Germans take their towels away
Holidaying Britons battling to beat the Germans to the best spots on the beach might have more chance now.
For the number of Germans taking beach holidays is falling, according to a survey.
Germans are taking their trips, and their towels, away from seaside resorts and more towards cities and cruises, the poll for the ITB Berlin travel trade show found.
In 1998, as many as 64.5% of holidays taken by Germans were beach trips but now this figure has fallen to 58.5%.
In contrast, the German cruise market has risen 95% since 2002 and the number of Germans travelling on city breaks has risen 53% since 2000.
Martin Buck of ITB Berlin said: "More and more Germans want to experience something new when they are away and would like to get to know a country and its people."