"By getting more involved in social media, we expect to reach new target groups and to raise the volume of overnight stays – particularly among younger travellers", says Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). In 2011, the GNTB began to step up its social media activities in China, the world's biggest internet market with around 500 million people online. The primary communication tool is Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. By the beginning of 2012, the GNTB had more than 100,000 followers, making this one of the most attractive and actively used platforms for promoting Destination Germany. Regular posts about events, offers, culture and shopping strengthen interaction with consumers and send out a positive message about Germany as a travel destination. The aim of using social networks such as Weibo is also to drive more traffic to the GNTB website.