German Parliament Acknowledges Importance of Cycling Tourism
BERLIN, Germany – “Cycling tourism is an important economic factor in Germany, and especially in rural areas it is vital for small and medium businesses,” says Raimund Jennert of the German Bicycle Club (ADFC).
This importance was affirmed by the German Parliament who voted for a proposal to stimulate regional tourism more than before and cycling in particular.
In Germany tourism generates nearly €280 billion in sales. Around 2.9 million people, that’s seven per cent of the total employment, work in tourism. According to the German Bicycle Club ADFC approximately ten percent thereof can be attributed to bike tourism.
The Parliament’s proposal enhances cycling as a gentle opportunity for tourism development in the country and highlights the importance of the ADFC’s ‘Bed Bike’ label. The establishments of certified cycling -friendly hotels in rural areas opens up ‘new opportunities’.