UPDATE COVID-19, May 19
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 37,5% 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
- DRV sees positive trend for travel agencies (FVW, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/vertrieb/reisebuero-tag-drv-sieht-positive-tendenz-fuer-reisebueros-218546) Travel agencies in Germany are noting a growth in demand, thanks to the lift of the mandatory quarantine upon returning from a risk region and the progress in vaccinations. However, the DRV considers sustainability issues as a new thread for the 2021 season: main parties are using environmental topics for the upcoming elections and plan to, for example, ban domestic flights completely
- DRV demands restart aid for spring 2022 (FVW https://www.fvw.de/touristik/vertrieb/reisebuero-tag-drv-fordert-wiederanlaufhilfe-im-fruehjahr-2022-218552) The German travel association demands support with furlough rules and financial aid systems for Q1 2022
- Hope rises in German travel agencies (Reise vor 9 https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/oeffnungseuphorie-hellt-stimmung-in-reisebueros-deutlich-auf) Despite their still difficult situation the German travel agencies are full of hope for the upcoming months. 46% consider that the demand for travel will rise in the next 6 months comparted to last year and 32% reckon that their sales figures will go up in the next 6 months.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Flight debate as a key point of the election campaign (Reise vor 9, https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/flugdebatte-nimmt-im-wahlkampf-fahrt-auf) Both the green party and the democratic SPD are choosing environmental issues in general and flights in particular as a focus for their election campaigns. The green party candidate even plans a ban of domestic flights, both parties consider higher airfares in general. The tourism industry is starting to react to this new thread.
- Lufthansa daughter Eurowings on the path of recovery (Touristik Aktuell, https://www.touristik-aktuell.de/nachrichten/verkehr/news/datum/2021/05/17/eurowings-sieht-sich-auf-gutem-erholungskurs/) The airline is noticing an increase of demand and plans to react accordingly with an increase of flights and destinations
Current consumer sentiment
- Rising demand for travel during Whitsunday holidays (Merkur https://www.merkur.de/reise/urlaub-pfingsten-reise-lust-der-deutschen-entfacht-das-sind-die-top-reiseziele-zr-90576618.html ) OTAs and travel agencies notice a rising demand for travel for the upcoming holidays. The bin winners are individual accommodation like apartments or villas. Destination-wise, the favorites are Mediterranean and Caribbean destinations – beside Germany. Especially families are looking for self-catering accommodation options. The main focus are beach holidays. All trips are booking with a much shorter lead time of around 4 weeks before departure.