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 February 14
- 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
- EU heads of state to discuss vaccination certificate on Thursday. A video conference is to be used to discuss the proposal raised by Greece and Portugal to allow vaccinated people to travel freely again and to provide them with a uniform EU vaccination certificate. (FAZ)
- Hotels in Austria closed until mid-March. Austria has initially extended the lockdown until Feb. 7 due to contagious mutations of the coronavirus. Hotels and restaurants will remain closed longer. In mid-February, the situation will be reassessed. However, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says that an opening is not to be expected until March at the earliest. (Hogapage)
- Bentour makes Flex option free. Bentour customers now receive the “FlexSorglos” rate, which was already introduced in October, free of charge. (TRVL Counter)
- Wikinger with more trips without flights. In addition to the 2021 catalog program, Wikinger is launching 40 new trips without flights. They lead to Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. (TRVL Counter)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Airlines and airports rely on mass testing. By the end of January, antigen tests will be available at major airports such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne, with results available after 20 to 30 minutes. The infrastructure at the airports should make it possible, for example in Düsseldorf, to test up to 70,000 passengers per day before departure. (Tagesschau)
- Emirates launches Corona vaccination of employees. The Gulf carrier has embarked on a large-scale vaccination campaign, aiming to have as many of its employees as possible immunized. Initially, Emirates employees with customer contact, such as cabin crew, will be vaccinated. According to official figures, one fifth of the population in the United Arab Emirates has already been vaccinated. (NTV)
- The Corona crisis throws Frankfurt Airport back to the level of 1984. (FAZ)
- Zurich Airport shrinks to a quarter in 2020. Historic traffic slump: In 2020, only 8.3 million passengers flew through Zurich Airport, compared with 31.5 million the previous year. (TRVL Counter)
Current relevant studies within the tourism industry
- Half the travel industry wants to be vaccinated immediately (Reise vor9)
- For the travel industry, a lot could depend on high vaccination readiness within the population.
- But the hoped-for role of vaccines in rebooting the tourism industry by no means that the industry is unconditionally opposed to vaccination.
- 53 % of respondents say they want to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
- 17 % of travel professionals said they would not be vaccinated under any circumstances.
- 12% are still unsure
- One in two ready to Corona restrictions on vacation, study by Insa-Consulere
- 62 % of female respondents would accept restrictions
- 49 % of men are prepared to do so
- One in three would also be interested in early bird deals this year
- As expected, local destinations are particularly popular with customers this year
- Just under one in three Germans is planning a trip to a “destination close to home” within Europe
- the same number of respondents want to stay in Germany