Germany voted one of the safest places to visit in the world

Germany, over the last few years, has become one of the most popular choices for holiday makers and back packers alike. As one of Europe’s largest countries with a population of just over eighty million, it has been rated as one of the safest destinations recently in a Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report which compares and rates countries throughout the world.

Due to it’s location in Central Europe, with a wide range of popular destinations due to it’s coast onto the Baltic Sea and the ever popular Alps mountain range, there is something for both summer and winter holiday makers alike. It’s reportedly down to this reason, and it’s durability to withstand the recent economic troubles experienced within the European region that it is more popular today than it ever has been.

Of all it’s visitor’s, it those from the bordering countries of the Netherlands and Switzerland which make up the largest percentage of it’s annual visitor count, as well as tourists from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states.

Another long time popular European destination has always been the United Kingdom, and now alongside Germany it may come as a surprise to know that 23 percent of Saudi tourists now choose to visit the UK, closely followed by 22 percent choosing now to head to Germany, making these the top two European destinations of choice for those from Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to Germany’s economic robustness, Saudi and Gulf businessmen are now looking to Germany as their preferred choice for conducting business within the European Union. In third place with fourteen percent is Turkey, closely followed by France in fourth place with nine percent.

Located in Riyadh, the German embassy has recently reported that approximately 450,000 visitors from within the Gulf states passed through German airports during the first half of 2013, seventy four percent of them being for tourism purposes, showing a significant increase when compared to 2012 by over thirty percent.

One of the most popular destinations within Germany is Berlin which has undergone quite a change since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Overnight stays by those from the Gulf states increased by over twenty seven percent in 2012, an increase over the previous year, and now totalling 1.3 million. Predictions made are that this will rise to 1.5 million by the end of 2013, and is expected to go on increasing, reaching a massive two million by 2020.

Munich, Germany’s capital city and also the popular woods of the Bavarian region are also in the top three choices, with forty percent of Gulf state visitors making them the most popular choices of destination within Germany‚Äôs borders.

Due to this trend, and the predicted increase in visitors all the way up to 2020, Germany has the confidence to keep investing in it’s tourism market making it one of the most popular choices for visitors to Europe, half of which are from foreign soil, and Berlin is expected to remain the top choice for those from the Gulf for the foreseeable future.