UPDATE COVID-19, June 2
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. The vaccination order will be resolved by June. Currently 43,3% 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
- Large travel companies are ending reduced hours for their staff (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/counter/karriere/hochfahren-touristik-unternehmen-fahren-kurzarbeit-zurueck-218864?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwammorgen&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl3351&utm_term=9eb6c4d1664cf948e85d1b3d4b436156) The employees of companies like TUI, FTI, Schauinsland or Sixt are resuming their regular working hours after more than a year with reduced working time due to the pandemic.
- TUI is creating a platform for individual round trips ( fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/veranstalter/it-firma-nezasa-hilft-mit-tui-baut-plattform-fuer-individuelle-rundreisen-218839) Following the example of several smaller specialist tour operators, TUI is creating a digital platform where their customers can create their own tailormade round trips.
- Significant growth of travel agency bookings (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/vertrieb/perspektive-fuer-sommer-2021-buchungen-in-reisebueros-ziehen-deutlich-an-218700) Especially in regions with few new infections, the level of new bookings in travel agencies is growing by 70 to 80% compared to the previous week. Many tourism companies are taking their staff back to full hours.
- German companies cut back every second business trip (Reise vor 9, https://www.reisevor9.de/marketing/deutsche-unternehmen-streichen-fast-jede-zweite-dienstreise) The budget for business travel has been reduced by 40 to 50%.
- Growth of short-term bookings since first openings mid-April. (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/datenanalyse/tda-analyse-september-wintergeschaeft-verliert-an-boden-sommer-laesst-hoffen-212886?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwamnachmittag&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl3350&utm_term=d6a49325c50203368db4ee58c95c0df0) The level of new bookings is constantly increasing. In the third week of May there were even more new bookings than in the same period in 2019. However, the winter season 2020/2021 closes with a minus of96% compared to 20219/20.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Around one quarter of Germans agrees to suspend short haul flights for environmental reasons (FAZ, https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/klima-energie-und-umwelt/mehrheit-will-kurzstreckenfluege-abschaffen-oder-verteuern-17362294.html ) This demand has been made by the green party in light of the upcoming elections.
- Recovery of the aviation industry (Süddeutsche Zeitung, https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/luftverkehr-erholung-im-luftverkehr-buchungszahlen-steigen-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-210531-99-806686) AS per the German Aviation Association BDL, the regression of infection numbers and the progress of the vaccination campaigns in Europe are causing an uplift of the tourism sector. Lufthansa plans to reactive 50 airplanes within the upcoming weeks. As per Lufthansa, since about 8 weeks, the booking numbers are growing on a stable level with a big jump in the last week. The demand for flights in July and August is 10 times higher than 4 weeks ago. The past week was the strongest since April 2020. The BDL is expecting to reach 60% of the volume of 2019 in Jul and August.
Current consumer sentiment
- Older citzens are more hesitant when it comes to traveling this year (Reise vor 9, https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/aeltere-sind-mit-reiseplaenen-in-diesem-jahr-zoegerlich). Since 2019 the share of the 50- to 69-year-olds who plan to travel in the upcoming year has decreased from 59% in 2019 to 31% in 2021. 44% of the 18- to 34-year-olds are still planning a trip for 2021 (60% in 2019) and 48% of the families (66% in 2019). In total, 42% of the Germans are still planning to travel this year, compared to 70% in 2019. 35% of those cite the Corona pandemic as an influencing factor of their travel plans. This equals the numbers of 2020.