UPDATE COVID-19, 42. Edition – 08.04.2021 – 14.04.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 42. Edition – 08.04.2021 – 14.04.2021

UPDATE COVID-19, 42. Edition – 08.04.2021 – 14.04.2021 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, 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). Corona emergency brake takes effect from incidence of 100 in a region with further measures.
  • 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
  • Schools are in Hybrid system

Current relevant topics within the tourism industry

  • Cabinet decides on federal emergency brake. After weeks of wrangling, the lockdown is to be tightened. The government wants to break the third Corona wave with uniform regulations. Still in the night, many wishes of the states were taken into account. These are the most important measures. In large parts of Germany, people will have to prepare for curfew restrictions and closed stores in accordance with mandatory nationwide regulations. A corresponding amendment to the Infection Protection Act was approved by the federal cabinet today, Tuesday, in Berlin, as the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) learned. (FVW)
  • In Schleswig-Holstein, businesses are preparing for relaxation in tourism. This Monday, outdoor restaurants can open almost statewide. From April 19, four model regions are allowed to become active in tourism. This was announced by Minister of Economics Bernd Buchholz on Friday afternoon. (FVW)
  • Every third country on earth is closed to tourists. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) doesn’t have much hope for a recovery anytime soon, especially because many destinations are completely closed to tourists. The organization does not expect any improvement until July at the earliest, or even September. In January, global tourism arrivals were 87 percent below 2019, with the biggest slump in Asia/Pacific. (TRVL Counter)
  • Europe’s travel at risk of losing summer. “Virus numbers are rising, vaccinations are lagging and Europe risks losing a second summer.” That’s how Morgan Stanley economist, Jacob Nell, assesses the current situation on the continent. Unlike in the United States, where airlines are seeing increased bookings again, more and more European airlines are facing insolvency, according to Reuters news agency. Across Europe, he said, there is great uncertainty, which is now being exacerbated by strict lockdowns in Italy, France and Germany. “Until there is confidence, demand will not come back,” Leah Ryan, a consultant at Alton Aviation, also told Reuters. And it’s not just the airline industry that’s taking big losses, but also the entire hospitality industry – especially in southern European nations whose economies rely heavily on tourism. In any case, the British, who are making faster progress on vaccination than the EU, may be more likely to head to the U.S. than Europe for their vacations this summer. (TRVL Counter)
  • DER Touristik already looks to next winter. Germany’s second-largest tour operator has started to take bookings for next winter amid continuing uncertainty about prospects for summer holidays this year. DER Touristik is offering a lot of discounts for early bookers. DER Touristik is now accepting reservations for an initial part of its planned winter 2021/22 programme, with a wide range of early booking discounts. Among long-haul destinations, customers can book virtually all the hotels on offer for Mauritius, Seychelles and La Reunion while about 60% of hotels offered in Thailand by the group’s tour operator brands Dertour, ITS, Jahn Reisen and Meiers Weltreisen are available. (FVW)
  • Bentour integrates PCR test into Flex fare. The tour operator Bentour takes over the costs for a PCR test for its most important destination Turkey for bookings until the end of May. This applies to the Flex Carefree rate. (FVW)
  • Corona emergency brake: No tourism if incidence exceeds 100. The federal cabinet has agreed on uniform Corona measures. At an incidence value of 100, a nighttime curfew is to take effect. All overnight tourist accommodation, the opening of restaurants, theaters, museums or zoos will then be prohibited. (Reise vor9)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry

  • The French government is once again providing Air France-KLM with billions of euros in aid in the Corona crisis. (FVW)
  • Munich Airport suffers triple-digit million loss. Together with its subsidiaries, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) reported group-wide revenue of €1.6 billion in 2019, but this figure dropped to €580 million last year. The provisional figures so far indicate that FMG will have to post a loss of €-320 million under earnings after taxes (EAT). In the record year of 2019, the airport reported a profit of €178 million. (FVW)

Current studies

  • 39 percent of Germans want to travel this year, online survey by the Society for Consumer Research (GfK) on behalf of the Bavarian Center for Tourism (https://www.fvw.de/touristik/datenanalyse/gfk-umfrage-39-prozent-der-deutschen-wollen-dieses-jahr-verreisen-217808?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwamnachmittag&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl3137&utm_term=9eb6c4d1664cf948e85d1b3d4b436156):
    • A wait-and-see attitude was adopted by 28% of the more than 2,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 74.
      • quarantine regulations on return and possible costs in the event of cancellation as arguments against traveling
    • nearly half of those who said they would not travel because of the pandemic would change their minds if they themselves or large segments of the population were vaccinated against Corona.
    • The holiday-makers are mainly drawn to German destinations, with Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein in the lead.
    • Into the European foreign country 18% of all asked still wanted to set out. Here Spain, Italy and Austria were in front
    • Majority does not believe in new travel patterns to Corona, study by GfK (https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/mehrheit-glaubt-nicht-an-neues-reiseverhalten-nach-corona)
      • 54 % of German citizens assume that “everyone will go away again and take vacations like they did before Corona.”
      • 31 % of respondents said they believed that people would pay more attention to the issue of sustainability when traveling in the future.
      • According to the survey, the classics also continue to lead among the vacation motifs. Sun, warmth, good weather (54%), relaxation (52%), time for each other (49%), experiencing nature (49%) and getting away from it all (47%) set the tone.
  • Four out of five Germans are in favor of digital vaccination cards (FVW)
    • 91% of the more than 9,000 travelers surveyed worldwide would like to use a digital health passport for future trips.
    • In Germany, approval is just under 10% points lower at a still high 82%. The data was collected from travelers in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Spain, and outside Europe from India, Russia, Singapore, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
    • This is the state of the Swiss people’s desire to travel, study by Hotelplan Suisse among almost 13,000 people. (Travel Inside)
      • the desire to travel is generally greater in French-speaking Switzerland than in German-speaking Switzerland.
        • 65% of the French respondents said that they currently have a very strong desire to go on vacation.
        • In the German-speaking part of Switzerland, only 47% are currently keen to go on vacation.
      • The volatile travel regulations of the various countries as well as the mandatory testing on entry and return are currently still holding travellers back from planning and booking their next vacation
      • The corona test obligation alone is a deterrent
      • Just under half of survey participants (47%) said they would travel abroad again as soon as they were vaccinated against Covid-19.
      • Nearly two-thirds (63%) would only consider traveling abroad if they did not have to take a Covid-19 test to do so.
      • In addition, 44% of respondents said they do not currently travel abroad because of concerns about contracting corona or because they do not want to travel at the moment due to their social responsibilities (47%).
      • 76% of customers want security and flexible cancellation conditions from tour operators.