Tourism as an economic factor in Germany

The study commissioned by the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) uses internationally established economic statistical methods to present the economic significance of tourism in Germany within the framework of a Tourism Satellite Account.

In accordance with the official economic statistics of the Federal Statistical Office, the structure and level of tourism consumption and the associated effects on gross value added and employment are recorded. The study also deals with the effects of digitisation on the tourism industry.

The key findings of the study confirm the great importance of the German tourism industry for Germany as a business location. The tourism demand of 287.2 billion euros, of which 39.6 billion euros alone were generated by guests from abroad, led to a gross value added of 105.3 billion euros in 2015. The tourism industry thus contributes a share of 3.9 per cent to the total gross value added of the German economy.

The study also shows some changes compared to the survey published in 2012: for example, Germans took fewer day trips, which also led to lower spending in this segment.

Link to study

Link to press release of the BMWi

Link to the website of the BTW with a summary of the results and English version