UPDATE COVID-19, June 6
Please note: The following information has been compiled from the most important German speaking Trade Media.
- The overall 7-day incidence per 100.000 inhabitants is decreasing constantly, currently at about 20. Depending on the regional 7-day-incidence, restrictions are being loosened all over the country
- Vaccinations in Germany started on December 27. On June 7th the vaccination order was 46% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccination.
- Travelers arriving by plane to Germany need to provide a negative PCR-Test
- Germans who have received 2 doses of vaccine will be treated equal to Germans with a negative test and those that have recovered from Covid-19 – mandatory tests for entering the country, shopping and other services do not apply to them anymore
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- German government extends financial aid until September (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/vertrieb/ueberbrueckungshilfe-iii-wirtschaftshilfen-sollen-noch-bis-ende-september-laufen-219014). There are special aid programs for companies that were severely affected by the pandemic.
- Furlough exceptions are being extended for 3 more months after June (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/vertrieb/bundesarbeitsminister-legt-sich-fest-kurzarbeitsregeln-werden-erneut-verlaengert-219021?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwammorgen&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl3376&utm_term=9eb6c4d1664cf948e85d1b3d4b436156)
- The digital vaccination passport will already be available on June 14 in the EU (fvw, https://www.fvw.de/touristik/destination/covpass-digitaler-gesundheitspass-kurz-vor-dem-start-219015?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwammorgen&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl3376&utm_term=9eb6c4d1664cf948e85d1b3d4b436156). The tourism industry is convinced that this tool will make traveling much easier.
- The German Robert Koch Institut lifts travel warning for many destinations. At the same time, most European countries are reopening and/or facilitating travel.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Munich Airport reopens Terminal 1 due to an increase of flights and passengers (Reise vor 9, https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/flughafen-muenchen-oeffnet-terminal-1-wiede)
Current consumer sentiment
- Survey by booking.com shows high demand of sustainable travel (Reise vor 9, https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/booking-umfrage-sieht-grossen-bedarf-an-nachhaltigen-reisen). One third plans to travel in a more sustainable way in the future. 42% confirm that due to the pandemic they have changed their daily life in a positive way. Recycling (60%) and the reduction of food waste (46%) are the biggest priorities. However, the Germans also plan to change their behaviour while traveling. 82% plan to reduce waste, 72% plan to use more sustainable means of transport such as public transport or bikes. Also, two thirds are looking for authentic experiences in connection with the local culture. 75% consider that a better cultural understanding and the preservation of the cultural heritage are key. 64% plan to avoid popular destinations and sights to limit overtourism. 64% indicate that they plan to stay in a sustainable accommodation.