Destination Germany has reported that it reached the 400 million overnight stay mark in 2012, with growth in the volume of overnight stays by international visitors providing much of the momentum.

In 2012 the German Federal Statistical Office recorded 338.43 million domestic overnight stays and 68.83 million overnight stays by visitors from abroad in accommodations with more than 10n beds resulting in 407.26 million overnight stays overall.

"Germany is becoming increasingly attractive to people from other countries," said Ernst Burgbacher, member of the German parliament, parliamentary state secretary at the federal Ministry for Economics and Technology and federal government’s commissioner for tourism.

Germany recorded a total of 4.85 million overnight stays by U.S. visitors, up 4.2 per cent on the previous year. "The U.S. market is going from strength to strength and has played a promising role in this new record result. If Destination Germany continues to perform well, we are optimistic to be on track to achieve 5.9 million overnight stays by U.S. travelers by 2020," said Ricarda Lindner, regional manager of the Americas, German National Tourist Office (GNTO).