UPDATE COVID-19, 23. Edition – 29.10.2020 – 04.11.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 23. Edition – 29.10.2020 – 04.11.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 23. Edition – 29.10.2020 – 04.11.2020 150 150 fame creative lab

Please note: the following information is a short compilation from the most important German-speaking Trade Media.

Short Overview – German-speaking Markets

  • Since November 2nd Germany is in “Lockdown Light”

Short Overview situation in Germany

After the COVID-19 numbers are increasing in the last weeks some new measures and rules have been implemented.

  • travel to risk areas and countries should be avoided
  • cinemas, theatres, opera houses are closed
  • events are not permitted
  • club and group sports are prohibited, gyms are closed (individual sport is allowed)
  • restaurants and bars are closed
  • all kind of retails stores are open
  • there is a ban on accommodation within Germany
  • 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

  • FTI receives 235 million credit from the state: The FTI Group has applied for and been granted a loan from the Federal Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) for 235 million euros. The Munich-based company regards the loan as part of the package of measures and financing that it has undertaken in the wake of the Corona crisis. (TRVL Counter)
  • Associations demand immediate help: The DRV, the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the bus tourism association RDA are making an urgent appeal to the German government to pay off the announced extraordinary economic aid in installments without delay. (TRVL Counter)
  • Free rebooking possible for longer: Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, DER Touristik is extending the possibility of free rebooking. For all new bookings made by Dertour, ITS, Jahn Reisen and Meiers Weltreisen up to 30 November with a departure date of 31 October 2021, there is a free rebooking and cancellation option for air travel up to 14 days before the start of the trip and for personal travel up to seven days before the start of the trip. (TRVL Counter)
  • Dorint pulls against overnight accomodation prohibition before court. The hotel group has applied to the Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein for the suspension of the ban on tourist overnight stays. The hotel trade is inappropriately disadvantaged, says Dorint supervisory board boss Dirk Iserlohe. (Reise vor9)
  • DER Touristik gives up tour operator brand ADAC Reisen. The catalogs of ADAC Reisen from the house of the Rewe subsidiary are history after 20 years with the new tourism year. DER Touristik integrates the self-drive products at Dertour. There were already major overlaps between the two brands, for example in the North American catalogs. (FVW)

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry

  • Ryanair makes a loss in summer for the first time in decades due to the corona pandemic (TRVL Counter)
  • The Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM warned on Friday after a loss of billions in the summer quarter that times would become even more difficult. The renewed lockdowns in the fight against the corona pandemic would cause passenger numbers to slump even more sharply and the capital cushion to melt away faster, warned CFO Frederic Gagey on Friday. In the fourth quarter, Air France would offer less than 35 % of the previous year’s capacity. (Traveller Online)
  • Düsseldorf Airport closes Terminal B. “The passenger volume is currently around a fifth of the usual volume for this time of year,” an airport spokesperson said. For this reason, all passengers from Düsseldorf will be handled via piers A and C from 3 November onwards. It is not clear when Terminal B will open again. (Aero Telegraph)
  • Austrian Airlines continues to reduce its capacity due to weak demand during the coronavirus pandemic. In November, only about 20 % of the offer is left. (Traveller Online)
  • Almost 200 airports in Europe threatened by bankruptcy. The airport association ACI Europe fears the bankruptcy of 40 percent of its members and sounds the alarm. According to its calculations, 193 airports ran the risk of sliding into insolvency. Regional airports in particular would be at risk. (Reise vor9)

Current relevant studys

  • Corona pandemic drives media usage to peak, study by Seven One Media (https://www.sevenonemedia.de/documents/924471/1111769/Media+Activity+Guide+2020.pdf/f5d31769-e7f0-97a4-1f7e-254d56000e59?t=1603709458463)
    • Currently, Germans consume ten hours and 20 minutes of the most diverse media every day, which is one hour more than last year. The majority (38%) of this is accounted for by television with four hours, followed by the Internet with two hours (22%).
  • Germans mainly booked last-minute. Due to the uncertainty caused by constantly new travel warnings and restrictions, bookings are being made at ever shorter notice. In September, 59 percent of new bookings in both stationary and online sales were for departures in the same month and in October. All in all, however, according to data analyst TDA, sales are still falling. Bookings for next year look positive. (Reise vor9)