(kus) The month of May achieved a record result with 494,073 overnight visitors (+14.5 percent compared to the same period last year) and 820.810 overnight stays (+12.9 per cent), a record result and surpassing the 800,000 mark in overnight stays for the first time.
With fewer public holidays in May 2017 than in the same month last year, business was driven by three full business weeks and a stable private travel market. The flagship IMEX trade show also provided growth.
Bed occupancy was stable at 49.5 percent, which corresponds to an actual room occupancy of around 69 percent. The number of beds exceeded the 50,000 mark for the first time with 50,007.
From January to May 2017, 2,175,451 overnight visitors (+7.6 per cent compared to the same period last year) arrived, accounting for 3,740.063 overnight stays (+6.3 per cent), bringing significant growth to Frankfurt am Main as a tourist destination, which thrives on the strong domestic market.
In terms of overnight stays, the domestic market (+11.8 per cent) remains significantly more dynamic than the stagnating overseas market (+0.1 per cent). The largest overseas markets present a very mixed picture: while the USA (-0.4 per cent) is stagnating, China (+2.3 per cent) has recovered, whereas the Arab Gulf States (-15 per cent) continue to show significant losses.
The Asian markets of Japan (+13.7 per cent), India (+13.4 per cent) and Korea (+27.3 per cent) show double-digit growth rates. The future markets Brazil (+10.3 percent) and Russia (+7.2 percent) are now also growing significantly again.
Important European foreign markets are developing very heterogeneously: While Poland (+9.6 percent), the Netherlands (+3.3 percent) and France (+5.1 percent) are growing, the UK (-8.3 percent), Switzerland (-2 percent), Spain (-7.8 percent) and Italy (-2.5 percent) are losing ground.
Most notably, the foreign market results continue to reflect the impact of the tense security situation and the associated heightened sense of security among travelers, as well as the politico-economic situation in the respective markets.