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 – virtual schooling
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- Massive drop of sales in Globetrotter Group. The current crisis is having a drastic impact on the Globetrotter Group’s sales: In 2020, sales drop by 78 percent from 243 million to 53 million Swiss francs. (Travelnews.ch)
- Major tour operators in crisis – restructuring at TUI, DER and FTI. At the turn of the year, important management posts were reassigned at the three largest tour operators. TUI, DER Touristik and FTI are taking advantage of the crisis to make themselves leaner. (Reise vor9: https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/kriselnde-grossveranstalter-umbau-bei-tui-der-und-fti)
- Carnival burned nearly 8.5 billion euros in 2020. The parent company of Aida and Costa reported a net loss of the equivalent of 1.8 billion euros in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, which ended in late November. Combined with the other three quarterly results, this gives a net loss for the year of 8.46 billion euros. (Reise vor9)
- Government officials tune in for longer lockdown. Germany faces another eight to 10 tough weeks because of the possible rapid spread of highly contagious, mutated coronaviruses, the chancellor is reported to have told a Bundestag working group. The federal and state governments were therefore considering discussing the situation and stricter measures again ahead of the previously planned date of January 25.(Reise vor9)
- DRV boss could live with shorter summer vacations. Norbert Fiebig says that the length of the summer vacations is not the decisive issue for the travel industry, as people do not usually travel for six weeks, but rather two. However, it is important that the federal states continue to coordinate so that not everyone has school vacations at the same time, explains the DRV president with regard to demands to extend the Christmas and winter vacations and to shorten the summer vacations instead. (Tagesspiegel)
- World Tourism Council against vaccination certificates for travel. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has spoken out against giving preferential travel treatment to those who have been vaccinated, as planned by airlines such as Qantas as well as several governments. (Reise vor9)
- Cancellation of IMEX Frankfurt in May 2021. IMEX Frankfurt in May 2021 has been cancelled. This has now been announced by the organizers. They had hoped for a rapid recovery of the industry and still believed that they would see a sustainable upswing. At the same time, it had to be recognized that the upturn would unfortunately not happen in time to create a strong and, above all, successful event in May. (IMEX)
- Federal and state governments decide on compulsory test for high-risk returnees. The hurdles for vacations abroad are becoming higher: anyone returning to Germany from a high-risk country, i.e. currently from almost all popular travel destinations, will have to present a compulsory coronary test on entry from January 11 onwards. Bavaria has also cancelled the one-week carnival vacations. (Counter vor9)
- Tourism commissioner does not expect travel over Easter. Thomas Bareiß (photo) says he is skeptical about whether vacations will be possible again during the Easter vacations. In the next two to three months, travel is still very difficult to imagine, says the CDU politician. Not until the Whitsun vacations will things “improve again”. (Reise vor9)
“The Mallorca vacation in the summer is happening”.Easter vacation on the Canary Islands, summer vacation on Malle: Norbert Fiebig, head of the German Travel Association, believes this is possible – if enough testing is done. (Tagesspiegel)
- Germans assess their own situation better than that of the country as a whole. Around 60 percent of those surveyed on behalf of “Der Spiegel” were confident about their personal economic situation in 2021. 25 percent were not very confident or not at all confident, while the rest were undecided. When asked about the overall economic outlook for Germany, only 41 percent are optimistic and 44 percent are pessimistic. (Spiegel)
- FTI extends kids and goodwill campaign: In order to offer customers planning security, FTI is extending the “Kids Free” and “Besser geht’s nicht” campaigns for the last time. Families who decide by the end of January for a trip in the period from March 26 to October 31 can get hold of one of 2,021 Kids Free places on the Canary Islands, Mallorca, in Greece, Egypt, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus and Morocco. The goodwill rules also apply, with free rebooking and cancellation options up to 14 days before the start of the trip and a money-back guarantee within 14 days in the event of cancellation. (TRVL Counter)
- The German travel company Berge & Meer has landed itself a big contract – from the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate as a vaccination hotline. (TRVL Counter)
- Saliva instead of rods – new corona tests at Zurich Airport. New PCR tests using saliva samples are being offered at Zurich Airport. The result should be available after only five hours instead of 24 to 48 hours. (Travelnews.ch)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Risk of infection on flights perhaps higher than thought. Evaluation of a long-haul flight from Dubai to Auckland by New Zealand authorities has shown infections that almost certainly occurred on the plane – despite ventilation systems and at least partial mask use. In a follow-up test, seven of 86 passengers on the flight had tested positive during quarantine. (Spiegel)
- Ryanair cuts flight schedule: The new Corona restrictions in the UK, Ireland and some other EU countries are forcing Ryanair to further reduce its flight volume. From January 21, the airline plans to offer only a few or no flights at all to and from the UK and Ireland. This is to apply until the travel restrictions are lifted. Ryanair expects to fly fewer than 1.25 million passengers in January. In February and March, the airline expects only half a million passengers each. (TRVL Counter)
Current relevant studies within the tourism industry
- Travel normality not forecast until 2023 (https://de.statista.com/infografik/23836/geschaetzter-reise-und-tourismus-umsatz-in-deutschland/?utm_source=Statista+Global&utm_campaign=62b56c3d2e-All_InfographTicker_daily_DE_PM_KW1_2021_Mo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_afecd219f5-62b56c3d2e-298640605)
- The data portal Statista estimates that the German travel industry will generate sales of around 26 billion euros in 2020, 56 percent less than in 2019. For this year, analysts expect sales to fall by around two-thirds compared with pre-crisis levels. Not until 2023 is a “reasonably normal travel and tourism turnover” to be expected again.
- Hardly any tourist turnover in December (Counter vor9)
- The total invoiced turnover of the travel agencies included in the “Tats Reisebürospiegel” is minus 87 percent in the month of December 2020 compared to the same month last year. The billed tourism turnover shows a decrease of 90 percent in November. Incoming orders in the tourism sector were down 97 percent month-on-month.