Please note: The following information has been compiled from the most important German speaking Trade Media.
Short Overview Situation in Germany
- Currently, there are 3,028,600 coronavirus infected persons in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recorded 234,250 new infections within 24 hours. The 7-day incidence of new infections nationwide is currently 1450.0 (number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, as of February 9, 2022, 07:30). Regionally, there may be considerable variation. The 7-day incidence of hospitalization nationwide is currently 5.60 (number of hospitalizations per 100,000 population in seven days, as of February 8, 2022).
- The total number of vaccine doses administered is 167.1 million. As of February 8, 2022, 256,000 vaccinations have been administered. 76.0 percent of the population has now received at least one vaccine dose, and 74.6 percent are fully vaccinated. 45.5 million people (54.7 percent) have also received a booster vaccination.
- In principle, entry from all EU member states is possible and unrestricted entry to Germany is possible for residents of the following states and territories: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan. Entry from other states is possible only for fully vaccinated persons. The vaccination must have been carried out with a vaccine listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute and at least 14 days must have passed since the last individual vaccination. For non-vaccinated persons from other countries, entry is still only possible in exceptional cases.
Current major topics within the tourism industry in Germany
- Accor study – Back to travel: The new study shows that travelers are optimistic about the future in 2022 – despite the new viral variants, more than 80% of respondents plan to travel this year. This is also reflected in their travel budgets, with respondents planning to increase them by 39% compared to 2019. The average number of planned trips also increases to four this. 6,000 people in five countries – including Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia – were surveyed. https://www.tip-online.at/news/48936/accor-studie-zurueck-zum-reisen/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tip-daily_03.02.2022
- TUI expects a strong summer after a weak winter: TUI recovered somewhat in the first quarter of the new fiscal year despite Omikron. Now the Group wants to repay part of the state financial aid. Demand for travel is so high across all markets, TUI CEO Fritz Joussen said, that in the summer it will be possible to reach roughly the pre-crisis level of 2019. The outbreak of the omicron variant only put a temporary damper on things, he said. Customers continued to book at very short notice, with many treating themselves to higher-value trips, so average prices for the summer would be around a fifth higher. https://abouttravel.ch/reisebranche/tui-erwartet-einen-starken-sommer-nach-einem-schwachen-winter/
- The gap to sales before Corona is widening: The upward trend is losing steam: as recently as last December, total travel agency invoiced sales were down 54 percent compared to December 2019. The current January value is even almost 70 percent behind. https://www.fvw.de/touristik/datenanalyse/tats-reisebuero-spiegel-januar-die-luecke-zum-umsatz-vor-corona-wird-groesser-223922?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwammorgen&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl4314&utm_term=8ac6e773bc269cee957f97166e9ddb96&crefresh=1
Current major topics within the aviation industry in Germany
- Swiss ends short-time work: Swiss decided to end short-time work for all ground and cabin staff at the beginning of March. Furthermore, the airline intends to continuously expand its flight offerings during the summer schedule and to meet the expected volume, the airline will hire new cabin crew members in the triple-digit range during the year. https://abouttravel.ch/reisebranche/transport-luft-land/swiss-beendet-kurzarbeit/
- 50 percent fewer flights than before Corona: Pandemic hits air traffic in Germany particularly hard: The Corona virus has hit air traffic in Germany particularly hard. On balance, there were hardly any more flights in European air traffic in 2021 than in the crisis year 2020. On the German market, airlines and airports again had to record a significant decline in passenger numbers. https://www.rnd.de/wirtschaft/50-prozent-weniger-fluege-als-vor-corona-pandemie-trifft-luftverkehr-in-deutschland-besonders-hart-VV2OBJWUVM6XPOWWHVYNCV2Q7M.html
- Australia opens completely on February 21: The approach to the pandemic threat has now also changed Down Under. After a two-year interruption, conventional tourists will soon be allowed to enter the country again – but only those who have been fully vaccinated. https://www.travelnews.ch/destinationen/20878-endlich-australien-oeffnet-am-21-februar-komplett.html
- Vietnam wants to be open by the end of April: The opening of Asian countries to tourism is progressing: Vietnam now plans to open its doors on April 30, 2022. As is now common practice in many places, a Covid 19 vaccination certificate will be required for entry. This must be issued at least 14 days before entry. https://www.travelnews.ch/destinationen/20879-vietnam-will-bis-ende-april-offen-sein.html
- Singapore tourism recovers: Despite ongoing entry restrictions, Singapore’s tourism sector showed encouraging growth in 2021. A total of 333,000 travelers visited the Lion City last year. https://www.travelnews.ch/destinationen/20861-der-tourismus-in-singapur-erholt-sich.html