Data from the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office revealed that tourism to Berlin fell 61%, with around 2.5 million overnight stays in the first half of the year. In addition, the figure is down 84.2% from pre-pandemic levels, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The state hosted fewer guests this year, 79.4% less than last year, while the number of domestic guests fell by 50%. In addition, the number of domestic guests reached 728,800 and 2,042,200 overnight stays were booked.
Polish guests visited the state the most, counting 18,800 guests for the first half of 2021, but down 55.5% from last year.
During the January-June period, the second highest number of customers in Berlin was from Italy, with 6,300 customers and 28,800 overnight stays – however, still registering a decrease of 89.2% compared to the same period in 2020.
In addition, the figures for French and American guests stand at 6,600 and 6,500 with 25,800 and 25,300 overnight stays. However, the number of American guests in Berlin is much lower, marking a drop of 89.1%, while the total of French guests is down by 85.4%.
In addition, the most notable drop was detected among UK customers, with a drop of 95.8%, followed by 89.3% from Spain. During the first half of 2021, Berlin welcomed 4,000 Britons with 19,900 overnight stays and 6,100 Spaniards with 24,600 overnight stays.
Around 7,300 Dutch nationals were received in the city and 21,600 overnight stays were recorded. However, this figure is 85% lower compared to the same period last year.
In conclusion, Berlin, which is surrounded by the Brandenburg region with more than 40 towns and villages, registered 854,300 guests from January to June 2021 and registered 2,544,900 overnight stays, a decrease of 68.8% compared to the same period in 2020.
On the other hand, the bed occupancy rate in 659 accommodation establishments with ten beds and eight campsites was 12.7%, while in 2020, this number was 30.1%.
In addition, in June 2021, 813,179 overnight stays were recorded in Berlin, approximately 160,000 more than in 2020, when 652,900 visits were recorded. However, in 2019 the figure reached over three million stays, about 2.2 million more than in 2021.
Previously, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that Germany suffered a loss of € 161 billion in the travel and tourism industry due to the coronavirus, which led to a drop in GDP of the country by 46.9%. However, the WTTC estimates that if the country could resume international travel by June of this year, the country’s GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2020.