Hamburg finds a spot in GCC holidaymakers’ wish list
The German city of Hamburg has become a favoured destination for holidaymakers from the GCC countries, news figures indicate.
The major port city in northern Germany saw 93,264 overnight stays by GCC visitors last year, a growth of 23.8 per cent from that in 2014.
The Hamburg Tourism Pool for Arabia, a Dubai-based body for promoting the second-largest German city in the region, said the GCC is now the second-largest overseas tourism market for Hamburg and city arrivals from the GCC increased by 59.5 per cent during the period between 2014 and 2015.
“The appeal of Hamburg to tourists and families from Arab countries is quite clear: the city is friendly and welcoming to all; it is steeped in maritime and culture, with stunning classical architecture set to the backdrop of beautiful natural landscapes and lakes; and, the climate is very pleasant in the summer months in the greenest European metropolis,” it said.
Hamburg is also home to the world’s biggest miniature railway model, MiniaturWunderland. It features more than 13km of railway tracks in a 1,300 sq m space within a warehouse district and it attracts more than one million visitors each year.
More than two million tourists from the region visited Germany during the January-November period in 2015, German National Tourist Board had said in February.