UPDATE COVID-19, May 12
Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.
Short Overview situation in Germany
- Since December 15 Germany is in Lockdown
- The Lockdown is now extended until end of June. Corona emergency brake takes effect from incidence of 100 in a region with further measures.
- Vaccinations in Germany started on December 27. There are 5 priority groups, currently group 3 is getting vaccinated. In May the vaccination order should be resolved. 33,3% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccination.
- Travelers arriving by plane to Germany need to provide a negative PCR-Test
- The government has agreed on a general “emergency brake” that comes into effect if the 7-day-incidence rises above 100 per 100.000 inhabitants
- If the incidence is lower there are opening possibilities based on a testing system
- Germans who have received 2 doses of vaccine will be treated equal to Germans with a negative test – mandatory tests for entering the country, shopping and other services do not apply to them anymore
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- TUI is showing optimism for the upcoming summer season (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/veranstalter/halbjahresbilanz-tui-sieht-das-ende-der-durststrecke-voraus-218437?crefresh=1). After facing heavy losses in the last year, TUI is being optimistic about the upcoming months and reckon that travel will lead many Germans‘ wish list after the long months of the pandemic. Their sales are showing slow signs of recovery with a combined loss of 30% compared to 2019 rather than 90% like last winter.
- Schauinsland Reisen launches 2 full charters as a sign of optimism (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/veranstalter/ab-oktober-mit-condor-schauinsland-per-vollcharter-nach-punta-cana-und-phuket-218427) The tour operator launches 2 full charter flights to Dominican Republic and Thailand for the whole winter season as a sign for their positive outlook to the upcoming winter season.
- Tour operators specialized on active tourism rely mainly on short haul destinations (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/veranstalter/wandern-radfahren-und-co-aktivreise-anbieter-setzen-stark-auf-nahziele-218270) active experiences in the nature is one of the main travel trends after the pandemic. Also, travelers are looking for destinations that are easy to reach. Therefor many tour operators specializing on hiking or biking trips enlarge their offer of domestic and European destinations.
- German government is positive about summer holidays (Touristik Aktuell, https://www.touristik-aktuell.de/nachrichten/destinationen/news/datum/2021/05/10/sommerurlaub-bundespolitik-erstmals-optimistisch/) For the first time, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German politicians have made positive comments about the upcoming summer holidays.
- Travel agencies already experience an increase in demand after optimistic prognosis by German government (Reise vor 9 https://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/dienstleister/run-auf-den-auslandsurlaub-seit-samstag-laufen-die-telefone-heiss/27178264.html) Most federal states are currently loosening the restrictions and the government is positive that summer holidays will be possible. Not only the tour operators but also the travel agencies have experienced an immediate rise in demand from their customers.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Airbus is preparing for a recovery of the aviation industry (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/verkehr/flugzeug-hersteller-airbus-ruestet-sich-fuer-erholung-der-luftfahrt-218442) The airplane manufacturer bets on an end of the pandemic and restarts the construction of the final montage line of the A320 family
- Lufthansa extends free rebooking policy (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/verkehr/verlaengerung-ueber-ende-mai-hinaus-lufthansa-bietet-weiter-kostenloses-umbuchen-218431) The offer to change tickets for flights with Lufthansa, Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian and Brussels Airline free of charge has been extended until end of July. The rule was initially running out end of May