The German National Tourist Office, along with 22 suppliers representing Germany's travel regions, air, hotel and rail partners, visited Vancouver this week on its Fall Roadshow. Agents mingled with suppliers during cocktails, and enjoyed a dinner presentation with supplier roundtables and a trade show.
Speaking to the group, Antje Splettstoesser of German National Tourist Board was proud to announce that in 2016, Germany welcomed 80 million tourists, with 620,000 of those coming from Canada.
“Germany is a country of diversity, and represents great value for money,” she said. “We are successful because of all of you, so thank you for your interest, for selling us, and we look forward to welcoming you and your clients to Germany."
Serviced by 18 major airports, 27,000 miles of railway, the Autobahn and 6,000 miles of waterways, travellers can explore Germany's sixteen federal states with ease. From Canada, air service includes Air Canada & Rouge, Lufthansa, Condor and Air Berlin.
Reasons to visit Germany include historic towns, arts and cultures, music, river cruising, cuisine, and the ubiquitous beer & wine regions, and Christmas markets. More information is available at www.germany.travel. Below is a recap of the evening's presentations.
AC services Frankfurt from Vancouver & Ottawa on a seasonal basis, and year-round from Calgary, Montreal and Toronto (Toronto offers service to Munich as well). Equipment includes mainline and rouge, 787 Dreamliners and 767. www.aircanada.com
Known for its mineral spas and Germany's largest opera house, Baden-Baden is just one and a half hours from Basel, perfect for day trips, pre and post river cruise stays. www.baden-baden.com
Black Forest Highlands
Known for cuckoo clocks and black forest cake, the region also offers a complimentary tourist card with free entrance to over 70 attractions in the area. www.visitblackforest.info
Bremen & Bremerhaven
Located in Northwest Germany, the two cities offer maritime atmosphere and the German Emigration Center. www.bremen-bremerhaven.de
Dusseldorf Tourist Board
Ranked as the sixth best place to live in the world, Dusseldorf has a mix of modern and medieval feel, offers over 100 museums and galleries, and is the fashion capital of Germany. www.visitdusseldorf.de
Germany’s largest airport serves 200 worldwide destinations and is the gateway to explore the country. The airport is family-friendly with special security gates, playgrounds, and fun zones. Agents are encouraged to learn more at www.FRAcademy.net and www.frankfurt-airport.com
Frankfurt Tourist & Congress Board
On the banks of the Rhine, Frankfurt offers over 60 museums, a historic center, and the famous apple wine. www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Freiburg Tourist Board
Located in south-west Germany near the Black Forest, Freiburg just added 700 new hotel beds for visitors to enjoy farmers markets, wine region, thermal spas and the Europa Park. www.freiburg.de
Globus Family of Brands
Globus and Cosmos offer 10 per cent EBB savings on packages to Germany, ranging from 8-12 days departing between April and October. Tours include city centre hotels, VIP access to attractions, personal headsets, and a focus on culinary and history. The Monograms program offers packages in Munich & Berlin. www.agentlingo.ca
Historic Highlights of Germany
This area includes 17 historic cities stretching from the Black Forest to the Baltic Sea. Visitors can explore off-the-beaten-track destinations with over 700 years of history. www.historicgermany.com
Insight encourages you to book your clients on the 2020 Passion Play tour soon – space is expected to sell out by November of this year. www.insightvacations.com
Lufthansa German Airlines
Lufthansa is going through digitalization of its services – from electronic baggage tracking to in-flight e-journals available for download before flying. The airline is spending $4 billion to upgrade inflight services including premium economy seats, internet access, and upgraded meals. www.lufthansa.com
Founded in 1969, family-owned Maritim Hotels offers 33 first class, 4-star properties all centrally located in Germany’s major cities. www.maritim.com
Munich Tourist Office
Germany’s third largest city is known for the arts with over 120 museums and galleries, and cuisine – with over 5,000 restaurants offering Bavarian fare. Munich is also an ideal gateway to explore the Alps and neighbouring Austria. www.simply-munich.com
Nuremberg Tourist Board
With over 950 years of history, the most traditional Christmas market, and proximity to all Bavarian cities, Nuremberg has over 300 hotels to accommodate visitors. www.tourismus.nuernberg.de
Rail Europe will be offering special rates on German rail passes in October, which includes reservations on all trains. Agents should be making bookings through www.agent.raileurope.com
In the southeast corner of Germany bordering the Czech Republic and Poland, Saxony offers museums, classical music and the oldest Christmas market. It is here that Martin Luther wrote the Protestant Reformation in 1517. www.saxonytourism.com
The 385-km Romantic Road winds through 28 towns from the Main River to the Alps, where visitors can explore nature, palace and castles along the way. Tour packagess include walking, hiking, biking or by motor coach. www.romanticroad.de
Located in South West Germany, Stuttgart’s attractions include the Porsche and Mercedes museums, wine growing region, and excursions to the Black Forest. www.stuttgart-tourist.com
TravelBound offers 10,000 hotels in Germany, private excursions and pre and post stays for cruise guests, as well as transfers between airport, port, hotel and train stations. Agents can earn 2% bonus commission for bookings made in September for travel by end of 2017. www.gotravelbound.com
Located 30 minutes from Frankfurt, Weisbaden has 26 hot springs, and hosts a 10-day wine festival yearly in August. www.wiesbaden.eu