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Even before Oktoberfest: Munich outshines Frankfurt in international business travel

Neu-Isenburg, 16 September 2022

Munich is a popular destination for business travelers – and not only during Oktoberfest. Corporate payment specialist AirPlus took a close look at their travel habits.

Even before Oktoberfest, Munich has become the top German destination for international travelers* this year: 23.7 percent of their trips to Germany so far have been to the Bavarian capital. Frankfurt follows in second place with 22.3 percent and Hamburg in third with a share of 14.3 percent, according to the AirPlus Business Travel Index.

After a two-year break, numerous business travelers are likely to follow the "bleisure" travel trend again this year and combine a business trip with a visit to Oktoberfest. An evaluation of the transactions for airline tickets processed via AirPlus shows that almost every tenth business trip in Germany during the last Oktoberfest in 2019 had Munich as its destination. Most of these trips departed from Düsseldorf Airport, followed by Hamburg and Berlin.

According to the AirPlus Business Travel Index, Oktoberfest 2019 was also a popular destination for international business travelers. The Dutch, Americans and Italians in particular booked an above-average number of flights to Munich during the two weeks of Oktoberfest compared to the year as a whole. They preferred traveling with greater comfort too: at 9.3 percent, the share of business class tickets was slightly above the annual average of 8.5 percent.

*Source: AirPlus Business Travel Index. Based on an analysis of the AirPlus core markets: Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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