UPDATE COVID-19, 27. Edition – 10.12.2020 – 16.12.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 27. Edition – 10.12.2020 – 16.12.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 27. Edition – 10.12.2020 – 16.12.2020 540 341 fame creative lab

Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.

Short Overview – German-speaking Markets

  • Since December 15 Germany is in Lockdown
  • The Lockdown is supposed to last until January 10th
  • During Christmas some measures will be lifted

Short Overview situation in Germany

After the COVID-19 numbers are increasing in the last weeks some new measures and rules have been implemented.

  • travel to risk areas and countries should be avoided
  • cinemas, theatres, opera houses are closed
  • events are not permitted
  • club and group sports are prohibited, gyms are closed (individual sport is allowed)
  • restaurants and bars are closed
  • retails stores are closed except stores for the daily usage
  • there is a ban on accommodation within Germany
  • Schools are closed

Current relevant topics within the tourism industry

  • TUI introduces flexible fares: TUI is turning the experience gained from the Corona pandemic into a new tariff system. Next year, the market leader plans to introduce flexible fares along the lines of those offered by airlines and hotels. For package tours, from January there will be a normal rate and, for an additional charge, a rate with flexible rebooking and cancellation options. The amount of the surcharge will depend on the total price of the trip. Currently, customers who book by the end of the year can rebook or cancel free of charge up to 14 days before arrival. This applies to the travel period up to October 31, 2021. For around 6,000 hotels in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, there are also flexible rates that allow free cancellation up to 6 p.m. on the day of arrival. (TRVL Counter)
  • A&O Hostels set up Corona test centers: A&O Hostels is setting up Corona Test Centers in selected properties. The offer is basically open to all, but is also aimed directly at TUI passengers, among others. Cooperation partner “Das Lab” has opened test centers at the A&O properties in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt Galluswarte. Further stations are planned in Berlin, Bremen, Leipzig and Nuremberg. Registration and appointments are made via the website and app of Das Lab. (TRVL Counter)
  • Federal government increases bridging aid III to a maximum of 500,000 euros. The Bridging Assistance III for companies directly or indirectly affected by the Corona pandemic, effective from January, will be increased. Instead of 200,000 euros as planned, the maximum monthly support will be 500,000 euros. (Reise vor9)
  • WHO wants uniform vaccination certificate against Covid-19. The World Health Organization thinks nothing of immunity passports after surviving a Corona infection. Instead, it is working on a digital vaccination passport, which is likely to become particularly important for travelers. Initial tests with the “Yellow Smart Card” are already underway in Estonia. For the WHO, tests are not a means of combating the cross-border spread of the virus. (Travelnews)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry

  • Lufthansa temporarily discontinues Corona rapid tests
  • SIA with new sales structure: Singapore Airlines has also reorganized its sales as part of the merger of the DACH organizations. Patrick Bucher is now responsible for the entire Sales division in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also responsible for the joint venture partnership with the Lufthansa Group and cooperation with Star Alliance members. He is supported by Thomas Rosenbrock (Agency Sales Manager Germany, Switzerland & Austria) and Daniel Fanconi (Alliances & Corporate Sales Manager Germany, Switzerland & Austria). (TRVL Counter)
  • Dramatic decline in passenger numbers in November Vienna Airport. The dramatic decline in the number of passengers at Vienna International Airport continues. In November, only 181,115 passengers used the airport in Schwechat – 92.4% fewer than a year ago. The decline affected the entire group, including Malta and Kosice airports, to a comparable extent. Cumulatively from January to November 2020, passenger traffic at Vienna International Airport fell by 74% to 7,586,101 travelers, the airport reported. (Traveller Online)
  • TUI reports billion-euro loss for past fiscal year. The travel group posted a loss of 3.1 billion euros in fiscal 2019/2020, which ended in September. A year ago, the bottom line was still a profit of 416 million euros. Sales fell from 18.9 billion euros to 7.9 billion euros. (Reise vor9)
  • Study puts effectiveness of travel restrictions into perspective. Travel restrictions are most effective in curbing infections at the beginning of a pandemic, researchers say in a study published in the journal The Lancet Public Health. (Reise vor9)
  • Eurowings wants to take off with testing and vaccination

Current relevant studys