UPDATE COVID-19, 36. Edition – 25.02.2021 – 03.03.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 36. Edition – 25.02.2021 – 03.03.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 36. Edition – 25.02.2021 – 03.03.2021 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 now extended until March 7. Should the 7-day-incidence (cases / 100.000 inhabitants during 7 days) sink below 35 (currently 64,2) possibilities for an earlier open perspective will be discussed within the federal states
  • On March 3rd another discussion about the Lockdown takes place. The Lockdown is supposed to be extended until the End of March.
  • 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

    • Travel industry left out of openings. When the German Chancellor meets with the state premiers on Wednesday (today March 3rd) to discuss further opening steps, the tourism industry is unlikely to benefit. This is clear from the draft for the round. FDP and other likeminded parties are critical. The travel industry, meanwhile, has little to hope for. The draft states: “Further opening steps and the perspective for the sectors not yet named here, including catering, culture, events, travel and accommodation, will be discussed in the light of the infection situation, taking into account the extended testing strategy that has been started, the vaccination process, the spread of virus mutants and other influencing factors at the next meeting of the Federal Chancellor with the heads of government of the federal states.” (FVW)
    • Tourism commissioner considers summer vacation feasible. “After all, we can’t keep people at home permanently,” Thomas Bareiß, the German government’s tourism commissioner, told the newspaper Bild. He sees no reason why Germans should not travel to Mediterranean islands if incidence levels there are below 35. (Spiegel)
    • Accor makes a loss of almost two billion euros. 60 percent less sales than in the previous year and a loss of two billion euros – Europe’s largest hotel group took quite a beating last year. (Reise vor9)
    • Tour operators want to demonstrate again. The debate about the bridging aid III and about the reauthorization of travel is once again driving tourism professionals onto the streets: The industry is currently organizing itself via Facebook. A strong signal is planned to increase the pressure on politics (FVW)
    • High booking plus at Club Med. Club Med Germany reports a high increase in bookings for winter 2021/22. A new resort in the Seychelles is particularly well received. (FVW)
    • DER Touristik closes 40 travel agencies. After the cutbacks in the tour operator sector, DER Touristik is now also making cuts in sales. The Rewe subsidiary does not want to continue operating 40 of its 500 own travel agencies. (FVW)
    • TUI CEO sees good prospects for summer. Rapid tests, vaccinations and standardized proof of immunity will make travel in Europe possible in the summer, predicts Fritz Joussen. The Group is “already in close coordination with Greece, Spain and Cyprus,” he said, with other Mediterranean destinations to follow. (Reise vor9)
    • Newcomer launches private jet package tours from Germany. Travelcoup Deluxe, a Swiss tour operator founded in July 2020, has set its sights on package tours by private jet. Jets carrying a maximum of eight passengers are scheduled to take off for the Mediterranean in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich by summer. (Reise vor9)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry

  • Lufthansa prepares sales partners for flight cancellations. A communication from the Lufthansa Group to its sales force announces the thinning out of flight offerings for the period from May 1 to October 30. Cancellations are to be implemented successively in the booking systems from Thursday onwards and affected customers are to be “rebooked automatically as far as possible” (Reise vor9)
  • Lufthansa publishes over 30 new summer destinations. Even though Lufthansa today announced flight cancellations of almost 30 percent for the coming summer, the company is optimistic. This is because confidence is particularly prevalent with regard to the tourism business – one reason why the airline is adding more than 30 new destinations with a tourism focus on the Caribbean, Greece and the Canary Islands to its flight schedule, thus offering the most extensive range of classic vacation destinations in years. The reason for the optimism and the expansion in summer destinations are “effective vaccines, extensive testing offers and clear hygiene concepts of the airports as well as airlines.” Specifically, around 20 new vacation destinations are to be flown to from Frankfurt. From Munich, only 13 new summer routes will be added. On the one hand, Lufthansa is cutting a not inconsiderable portion of the summer flight schedule, but on the other hand it is adding more than 30 new destinations to it. Given the current situation, it is not surprising that the focus is on classic vacation destinations. For customers, this is a positive development, at least in terms of vacation planning – but Lufthansa flights to Hurhgada or Varna still take some getting used to, especially for frequent flyers. (Reisetopia)
  • Aviation industry calls for EU-wide Corona coordination. The aviation and tourism industry calls on EU to coordinate Corona measures and strategies for resumption of travel in Europe. (FVW)
  • Czech Airlines files for insolvency. The Czech airline says it is seeking to restructure with the support of its creditors. Flight operations are to be maintained in full. The insolvency application was filed against the background of the expiry of a state debt moratorium for companies that have been particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis. (Wirtschaftswoche)

Current studies related to tourism

  • Travel appetite on the rise and large majority of population planning trips in 2021, study by ITB Berlin and Statista:
    • 2021 more travel spending planned again among the population – The end of the pandemic may also provide a new upswing in the long term
      • around 70 percent of Germans, Americans and Chinese are planning private trips this year.
      • 37 percent of Germans, 42 percent of Americans and 66 percent of Chinese are already planning one or more trips.
      • 25 percent of respondents from Germany and the USA and over 35 percent of respondents from China also think they will spend more money on private travel in the next 12 months than in the past 12 months.
    • Individual sense of security of great importance for private travel – feeling good more important than actual travel options
      • The majority of people not planning a trip this year cited the Corona pandemic as the reason.
      • What is exciting, however, is that the individual perception of safety during a trip weighs more heavily than possible travel restrictions.
      • 50 percent of Germans who are not planning a trip for 2021 gave as a reason that they do not feel comfortable traveling during the Corona pandemic.
      • In the U.S., this figure is 34 percent, and in China it is as high as 56 percent.
    • beach vacations popular in all countries – in Germany and the U.S., visiting family/friends is high on the list – China favors city breaks
      • beach/beach vacations prove popular in all countries and are considered by 34 percent of German, 36 percent of American and 42 percent of Chinese travel planners.
      • However, in Germany and the U.S., visits to family and friends (37 percent in Germany, 42 percent in the U.S.) rank first, while in China, city breaks come out on top (49 percent)
    • More vacations at home – Germans also plan trips abroad
      • 35 percent of Germans, 38 percent of Americans and 50 percent of Chinese said they expect their travel habits to change in the future.
      • Among respondents who indicated that their travel habits will change in the long term, 76 percent of Germans, 77 percent of U.S.
      • Americans and 88 percent of Chinese agreed with the statement “I will take more vacations in my country.” A similar pattern can be observed for the targeted travel destinations for 2021. In China and the U.S., only 29 percent and 15 percent of the travel-planning population, respectively, plan to spend time abroad. This figure deviates clearly upwards in Germany with 61 percent. It can be assumed that the favorable geographical location in Europe, with many countries in a small area, contributes to the higher number of planned trips abroad