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TRAVEL INDUSTRY CLUB GERMANY

(Forimmediaterelease.net) FROM A LAND OF WORLD CHAMPION TRAVELLERS TO A LAND OF TOURISM:
EVERY SIXTH EMPLOYEE IN GERMANY IS ACTIVE IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY – THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY CLUB CALLS FOR GREATER POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR THE TOURISM SECTOR IN GERMANY.

The travel industry in Germany has a much more significant role in employment creation than previously considered. On Saturday, a publicly released analysis from the University of Heilbronn concluded that around 6.2 million people, or 17% of the work force in Germany, are directly or indirectly active in the tourism industry. In comparison, the automobile or machine industries are responsible for only 2% of the work force in Germany. The secondary analysis, commissioned by the Travel Industry Club (TIC), also concluded that the effect on employment in the tourism industry will radically increase in the coming years.

Dirk Bremer, President of the Travel Industry Club, a club made up of important decision makers from the travel industry, commented: “The analysis clearly indicates what importance the tourism industry has for the economics of Germany. However it also raises questions as to whether the socio-political importance of tourism and its future success in our country is adequately positioned.”

The TIC President further commented: “The Federal Government needs to carefully consider if it really allocates sufficient resources to allow for maximum potential in the sector of tourism. In other comparable countries, Ministers or State Secretaries are responsible for tourism, whereas in Germany the political responsibilities for this sector are only given to commissaries – with a small administration team of two.”

Dirk Bremer: “Germany is becoming more and more attractive as a destination, especially for those from the emerging markets in Asia. The success of the FIFA World Cup last year, not only reflected what a great host Germany was, but also proved that Germany has developed into a major tourist destination. Our country is becoming increasingly popular for those from within Europe, Asia and North America. Organisations, such as the German National Tourist Board, have played an important role in the success of developing Germany as a major travel destination. The move to create a more service-orientated society, an initiative of the tourism industry, needs to be better socio-politically positioned and accordingly supported. It is now the Federal Governments duty to finally recognise the importance of this industry and allocate sufficient resources for the future.”

Professor Dr. Christian Buer, Dean at the Heilbronn University: “The acquisition of data in the tourism industry can be complicated because you are dealing with cross-sectional industries that interweave into other branches of trade. Even when the results of the secondary analysis are not exhaustive, it can be more than assumed that approximately every sixth employee is active directly or indirectly in tourism. Furthermore, the official figures for the gross domestic product (GDP) of approx. 3% were found to be considerably higher in our analysis. In a climate where many companies belonging to the manufacturing industry are leaving Germany as a business location, the service industry of tourism is one of the most promising prospects for employment creation. This opportunity should not be missed.”

The Travel Industry Club is an independent, non-bias economic forum and network platform for decision makers in the Travel Industry. The main objective of this association is to increase the awareness and highlight the economic importance of leisure and business travel in areas of politics, finance, the media, and amongst the general public.

www.travelindustryclub.de

Further press information: Thomas C. Wilde Travel Industry Club Tel. +49 (0)89 - 17 91 90 – 0 Thomas.Wilde@travelindustryclub.de

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