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Germany eyes 8 per cent growth of Indian travellers in 2018

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Picture this: Over 5,000 beers from 1,300 breweries, 300 types of bread, 1,500 types of sausage, 13 wine regions, 292 Michelin-starred restaurants, 3,000 to 5,000 markets -- and 2,000 Indian restaurants. No wonder attracted 852,224 Indian visitor overnights in 2017, a 13.8 per cent growth over 2016 and forecasts a 5-8 per cent growth in 2018.

"Like India, is equally diverse. Every 100 kilometres there's a new cuisine. In keeping with this, we've chosen "Culinary Germany-More to explore" as our core global marketing theme this year," Romit Theophilus, the of the (GNTO), told reporters here at its annual news conference.

"Food forms an integral part of any travellers itinerary. Experiencing the local flavours helps enhance the flavour of any holiday and makes for everlasting impressions," he added.

"is sure to satiate any travellers appetite. From 'Pannfisch' fried fish in the north to green sauce and 'Bratwurst' sausages in Central to dumplings, 'Maultaschen' pasta pockets and 'Eisbein' ham hock in the South -- German cuisine is as diverse as the country's varied landscape," Theophilus said.

Speaking specifically about Indian tourists, he said the GNTO's Vision 2030 anticipated 2 million visitor nights by 2030.

In this context, Theophilus noted that the German National Tourist Office, India, now boasts of over 1 million followers on its platform.

"We had envisioned that our page would be the hub for interactions and discussions on all things related to travel to and we are happy to see the popularity of the page amongst enthusiasts. With engagement rates of 16 per cent on an average, the page has become the regular haunt for travellers looking at exploring new experiences," he said.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 17:32 IST
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