Berlin, the capital city of Germany, remains a great tourist attraction for visitors to the country.
visitBerlin, the official City State of Berlin agency offering tourist services to its international visitors, has recently said that the city has registered around a 10% increase in international guests during April 2012, in spite of the fact that most of the Europe seems to be on downward slide of economies. Around 922,500 guests have visited the city, more than during the comparative prior year period from Germany and abroad.
The Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office has reported that around 2.2 million room nights were booked during the month of April 2012, indicating a growth of 8.5% from that in the same period in 2011, with a high percentage of rooms being booked by international tourists.
Around 355,000 visitors from abroad spent around 953,000 nights in Berlin in April 2012, with a 9.7% increase from that in April 2011. The city seems to be a favourite for visitors from Turkey; visitors from the country to Berlin increased by around 61% in April 2012, over April 2011; followed by around 39% growth in visitors from Luxembourg; and 30% growth in visitors from both Estonia, and Gulf countries in Middle East.
Berlin covers an area of 891 square kilometres, making it nine times in size over Paris; and it has around 1,700 more bridges than the Italian destination of Venice. In 2011, the city hosted around 108,500 events, which saw a participation of around 8.26 million people.
In April 2012, the city had around 777 accommodations with 123,849 beds for visitors, ranging from ultra deluxe resorts and hotels to budget accommodations, said visitBerlin in its report.