A new study by the Berlin Club Commission finds that club tourism brings in an estimated €1.5 billion euros to the city each year.
The figure comes from a study called “Club Culture Berlin 2019,” which pulls data from the previous year using surveys from venues and partygoers. In 2018, three million tourists visited Berlin for its world-renowned nightlife, staying on average 2.4 days and spending €205 per day.
Lutz Leichsenring, spokesman for the Club Commission, said clubs like Berghain, Watergate and Tresor are a “unique selling proposition” for the city.
The study also found that 280 official organizers employed nearly 9,000 people and offered 58,000 events throughout the year. This generated approximately €168 million in revenue, mostly from drink sales. The average entrance fee for a Berlin club remains between five and €15.
But money doesn’t mean Berlin’s scene is completely secure. The Berlin Club Commission warns that rising rents have made it more difficult for clubs to operate, especially if they’re open-air venues. They call for a similar bill to London’s “Agent Of Change” principle, which makes real estate developers responsible for noise protection when building near a music venue.