Cologne, February 27, 2020
- 3.83 million arrivals (+3.4 per cent), 6.58 million overnight stays (+4.6 per cent)
- Best year ever in the history of Cologne’s tourism development
- A big impact for Cologne as a business destination
- Higher percentage of international visitors
- Meeting market grows: 53,397 events involving 4.44 million participants
Cologne as a travel destination has achieved another record high in the number of overnight stays. According to IT.NRW, 3.83 million visitors came to Cologne in the tourism year 2019, representing an increase of 3.4 per cent on the prior year. The accommodation businesses that are obligated to report visitors in Cologne counted a total of 6.58 million overnight stays. This represents an increase of 4.6 percent on the figure for 2018. The number of visitors from abroad rose especially strongly, registering a 5.7 per cent increase of arrivals and a 7.5 per cent increase of overnight stays.
Cologne’s meeting market continued to develop positively as well. A total of 53,397 events (+1.2 per cent) with 4.44 million participants (+2.2 per cent) were held in 2019.
Elisabeth Thelen, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Cologne Tourist Board:
“This large number of overnight stays clearly demonstrates how much turnover is generated by travellers every year in the hotel sector alone, especially given that Cologne has Germany’s second-highest average room rate of 118 Euro. Added to this are expenditures in the gastronomy sector, in cultural facilities and in the retail trade. This important cross-sectoral industry also generates about 150 million Euro in public revenue for the city. This makes tourism one of the main pillars of Cologne’s economy.”