Wuppertal is the largest industrial, economical, educational and cultural centre of the Bergische Land by representing a true treasure for nature and architecture lovers at the same time: the valley of the Wupper flows 20 kilometres through the city area and passes through the untouched nature of the Bergische Land in the southern parts of Wuppertal. The city itself is considered a real jewellery due to its 4,500 monuments and the large villa district of the Gründerzeit era - the Briller Quarter. The so-called "Green City" is situated south from the Ruhrgebiet and ranks 17th position of Germany´s largest cities.
Positive developement on the labour market in the first half of 2015, unemployment rate decreases continuously to 9.7%. in 2014, the unemployment rate showed a result of 10.8%.
The biggest employers
Bayer, approx. 2,600 employees
Barmenia Health Insurance, approx. 2,000 employees
Vorwerk, approx. 2,000 employees
Axalta Coating Systems (former DuPont), approx. 2,000 employees
BARMER GEK, approx. 1,700 employees
Schaeffler Technologies (FAG), approx. 1,290 employees
E/D/E Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler, approx. 900 employees
Knipex, approx. 850 employees
Delphi Deutschland, approx. 800 employees
Coroplast, approx. 750 employees
Brose Schließsysteme, approx. 700 employees
Source: Wirtschaftsförderung Wuppertal
HIGHTECH LOCATION WITH TRADITONAL ROOTS
Making the most of successful traditions, promoting modern technologies and thus setting new standards - this would best describe the current structural development of Wuppertal. Wuppertal, which is known the world over for its "Schwebebahn" (suspension railway), is a university city with around 350,000 inhabitants. The city is home to numerous enterprises from the modern industries of biotechnology, automotive systems, environmental technology and multimedia.
High-ranking national and international large-scale enterprises such as Bayer Health Care, Vorwerk, varnish manufacturer DuPont, the world's largest electronics supplier of the automobile industry Delphi, Germany's largest health insurance company BarmerGEK, private insurer Barmenia or the renowned fibre manufacturers Teijin and Membrana are evidence of the location's innovative and economic power.
At the same time, the city is one of the oldest and most famous industrial cities in Germany with old-established tool, textile, chemical and mechanical engineering enterprises, which play an important role both today and for the future and have a considerable effect on the location's development. Our roots are the foundation for the new shoots of tomorrow.
WUPPERTAL AND THE BERGISCHE LAND
Already for the fifth time in succession tourism in North Rhine-Westphalia has attained a record result: In 2014 21.2 million guests (+4,2%) arrived for the first time – an additonal plus of 856.000 compared to the prior. Thus, North Rhine-Westphalia ranks again 2nd in the national comparison of tourism regions.
In total, the number of overnights in hotel establishments resulted in a surplus of 3.9% compared to the previous year from 2013. This is a plus of 1.8 million euros. The continuous growth trend demonstrates that North Rhine-Westphalia still belongs to the growth drivers of German incoming tourism. The market share of North Rhine-Westphalia of German tourism stood at 13% with regard to arrivals.
In 2014, more than 4.7 million international guests in total came to North Rhine-Westphalia.Consequently, more than ten million international overnight stays for the first time were the result. For several years now, the international incoming tourism to North Rhine-Westphalia gains more and more relevance suppoerted by the fact that the strong tourism markets from the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium are in close distance.
Around 39% of international overnights in 2014 were generated in these three core source markets. Only from the Netherlands approximately 2.4 million overnights could be derived (+4.6%) resulting in a market share of 24%. From Belgium 651.000 overnights were counted in 2014 (5,7 %), while 798.000 overnights could be retrieved to the UK (+8,6 %).
Together with the cities Remscheid and Solingen, Wuppertal has created a touristic frame in the so-called "Bergisches" triangle.
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