Suspicious-looking locals getting examined at the Oktoberfest gates. Why would a little control, a fence, and a bit of a terror alert, put anyone off from having fun, anyway? (photo: Merkur/Schlaf)
Oktoberfest: Dramatic Drop in Visitors
by Egri Nök
An original translation from German news magazine Focus.
Disastrous Stats: This is the bitter balance sheet of ‘Wiesn’ [shortened name of Oktoberfest] 2016
September 7, 2017
The city of Munich has announced the accounting for Oktoberfest 2016 in a statistics publication. Visitors, beer, bratwurst — there was a strong decline just about everywhere.
Only 5.6 million visitors came to the largest Volksfest in the world. A record low of the last 16 years. Affairs were bleak for the Wiesn-Innkeepers, too: only 66,231 hectolitres of beer were drunk in 2016, 15 percent less than in previous years.
Bratwurst sales dropped from more than 500,000 to less than 300,000.
Innkeeper spokesman Toni Roiderer cites the bad weather at the start of the Wiesn, and the fear of terror as reasons for the decrease.
But there is good news, too
But there is good news, too: The number of crimes and the number of rescue missions by paramedics and firefighters dropped, compared with previous years. And the number of crimes reported dropped by 25%, compared with the last five years. There were 15% fewer “drunken bodies” than in previous years.