Germany’s tourist hotspots reported that business have been hit as a result of travelers’ fearing pickpockets, terror attacks, and sex assaults if they visit.
Heidelberg’s marketing director Steffen Schmid reported that significantly fewer tourists are visiting the popular getaway city than traveled last year. Compared to May 2015, the number of tourists from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan declined by 40 per cent. There was also a 10 per cent drop in the number of U.S. visitors from last year.
Mr. Schmid attributed the slump to the fear of terrorism which, he said, helped him decide to focus the city’s marketing efforts in future on attracting German and other European visitors. Tourism is among the historic destination’s largest sources of income.