Italy emerges as Germans' top destination
25 October 2007, Berlin (dpa) Concerns about global warming have done little to curb the German wanderlust, with surveys showing Italy as the top foreign destination of world's travel champions.
25 October 2007
Berlin (dpa) Concerns about global warming have done little to curb the German wanderlust, with surveys showing Italy as the top foreign destination of world's travel champions.
In addition to confirming Italy, Spain, Austria and France as the leading summer hot spots for Germans, two surveys this month also point to a lack of concern by German tourists about climate change.
A holiday survey mounted by the European Tourism Institute found 93 per cent of Germans did not take global warming into account when they planned their vacations this year.
"This clearly shows it is not a relevant issue for the world's travel champions, the Germans," said institute chief Heinz-Dieter Quack.
Only a few summer travellers said they had abandoned plans to fly to their holiday destinations because of worries about climate change.
Based on a survey of 2,000 people, the institute said 48 per cent of Germans had a minimum of five days' vacation during the summer. For many of those in search of summer sun the car was the best means of travel.
A survey of the internet route planners for more than two million members of the German automobile club (ADAC) found the lust for lounging around in the summer heat took them across the Alps and principally to Italy.
This is despite the opening up of cheaper tourist destinations in Central and Eastern Europe, following the implosion of communism and the expansion of European Union membership into the region.
However, both surveys also showed a majority of Germans preferred to vacation at home.
More than 32 per cent of those questioned in the European Tourism Institute survey said they spent their holidays in Germany, which also reflected a trend among Germans to take shorter vacations.
Among foreign destinations, Italy came top with 9.6 per cent, closely followed Spain with 9.5 per cent. More than 6 per cent said they went on holiday to Austria or France.
Italy emerged as the big winner among campers. The ADAC survey showed 23.1 per cent of those opting for camping holidays last summer chose Italy compared to 21.2 per cent who pitched their tents in Germany.
Subject: German news