For the fifth time in a row, Germany has achieved a new record in terms of overnight stays by international visitors, thereby strengthening its position within the worldwide competition.
"Niche" is the buzzword in Berlin as the 49th edition of the world's largest travel show, the ITB, gets underway in the booming capital. German tour operators are looking ahead to brisk business once again.
German youth hostels gained more members last year, but the number of overnight stays dropped significantly. They face strong competition from privately owned hostels - especially in Germany's big cities.