UPDATE COVID-19, 39. Edition – 18.03.2021 – 25.03.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 39. Edition – 18.03.2021 – 25.03.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 39. Edition – 18.03.2021 – 25.03.2021 540 341 fame creative lab

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

UPDATE COVID-19, March 24

Please note: The following information has been compiled from the most important German speaking Trade Media.

  • Since December 15 Germany is in Lockdown
  • The Lockdown is now extended until April18. Should the 7-day-incidence (cases / 100.000 inhabitants during 7 days) sink below 35 (currently 108) possibilities for an earlier open perspective will be discussed within the federal states. At this point some restrictions have been lifted, depending on the incidence in each region.
  • Vaccinations in Germany started on December 27, first in elderly homes and hospitals.
  • The third vaccine is now allowed in the EU, others may follow soon

Short Overview situation in Germany

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

  • Germany will go in a strict lockdown over Easter, Thursday (April 1) and Saturday (April 3) have been declared “days of rest” where everything will be closed
  • 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 (allowed for kids under 14 years & outdoors), gyms are open (limited access)
  • restaurants and bars are closed
  • retails stores are open in some parts of Germany others allow “Click & Meet” except stores for the daily usage
  • Schools are in Hybrid system


Current relevant topics within the tourism industry

  • 37 countries are again without travel warning. The general travel warning that was in place during the first lockdown has been discontinued since October 2020, the German government now issues travel warnings based on the development of infection numbers. Countries with accumulated cases of more than 50 per 100.000 inhabitants during 7 days are considered risk countries. In case that a country has restrictions for Germans in place there is still a travel warning. Countries that are currently without a travel warning are
  1. Australia
  2. Brunei Darussalam
  3. China
  4. Cook Islands
  5. Dominica
  6. Fiji
  7. Grenada
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Iceland
  10. Japan
  11. Cambodia
  12. Kiribati
  13. Korea (south)
  14. Laos
  15. Macau
  16. Malaysia
  17. Marshall Islands
  18. Mauritius
  19. Micronesia
  20. Myanmar
  21. Nauru
  22. New Zealand
  23. Palau
  24. Rwanda
  25. Solomon islands
  26. Samoa
  27. Singapore
  28. Sri Lanka
  29. St. kitts and Nevis
  30. St. Vincent and the grenadines
  31. Taiwan
  32. Thailand
  33. Tonga
  34. Tuvalu
  35. Uganda
  36. Vanuta
  37. Vietnam
  • Hundreds of travel agencies and tour operators have protested outside the federal-state meeting on March 22 for a perspective for the restart of tourism. (FVW)
  • VDR pleads for hotel openings. The hotel industry in Germany is suffering massively from the corona-induced lockdown. Now, the German Travel Management Association (VDR) is joining the industry and pleading for an opening perspective. As per a recent study by Ifo Institute, 82% of hotels in Germany are facing an uncertain future in view of the ongoing Corona crisis and the lockdown measures imposed by the government. In view of the disastrous situation of the industry, the German Travel Management Association (VDR) is now in favor of withdrawing the general restrictions on hotel overnight stays with a view to the federal-state consultations scheduled for March 22. (FVW
  • Associations call for opening perspective. With a joint campaign in the social networks, nine industry associations, including DRV, ASR, VIR and BTW, are calling on politicians to finally give tourism a perspective and an opening timetable. With the slogan “Tourism: safe and responsible” and the hashtag #PerspektiveJetzt, the associations want to show that safety and responsibility are top priorities for the industry. Stakeholders from the travel industry are expressly called upon to participate in the campaign and tell their story. The DRV has provided templates for free download on its website. (TRVL Counter)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry

  • Düsseldorf Airport has to cope with high losses. After Fraport, Düsseldorf Airport has now also presented its balance sheet for the Corona year 2020. Like Frankfurt’s, it is deep red. Chief executive Thomas Schnalke speaks of an “existentially threatening situation” in which his airport has found itself through no fault of its own.
    • 74 percent fewer passengers and 65 percent fewer flight movements than in the record year 2019. That characterizes the balance sheet of Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH (FDG) in 2020. The drastic slump to only 6.6 million passengers handled, and 78,805 flight movements has led to a net loss for the year of EUR 182.4 million. The last time Düsseldorf had to announce negative figures was in 1997. (FVW)
  • VDR: Lufthansa introduces fare model without advance payment (TIP)
    • The airline has revised parts of its existing “pay-as-you-fly” fare to meet VDR demands for more customer-friendly payment practices. The revised fare model provides for the payment process for intra-European flights to be triggered only at the time of departure.
    • In addition, customers will only be charged for flights actually used. This means that companies would no longer have to submit refund requests in the event of a flight cancellation, which would save administrative costs. Last but not least, no rebooking or cancellation fees are to be charged.
  • Study by online research institute Marketagent together with Lifestylehotel: Travel is very important in Austria (https://www.tip-online.at/news/46453/studie-reisen-haben-sehr-hohen-stellenwert-in-oesterreich/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tip-daily_19.03.2021)
    • The consequences of Covid-19 not only made Austrians more aware of the importance of travelling but they are also expected to enjoy and appreciate it more in the future.
    • “For eight out of ten Austrians, travel represents an important balance to stressful everyday life. Therefore, it hardly surprises that they are looking forward to a 2021 with less or even without travel restrictions:
      • 90% are eager to travel
      • 78% can hardly wait, among them especially women as well as the under 30-year-olds,” describes Thomas Schwabl, Managing Director of Marketagent.
    • Severe restrictions in 2020
      • Although the consequences of the pandemic can be felt in many areas of life, it was travel that was associated with the most restrictions for respondents in 2020.
        • 84% felt these to be severe
        • 61% felt restricted in terms of private life
        • 48% life satisfaction
        • 32% in professional life or education
        • 23% had to completely forgo their planned vacations
        • Just 18% really enjoyed their trips
      • 2020 vs. 2021: Back to unrestricted(er) travel?
        • Austrians are definitely hopeful about the 2021 vacation season.
        • seven of ten wish themselves this year more frequently on journeys
        • 23% would like to vacation approximately equally frequently
        • the travel budget is also higher than in 2020 for a good half
        • 57% also hope to be able to go on vacation wherever they want in 2021
        • respondents remain largely realistic: less than one-tenth expect travel to be possible again in 2021 (almost) in the form it was before Corona
      • Top 5 expected trends in travel behavior in 2021
        • Greater focus on safety and hygiene 54.8%
        • More conscious travel/travel is enjoyed more again 53.1%
        • More bookings of hotels that allow more flexible cancellations 52.3%
        • Increasing interest in smaller, individual guesthouses, hotels 33.1%
        • Higher attention to sustainability 28.7%
      • But what specific vacation plans are Austrians currently making for the current year?
        • 97% would like to travel again this year
        • 56% can imagine taking a wellness vacation
        • 50% a beach or seaside vacation
        • 47% active, moving or sport vacation (
        • 45% city trips
        • 85% by car
        • 47% prefer the airplane
        • The majority does not plan however long-distance journeys.
        • 66% would like to travel within Europe
        • A third of the travel-willing wants to head above all for neighboring countries such as Germany or Slovenia.