COLOGNE, February 23, 2022
- 1.5 million arrivals (+2.5 per cent), 2.8 million overnight stays (+8.1 per cent)
- Second half of the year: lively summer months and good for trade fairs in autumn
- Cologne Tourist Board: future-oriented and sustainable realignment
In 2021 tourism in Cologne was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. Even though the reference year 2020 still had two months of very good capacity utilisation before the pandemic registered, the total number of arrivals and overnight stays rose slightly in 2021. The State Statistical Office of North Rhine-Westphalia, IT.NRW, registered 1.5 million arrivals and 2.8 million overnight stays in the city on the Rhine. These figures represent an increase of 2.5 per cent for registered arrivals in Cologne’s hotels and 8.1 per cent for overnight stays. This increase is more twice the average for the state.
“The pandemic has clearly influenced tourism in Cologne for the second year in a row. However, there was a visible trend towards recovery and normalisation during the months when the measures were eased in the second half of the year,” states Dr Jürgen Amann, CEO of the Cologne Tourist Board. “A lively summer, which was supported and boosted by our mix of targeted measures in nearby markets, as well as the very good autumn, which featured trade fairs such as Anuga, caused the level of tourism to be acceptable as a whole in 2021, given that we still had to contend with the pandemic. Our analysis of the development as well as the corresponding marketing activities in Germany and the immediately neighbouring markets have paid off.”