Large numbers of Brits travelled on cheap flights to Germany last year despite the economic uncertainty, figures from the United World Tourism Organisation have revealed.
Despite a slow start to 2009, there was a 0.79 percent increase in UK travellers heading to the country from November to December, with many tempted by Christmas markets and skiing holidays.
The figures mean that the UK has now become Germany’s third largest European travel market, with British overnight stays having increased by 3.3 percent in January compared to the same month last year.
Klaus Lohmann, the German National Tourist Board’s (GNTB) UK and Ireland director, said the country’s tourism industry is "looking very positively into the future".
"Over the next couple of years the GNTB is expecting an overall growth in overnights stays between one to three percent," he explained.
During 2009, approximately 8.4 percent of all foreign arrivals in Germany came from the UK, while 0.7 percent travelled from Ireland.
Meanwhile, Flybe said last week that its flights to Hannover from Birmingham were proving especially popular ahead of the Easter weekend.