Currently, Germany is one of the destinations preferred by Romanian tourists and the second favorite vacation destination, as 525,000 Romanians went to Germany last year, Werner Hans Lauk, German Ambassador to Bucharest, stated yesterday at a DZT (German Tourism Organization) conference. In the first half of 2013, the number of trips from Romania to Germany reported a significant 12 percent increase compared to 2012, with 285,000 overnight trips. The overall turnover of trips taken by Romanian tourists to Germany was over EUR 300 million in 2012. 35 percent of Romanians traveled to Germany to spend time off work, while 40 percent traveled to visit particular cities and attend special events, and 41 percent of visits were made for business purposes. Bayern was the Bundesland most frequently visited by Romanian tourists, with 30.2 percent of all overnight stays, followed by Baden-Wurttemberg (19.7 percent). Overall, 93 percent of Romanian trips to Germany were stays over four days. On average, Romanians spent EUR 658 during their visits to Germany in 2012. According to DZT representatives, tourism accounts for 13 percent of Germany’s GDP and provides larger revenues than the car industry, which is responsible for a little over 9 percent of the nation’s GDP. DZT estimates Romanians will take over 600,000 trips to Germany by the end of 2013.