Destination trends

USA forecasts stable German visitor numbers

US tourism representatives are optimistic about stable business this year thanks to new direct flights after a sharp decline in German arrivals in 2016.

August 10, 2017
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A total of 2.03 million Germans visited the USA last year compared to 2.27 million in 2015. This was a substantial drop of just over 10%. This year, the target is for two million visitors again.

Hans Gesk, president of the Visit USA Committee Germany, highlighted the significant number of new direct flights from Germany to the USA this summer, which is pushing down flight prices.

“In addition, we have observed a clear softening of the US dollar exchange rate in the last few months. Thanks to the combination of these two effects, trips to the USA are significantly cheaper at present than last year,” he pointed out.

Gesk emphasised that a Visit USA survey among German tour operators and airlines found that bookings are at last year’s levels or slightly higher, thus confirming this prediction.

“The ‘Trump effect’ that many people feared at the beginning of the year has simply not happened,” he concluded.

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