Denmark is one lucky country for being a survivor amid the global economic crisis. While other countries continue to suffer or are still in the recovery process, this Scandinavian nation has shown strength in many aspects including tourism.
In terms of visitors, the country’s tourism agency is happy to report that Denmark recorded a 5.8 percent increase in overnight stays from Americans. The positive figure was recorded in August this year which was contrary to last year’s rate. The July 2009 figure was even higher at 8.1 percent.
An official from the tourism agency VisitDenmark’s North American division revealed that the hike in visitors started in the second quarter of 2009. This is attributed to the summer season covering the months of May to September being the peak of tourism in Denmark. A major factor seen in the increase in visitors was the Baltic cruise which offered discounted fares. The Danish capital of Copenhagen is a popular port of call for cruise liners whether for pre or post cruise stays.
Another reason why Americans prefer to go to Denmark is its being an environment friendly destination. PhoCusWright, a travel research firm, reported that 44 percent of travelers coming from the U.S. are conscious about carbon emissions and other environmental elements when they plan for their travels. In addition, a third of these Americans would rather go for a green travel.
Currently, several hotels in Denmark have started to observe eco friendly practices. Among them, the Raddisson Blu Royal is the first five-star hotel in the country to obtain the Swan certification. This certification is given only to establishments that apply eco friendly practices in their daily operations. So far, 21 hotels and nine properties in Denmark have been awarded this Swan certification as well as the Green Key certification. The Green Key is an international label given to leisure establishments that meet requirements in environment sustainability.