Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.
Short Overview – German-speaking Markets
The COVID-19 quarantine measures are being further untightened in all German states. All federal states are responsible for their own implementation. They have also released the strict regulations towards (however always observing the sanitary and distancing recommendations):
- After the COVID-19 numbers are increasing in the last weeks some new measures and rules have been implemented
- All federal states are forced to implement their own measures and rules in compliance with the overall limit of 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants on 7 days
- increasing use of rapid tests
- travel to risk areas and countries should be avoided
· Opening of cinemas, theatres, opera houses
· Permission of events (depending on state for up to 500 people) with social distancing rules
· Permission of contact sports inside as well as outside
· Opening of indoor playgrounds, houses in zoological gardens, escape rooms
· Schools have opened with regular classes after the summer holidays however some states already introduced the compulsory use of masks
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- EU ministers decide Corona traffic light: The council of the European Union finally approved the planned Corona traffic light card yesterday. Thus the way is free for a uniform risk classification within the European Union. A uniform color system will give EU citizens a better overview of the incidence of infection and any travel restrictions in the individual countries. Depending on the number of infections within 14 days and the rate of positive coronate tests, there should be “green”, “orange” and “red” areas. Only for travelers to green areas or from green areas there are no restrictions such as quarantine or testing. The countries themselves will continue to decide which restrictions will apply to travelers from other areas. The map will be updated weekly by the EU health agency ECDC. (TRVL Counter)
- Hardened fronts in the dispute over the ban on accommodation: Shortly before the next federal-state meeting on the Corona crisis, there are no signs that the states will agree on a uniform approach. For example, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s head of state Manuela Schwesig categorically rejects relaxation; others refuse to introduce or implement an accommodation ban. (Reise vor9)
- RKI: Not the change of location makes travelling dangerous: Increased mobility, be it professional or private, means an “extended risk”, writes the Robert Koch Institute. However, this risk is “not primarily tied to the place of travel or a specific area, but depends largely on the behavior of the individual in an area with virus transmissions,” the physicians explain further. Risky behavior must be “known so that it can be avoided. It is also “important to continue the analysis of the international situation and to proactively adapt measures and strategies”. (Reise vor9)
- Travel agency sales remain very weak: Average travel agencies continued to generate less than one booking per day, reports IT service provider Trevotrend with a view to the past week. Also with on-line portals prevails with scarcely 14 daily reservations further ebb. Domestic tourism experienced a slump of 21 percent due to the announced accommodation bans. (TRVL Counter)
- Global test obligation for cruises introduced: The International Cruise Association CLIA has adopted a global Covid 19 testing requirement for all passengers and crew members. The test obligation applies immediately to all CLIA member shipping companies on ships with a capacity of 250 or more passengers. Only with a negative test result will access to the ship be granted. The type of test as well as the timing will be determined individually by the member shipping companies. In any case, the negative test result must be available before boarding the ship. “The health and safety of passengers and crew members is our highest priority”, says Helge Grammerstorf, National Director of CLIA Germany. “The global test requirement for all passengers and crew members is an important component of our safety concept to ensure that cruise operations can be resumed responsibly and safely”. CLIA members represent 95 percent of the global cruise capacity. (TRVL Counter)
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Corona Autumn hits Frankfurt Airport harder again: (Hessenschau)
- Passenger traffic at Germany’s largest airport in September was 82.9 percent lower than a year earlier, Fraport AG announced on Tuesday. Just under 1.15 million passengers at the start of the Corona Autumn also meant around 360,000 fewer passengers than in August. The slight increase in vacation traffic led to slightly more bookings and a year-on-year decline of “only” 78.2 percent.
- The cargo business is also suffering, but not nearly as badly. The volume of freight and airmail at Frankfurt Airport fell in September by 5.2 percent year-on-year to 162,558 tons.
- Just how devastatingly the pandemic is affecting business can be seen by looking at the whole of 2020 to date: According to Fraport’s balance sheet, the airport handled around 16.16 million passengers between January and September. In the previous year, this figure had been around 54.19 million in this period – a decline of more than 70 percent. In the third quarter, the decline was even more severe at 80.6 percent. And the months of April and May show what a second wave of corona is likely to bring: With declines of almost 97 percent in each case, the airport was virtually unscathed. Operator Fraport therefore already announced in August that it intends to cut up to 4,000 jobs.
- Swiss expect further growth in the air travel market until 2040 (Travel Inside)
- Zurich Airport with continuing low passenger numbers: In September 2020, 536,406 passengers flew over Zurich Airport. This represents a decrease of 81.4% compared to the same period of the previous year. The number of local passengers decreased by 77.8% to 457,263 in September 2020, the share of transfer passengers was 14.1% (-14.5 percentage points compared to the previous year) and the number of transfer passengers decreased by 90.9% to 75,114.The number of aircraft movements decreased by 60.6% year-on-year to 9,606 take-offs or landings. At 82.0 passengers per flight, the average number of passengers was 38.7% below the previous year’s level. The seat load factor fell by 31.3 percentage points to 50.0% in the month under review. (About Travel)
- Easyjet with first annual loss in 25 years of company history (TRVL Counter)
- Danger of infection in the plane less than in the conference room? Sixty percent of passengers considered the cabin air in airplanes to be dangerous, admitted David Powell, health expert of the aviation association IATA at an online press conference with the aircraft manufacturers Airbus, Boeing and Embraer. There are only 44 proven cases of corona infections during a flight worldwide. (Reise vor9)
Current relevant studys
- Best Agers stick to 2021 travel plans study by Yougov for Trendtours: (Reise vor9)
- 6000 participants
- 61 percent of those surveyed aged 50 and over are planning a vacation trip for 2021.
- 56 percent are planning vacations abroad
- 43 percent of whom want to stay in Europe
- 13 percent are planning a long-haul trip
- Every third person will be travelling within Germany in the coming year
- Twelve per cent do not only want to make up for the missed vacation of this year, but additionally make a further journey
- proximity to a hospital and the availability of a German-speaking physician does not play a role for most people when choosing a destination.
- 17 per cent of people aged 70 plus stated that their booking behaviour had changed because of the pandemic in such a way that the quality of the healthcare system had become more relevant for them when planning their vacations.
- The same applies to the 50-59 year olds (16%) and the 60-69 year olds (18%).
- 6000 participants