Central American destinations topped the five-year ranking table.
The Caribbean and Central America generally made a solid comeback last year after devastating hurricanes ripped holes in the tourism figures of some destinations in 2018.
The Caribbean welcomed 5% more international visitors last year and Central America had a 2% increase, according to the World Tourism Organization. Winners on the German market last year were mostly smaller destinations such as Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
But several big destinations saw heavy downturns once again, the fvw Destination Ranking 2020 showed. The Dominican Republic saw German visitor numbers slump by over 17% following an 18% fall the previous year while Cuba had a 16% drop in German tourists after a 14% decline in 2018. Both these destinations were particularly impacted by the insolvency of Thomas Cook, which had brought them substantial numbers of German holidaymakers.
Following Messe Berlin’s cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020, fvw has decided to go ahead with production and publication of its official ‘ITB Daily’ as scheduled on March 4, 5 and 6. The three issues will be published as digital ‘e-Dailies’ and are available on the following website page: https://www.fvw.de/daily
Jamaica suffered a 29% fall after two years of strong growth while Mexico saw a slight drop following two years of double-digit growth.