The following is a guest-post from Samantha Evans discussing how sports and food are critical to Germany’s tourism industry.
Germany is known for it’s beautiful parks, natural biosphere reserves, and mouth-watering gastronomic adventures. Germany is enjoying a sustainable tourism industry because of its sporting landscape. A look at Germany’s national football team will show how sports contributes to sustainable tourism in Germany.
While the Euro 2016 tournament rumbles on, Germany remains one of the teams to beat. As of this moment, the squad still hasn’t conceded a single goal. They are currently dominating their opponents in the process, so much so that Betfair’s tournament page warns they must guard against complacency.
Michael Lintorn wrote a piece about how the German team got burned out in the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup. He discussed the lopsided victories against England (4-1) and Argentina (4-0). Now, many may be wondering how this success translates to the country’s tourism industry. It’s important to understand the size of these sporting events to German citizens.
Just like a country’s culinary landscape, sports, in general, contributes to the overall sustainability and development of its tourism industry. There are the aspects of social dimensions, which focus on both the positive and negative effects on locals when it comes to hosting a sporting event.
There is also the economy to consider. Officials generally hope for positive outcomes (ticket sales, hotel bookings, etc.). There are also environmental factors in play. Local decision-makers should be aware that this facet is their tourism product’s main selling point.
Hosting sporting events also brings forth needed funds to keep historical sites, traditional practices, and natural backgrounds.
Having a popular national football team or local clubs such as Germany’s results in the emergence of massive, state-of-the-art stadiums.The Allianz Arena, which is Bayern Munich’s home ground which was constructed by the renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is considered a tourist magnet.
It offers guided tours in English to attract visitors from all over the globe. They also offer special trips for kids, seniors, and people with disabilities. The Allianz Arena has comprehensive shopping areas where both local and tourists can buy authentic memorabilia and souvenirs.
While a sports stadium like the Allianz Arena offers an array of delicacies, there’s still nothing like experiencing Germany’s food tourism industry. German cuisine uses a lot of pork, chicken, and beef. A BBC report shows how the country’s citizens consume an average of about 60 kilograms of meat in a year. Game meats such as rabbit and boar can be bought in supermarkets and are even included in some high-profile restaurants.
Going to Germany doesn’t automatically involve going on walking food tours or trying out specialty dishes. Travellers can still enjoy a true local gastronomic experience with their daily meals. A basic German breakfast consists of coffee, eggs, and toast, albeit with a different twist. Meat spreads like Leberwurst – or liver sausage – are sold as perfect partners of morning breads. Muesli, in contrast, is a type of cereal that has gained worldwide popularity in recent years.
Germany’s sports and food industry goes hand in hand with creating a sustainable tourism industry. These two factors open other opportunities, starting a ripple effect of global travellers who are looking to experience the true German culture.