Copenhagen, winter, tourism, visitors, number, stats, incoming, inbound, Tivoli, open, February, anniversary
Frederiksberg (Wonderful Copenhagen)

Copenhagen’s winter visitor boom

Tourists are visiting in winter at double the rate in the summer months.

While the number of people staying overnight in Copenhagen in summer has risen by an encouraging 32% in the last eight years, that pales in comparison with the winter months.

The number of winter tourists visiting Copenhagen has risen remarkably in recent years, reports the Danish business news site Berlingske Business.

For the first three months of the year, there has been a 70% jump in tourists visiting the Danish capital between 2010 and 2017, or an average of 8.75% per year.

Measured by the number of overnight hotel stays during the period, it almost doubled, from 1 million in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2017 – an 80% increase, which contrasts with the 32% rise during the summer months.

Tivoli factor
Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, chief executive of the destination marketers Wonderful Copenhagen, attributes the boom to “progress in winter tourism in the metropolitan area over several years”.

And Tivoli’s decision to open this February for a special three-week winter season will boost visitor numbers even more in 2018, according to Aarø-Hansen. Other events in Copenhagen in 2018 are also expected to boost the stats.

Tivoli has recently invested DKK 10 million (€1.34 million) into new rides and a skating rink and is opening this February as part of its 175-year anniversary celebrations.

Related stories

Cool events in Copenhagen in 2018

Copenhagen among fast-growing destinations

Copenhagen declares “end of tourism”