Overnight stays by GCC tourists in Hamburg increase by more than 30 percent
Strong growth in overnight stays: Hanseatic metropolis is one of the favourite destinations in Germany for travellers from the Arabian Gulf
Dubai, 14 October 2010 – With over 21,366 overnight stays between January and July 2010, Hamburg is once more among the favourite destinations in Germany for travellers from the Gulf region. During the first half of the year, overnight stays increased by 30,7% in comparison to the same period of 2009, according to statistics released by the Hamburg Tourist Board. This makes the GCC reach the third place in the list of Hamburg's most important tourism source markets, along with Europe and the United States.
In the first half of the year 2010, large numbers of Gulf Arabs, especially from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait travelled to the Northern German metropolis for the summer where a range of offers awaits visitors, with many particularly suited for families with children, making the Northern German destination even more attractive for Gulf travellers.
With a population of about 1.8 million, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city after the capital of Berlin. The Northern metropolis is distinguished by its unique location on the water, situated on the River Elbe and the Alster Lake, boasting its typical maritime flair. Boat tours on the Alster, exotic animals at Hagenbeck Zoo and a world of model railways in Miniatur Wunderland are some of the attractions suited perfectly for spending a fun day with children in Hamburg. In addition, the city offers plenty of greenery in parks, gardens and woodlands. Another of the city’s most well-known attractions is the Hamburg Harbour which attracts more than 8 million visitors every year.
Hamburg is also Germany’s music capital, with a great variety of musicals, such as Disney’s “The Lion King”, live music in diverse clubs in the areas of Karolinenviertel and Schanze and outstanding classical music at Hamburg State Opera or Hamburg Ballet.
Shoppers can find everything they desire in one of the many shopping arcades in the centre of the city, such as Bleichenhof, Hanse-Viertel and Levantehaus. Neuer Wall, a famous shopping avenue, is home to exquisite international brands, while flea markets and weekly open-air markets such as the Isemarkt are famous for their rarities.
Within an hour to 90 minutes' drive from Hamburg two theme parks and an exciting safari park await visitors looking for a nice day trip out of the city centre. In Soltau, to the south of the city, Heide-Park offers non-stop fun and entertainment for children and adults alike. With more than 50 rides and attractions, everything from adventurous rollercoasters to old-time carousels is available. Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen is Germany's largest safari reserve. Visitors can see more than 1,000 exotic animals in the wild and experience Africa at its finest as they drive through the reserve in their own vehicles or on a Bus, passing by giraffes, rhinos, camels and many other exotic creatures. Another option just outside the city of Lübeck is Hansa-Park, Germany’s only seaside theme park, hosting different rides, attractions and fascinating shows.
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