Europe and Germany preferred destination for American tourists

Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017

indexEurope is a sought after summer destination this year with the stronger U.S. dollar making the region a more affordable option for Americans thinking of vacationing overseas.

On Wednesday, tourism officials from Southwest Germany sought to convey in a pitch in Fort Lauderdale to travel and lifestyle writers. The presentation on the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg highlighted its castle and museum attractions, arts and culture, hotels, spas and rich Michelin-rated culinary scene.

Inga Gorr, marketing manager, State Tourist Board of Baden-Wurttemberg said, “We’re quite a small state compared to other regions in Germany however we are very diverse. The U.S. is one of the top three overseas markets for us in Southwest Germany and we definitely try to promote our region at least once or twice a year here in the states, mostly on the East Coast. New York and Florida would be our primary targets.”

Gorr later hosted a group of about 20 South Florida travel agents for dinner.

Called “The Sunny Side of Germany” because it averages more than 1,700 hours of sunshine annually, Baden-Wurttemberg boasts the highest concentration of castles of any state in Germany. Among the most popular are the Heidelberg Castle and Hohenzollern Castle. The region is home to Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Baden-Baden as well as the Black Forest Highlands, known for its Black Forest Cake, Black Forest Ham and Cuckoo clock. Baden-Wurttemberg has more than 70 Michelin rated restaurants, more than any other region in Germany. Stuttgart, the region’s capital, is also home to renowned carmakers Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

From South Florida, Lufthansa, AirBerlin and Eurowings offer nonstop flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt, but primarily from Miami International Airport.

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