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By Samara Meade

Germany is booming: that was the message that resonated loud and clear at last night’s National Tourism Office of Germany event at Toronto’s Boiler House Loft.

Antje Splettstoesser and Carina Schumacher of the tourist board revealed that the country boasted some 75.5 million overnight stays in 2014—that’s an impressive increase of five percent from the previous year.

They also explained that the destination is a big hit with Canada’s foodies. From Black Forest gateau to the Rhenish ‘Sauerbraten’ (braised beef marinated in vinegar), there is a dish in Germany to please all palates. There are also over 1,300 breweries and more than 100,000 hectares of vineyards to explore.

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Do you have clients who enjoy the great outdoors? Schumacher described a few of the country’s 150 scenic routes, including the ‘Castle Route’, which covers 1,200 kilometres and 70 castles. In contrast, the ‘German Clock Route’ takes travellers through the Black Forest.

Clients with a competitive side can head to the Baltic coast and take part in the ‘Beach Chair Racing Competitions’, while those with a gentler persona can check out Bavaria’s famous ‘Alpine Cattle Drive’, where flower-adorned cattle are led into the villages to the sound of cowbells. The Hamburg Port Anniversary in May is another popular tradition, attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year—making it the biggest port festival in the world.

Whether your clients want to experience the eclectic city of Berlin, drive through the Bavarian countryside or dance at the Cologne Carnival, Schumacher and Splettstoesser made it clear that Germany’s culture and traditions allow people from all over the world to unite and celebrate.

www.germany.travel/tradition

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