Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.
UPDATE COVID-19, March 31
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
- Travelers arriving by plane to Germany need to provide a negative PCR-Test
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
- General travel ban abroad is off the table. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s test order to prevent tourist travel has been formally concluded, a government spokesman told the news agency “DPA”. Such a plan hardly seems to be legally enforceable. The urgent appeal to German citizens to refrain from traveling abroad in view of the rising number of infections remains. (Reise vor9)
- EU states push ahead with common “green passport. Germany and 12 other EU countries plan to send the Commission a priority list with clear criteria for the “green passport” by after Easter. The certificate is intended to document vaccinations, tests and survived Corona infections and provide holders with travel facilitation. The passport should be ready for use on June 1. (Reise vor9)
- Chancellor’s Office chief doesn’t see travel until August. The head of the Chancellor’s Office, Helge Braun, assumes that the Corona infection situation in Germany will ease in May and that travel will be possible again from August. Tourism Commissioner Thomas Bareiß, on the other hand, considers an earlier vacation possible. Several federal politicians are considering to postpone the summer holidays in schools. (FVW)
- TUI reduces capacity for the summer. The Group brought around 2.5 million customers on vacation since March 2020; this corresponds to around one-tenth of the normal volume. For the summer, TUI has further reduced its planned supply capacity. (Reise vor9)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Federal Cartel Office confirms abuse of market power. The EU has already put its foot down in the dispute between Condor and Lufthansa over feeder flights, and now the German Federal Cartel Office has followed suit: after a preliminary examination, it has found that Lufthansa has abused its market power vis-à-vis Condor. (FVW)
- G-Adventures CEO sees trend toward “travel with purpose”, study with 1.361 european participants (Reise vor9)
- Travelers want to make their vacation decisions more purposeful
- 64% of European travelers said the lockdowns had made them want to travel more than ever before
- 83% of people had not yet booked their next international vacation
- 47% were now eager to book a vacation on short notice
- 45% of respondents waiting to be vaccinated
- 60% planned to travel within six months of their vaccination
- Travel agencies as “educators
- Corona has strengthened the trend toward ecologically and socially responsible organized travel
- Travel agents could play an important role in this. “Travel agents are advocates for their customers – they have become even more important in this time. The most important thing we can do is educate customers to travel differently.” Travel agents have “tremendous power to do that,” Poon Tip said.