Guests staying within the city’s hotels climbed by 1.8 percent to 12.96 million, with the number of nights stayed up slightly by 0.3 percent to 31.15 million. German guests still account for the largest proportion of overnight stays (55.1 percent), posting 1.6 percent growth. However, 5.1 million international guests travelled to Berlin, a 1.2 percent jump, while the number of nights at hotels fell by 1.4 percent to 13.98 million.
Large numbers of the city's international guests came from the UK, the US, and Spain. Countries posting strong growth were Russia, Brazil, and the US.
A quarter of all overnight stays, 7.9 million, were by visitors attending conferences, trade fairs, and conventions. 2017 saw some 11.7 million people, up by one percent over 2016, attend 140,200 events, up by two percent.
"airberlin’s insolvency and the unsatisfactory situation concerning our airport have had a dampening effect,” warned Burkhard Kieker, CEO, visitBerlin. “City tourism does not run all by itself. This applies to Berlin, too. That's why we need everyone to redouble their efforts."