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Germany's incoming tourism figures have reached a record high for the 10th time in a row in 2019. This is according to (preliminary) data from the Federal Statistical Office, 89,9 million international overnight stays in accommodation were registered from January to December.

A new campaign is aiming to bring more visitors to South West Scotland by showcasing the remarkable offering of the South West Coastal 300 (SWC300) touring route.

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has launched its worldwide ‘Discover Beethoven’ theme campaign just in time for the start of the anniversary year marking Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday.

"With 21,8 million cultural travellers, we are the number one cultural destination in Europe," explains Petra Hedorfer, chairwoman, executive board, GNTB. "To strengthen Germany's outstanding position as a nation of music, we are setting further digital priorities with the Beethoven campaign.”

In addition to the central points of interest in the Bonn region, the campaign will also include activities throughout Germany to strengthen the demand for cultural tourism in general, and the basic theme 'Musikland Deutschland' in particular.

Because of the anniversary, Lonely Planet has ranked Beethoven's birthplace, Bonn, number five among the cities worldwide to be visited in 2020. Cooperation with Beethoven Anniversary Society the GNTB has signed a cooperation agreement with the Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft mbH (Beethoven Anniversary Society) to market the anniversary abroad jointly.

The subsidiary of the Beethoven House Foundation is responsible for organising, promoting, and coordinating the anniversary year as an event with international appeal and regional roots. By integrating the GNTB's global networks, the joint activity is going to be communicated even more efficiently internationally and will open up new markets.

A delegation of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism, headed by Savvas Perdios, deputy minister, visited Saudi Arabia and Dubai on November 18-21.

The Nicosia Tourism Board organised the second workshop (Workshop B) between the Cult - CreaTE project partners with the ultimate goal of promoting creative tourism in Nicosia.

The Deputy Ministry of Tourism has informed the coastal municipalities and communities of the launch of the grant scheme for beach planning and safety projects, with an emphasis on improving infrastructure for people with disabilities during the 2019-2020 period.