Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.
UPDATE COVID-19, April 7
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
- Spahn for more freedom for vaccinated persons when traveling and shopping. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has given hope to those fully vaccinated against Corona for more freedom to shop and travel as part of future relaxation steps. “Anyone who has been vaccinated can go to the store or to the hairdresser without further testing. In addition, according to the RKI’s assessment, fully vaccinated people also no longer have to go into quarantine,” Spahn told Bild am Sonntag. This is an important finding, he said, when talking about test-based opening steps for retailers, for example, after the third wave has broken. With his announcements, Spahn triggered a mixed response. (Ärzteblatt)
- NCL plans relaunch on July 25. Norwegian Cruise Line plans to set sail again on July 25. However, operations will begin with reduced capacity on only three ships. (TRVL Counter)
- Price reduction due to corona restrictions. If there are officially ordered restrictions at the vacation destination due to a virus pandemic, this can justify a reduction in the travel price. That decided the district court Duesseldorf. The case in question involved a vacation in Portugal in the summer of 2020. Due to the distance rules and hygiene measures imposed by the authorities, the use of hotel facilities was restricted. The vacationers were able to enforce a travel price reduction of 20 percent in court. (TRVL Counter)
- Travel industry and hotel industry get new subsidies. The German government wants to give a helping hand to distressed industries with high revenue declines with an equity grant. Travel companies and hotels in particular can benefit from this. The German Travel Association (DRV) welcomes the additional aid. (Reise vor9)
- DER Touristik lowers price for Flex packages. DER Touristik wants to encourage new bookings especially this month. To this end, the tour operator has now lowered the cost of its Flex packages for April uniformly to 59 euros. (FVW)
- TUI cuts summer capacity to 75% from 80%. TUI expects holidaymakers to show considerable pent-up demand in the summer season. But the largest European leisure travel group touched the brakes on the peak travel season, lowering its planned capacity for July onwards from 80% to 75% of 2019’s level. (FVW)
- February brings first increase in bookings for the summer, study by Travel Data + Analytics (TDA), https://www.reisevor9.de/marketing/februar-bringt-ersten-buchungsanstieg-fuer-den-sommer
- According to the TDA analysis, cumulative sales for the 2021 summer season in February were 76 percent below the previous year – not adjusted for the later cancelled vacations. For the winter season still in progress, negative sales resulted in February because trip cancellations exceeded new bookings, cumulatively minus 92 percent.