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. Outbound travel is still possible and allowed.
- The Lockdown is now extended until January 31
- Vaccinations in Germany started on December 27, first in elderly homes and hospitals.
- The second vaccine is now allowed in the EU
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
- FTI extends goodwill campaign. The FTI Group is entering the final extension of its “It doesn’t get any better than this” campaign. Until January 15, vacationers booking FTI Touristik and BigXtra offers will benefit from free rebooking and cancellation options up to 14 days before departure and the money-back guarantee within 14 days in case of cancellation. In selected destinations, families benefit from “Kids Free” offers during the travel period from March 26 to October 31. (TRVL Counter)
- Summer 2022 is bookable with Aida Cruises (TRVL Counter)
- TUI expects “largely normal summer (TRVL Counter)
- In order to achieve optimum capacity utilization, however, the company will only offer around 80 percent as many flights as in previous years, announced Fritz Joussen, CEO of the Hanover-based tourism giant. During the summer vacations, it is therefore likely “that the jets on some routes in the Mediterranean region will be booked up quickly,” he told the newspaper Rheinische Post. According to him, TUI also plans to deploy all 16 cruise ships of the German-British group again this year.
- However, he added that the tourism industry is not expected to return to the level of the record year 2019 until 2022. 2021 will still be a “year of transition” simply because of an expected weak first half of the year.
- TUI shareholders approve state investment. At an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting yesterday, TUI shareholders cleared the way for the German government’s third aid package. Prior to this, the EU Commission had given the green light. The package includes a silent participation of 420 million euros from the Economic Stabilization Fund, which can now be converted into share certificates following the shareholders’ resolution. In addition, there is a warrant bond with a volume of 150 million euros, which is also convertible, and a non-convertible silent partnership of up to 680 million euros. The German government would thus hold up to 25 percent of TUI shares. In total, the state is investing 4.3 billion euros in the Group’s rescue. Around three billion of this will be granted as KfW loans. (TRVL Counter)
- Austria safeguards events. Austria is helping the MICE industry with a 300 million euro umbrella. Anyone planning an event in Vienna in 2021, for example, is covered by the state. (TRVL Counter)
- NRW overturns mandatory testing for travelers from risk areas (RND)
- After a court overturned the quarantine requirement for travelers returning from risk areas in North Rhine-Westphalia, a testing requirement applied.
- This has now also been lifted – for fear of lawsuits.
- Travel returnees can now choose whether they prefer corona testing or quarantine.
- Saliva instead of rods – new corona tests at Zurich Airport. New PCR tests by saliva sample are being offered at Zurich Airport. The result should be available after only five hours instead of 24 to 48 hours. The PCR test novelty from Ender Diagnostics will not be taken by nasal swab like the conventional ones, but on a saliva basis (spit test), which is much more convenient, according to a statement from Zurich Airport. The price for a corresponding Covid test is CHF 195 and it is sold as a self-test kit on site and also performed independently, without medical personnel, in test boxes. The test boxes are cleaned after each customer. (Travel Inside)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Condor flies from Frankfurt to China. Condor has launched flights from Frankfurt to China. In the future, the 13-million-metropolis Xian will be served every Saturday. (TRVL Counter)
- Condor & Lufthansa – Confidence is back, at least a little (TRVL Counter)
- The bosses of some airlines believe that the peak of the current crisis has been reached. The situation in the airline industry, which has been almost completely paralyzed by the Corona pandemic, will look much better again in 2021, they hope.
- “Since there has been a concrete prospect of an effective vaccine, our bookings for next summer have tripled,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, for example, recently told the magazine “Wirtschaftswoche.” He expects that in 2021, the Group will once again be flying around 50 percent of its capacity in a normal year. Currently, the figure is only around 20 percent. From 2022, the earnings figures should also be back in the black.
- Singapore Airlines flies to Munich again. Singapore Airlines will resume flights between Munich and Singapore before the end of January. From January 21, the airline will fly from Bavaria to the Asian metropolis every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. (TRVL Counter)