent. Overnight stays increased by 11.7 percent, meaning that 2.6 Million people had visited the city during the first half of 2012. The month of June alone showed an increase of 12.7 percent in the number of arrivals and 14.8 percent in the numbers of people who stayed the night. Domestic tourist numbers fell slightly by 0.9 percent to 1.6 million people, however the average length of stay increased.
A speaker from the Department of Labour and Economy stated that the numbers of tourists in the first half of the year were remarkably high and remarked that this might lead to a record year with regards to this year's tourism.
The USA, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, Russia and Austria were among those named as the top nationalities who had visited the region. The most remarkable growth, however, was seen in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). These countries are often lumped together, because they are at a similar stage of increasing economic growth and are deemed to be the global economy's most vibrant sector. The number of overnight stays by Brasilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese tourists showed an increase of 30.6 percent (51,000), 33.6 percent (208,000), 0.6 percent (37,000) and 32.4 percent (81,000) respectively.
A healthy increase of 28.8 percent to 167,000 in the number of overnight guests from the Arab Gulf states was also reported. Because Ramadan occurs earlier each year, the month of June alone showed a remarkable increase of 92.2 percent of people from the Arab Gulf States visiting Munich (21,000) and the number of people staying the night rose 58.7 percent.
The Department for Tourism has reported an overall growth of around 5 percent. This could mean that the numbers of overnight stays could reach a record-breaking 12 million people by the end of the year.