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):
· 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
· Some states (f.ex. Mecklenburg Pomerania) are skipping the contact limits
· Schools are supposed to go back to “normal” after the summer holidays
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
- Federal government to pay for travel returnee tests (TRVL Counter)
- The federal government wants to finance the planned additional testing possibilities for the coronavirus for travel returnees to Germany. The costs would be covered by an increased subsidy to the public health insurance.
- DER Touristik cancels trips to Catalonia (TRVL Counter)
- the German Foreign Office had already advised against travelling to Catalonia and thus also to Barcelona and the Costa Brava.
- Now DER Touristik is suspending all trips there until 15 August, as well as trips to the regions of Aragón and Navarre. Other operators such as TUI and Schauinsland Reisen have followed suit.
- Italy wants to prolong the state of emergency until October (TRVL Counter)
- FTI abolishes field service for travel agencies (Reise vor9)
- FTI closes down cruise line and language tour operator
- How the pandemic raises awareness (https://www.horizont.net/medien/nachrichten/neues-dossier-zum-corona-virus-wie-die-pandemie-das-bewusstsein-schaerft-184466?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Fnewsline&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=nl40590&utm_term=9a3ea6f65dc5ad6d97ed9273a67c7e59)
- Organic boom thanks to the crisis? That may have been overstating the case. But the corona pandemic has raised awareness of sustainability in many sectors. Regional products are on the upswing, customers are dealing with superfluous consumption – and manufacturers are rethinking their structures. The new corona virus has highlighted the weaknesses in many systems and is now leading to a change in some markets that is gathering unexpected speed.
- The RKI’s risk list (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html)
- The Robert Koch Institute currently classifies around 130 states as corona risk areas. These include the USA and traditionally popular holiday destinations such as Turkey or Egypt. According to this list, almost all EU states as well as some other countries, including Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia and Jordan, are not risk areas.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- “There is no need for free middle seats on the plane.” (https://www.reisevor9.de/inside/freie-mittelsitze-im-flieger-sind-ueberfluessig)
- This was said by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer at a press conference following a meeting of EU transport ministers on Thursday.
- He referred to the Robert Koch Institute, which does not consider it necessary to release the middle seat in airplanes because of the good air circulation.
- Emirates takes over corona costs (https://www.trvlcounter.de/corona-krise/emirates-uebernimmt-kosten-bei-corona-infektion-0229074/)
- Emirates will cover medical costs of up to 150,000 euros and quarantine costs of 100 euros per day for 14 days if passengers are diagnosed with Covid-19 during their journey. The airline will provide coverage free of charge to customers regardless of class or destination.
- Qatar Airways flies past its competitors in the crisis (https://www.focus.de/finanzen/boerse/aktien/qatar-airways-trumpft-auf-schmach-fuer-dubai-prestigeprojekt-emirates-bleibt-wohl-in-fusion-aus-ausweg_id_12246358.html)
- Although Qatar’s airline has to accept detours due to airspace closures, for example in Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, it advanced to become the world’s largest long-haul airline in the corona crisis with a market share of almost 18 percent.
- Lufthansa expands tourism offer (TRVL Counter)
- Lufthansa is further expanding its flight offerings to tourist destinations. With the beginning of the autumn holidays in Hesse, the airline is launching connections from Frankfurt to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Current surveys related to Tourism
- ITB Berlin publishes IPK special survey (https://www.ipkinternational.com/en/):
- Germans continue to live up to their reputation as world champions in travel
- Germans’ desire to travel outside their own country is significantly higher than in most other countries
- Above-average intention to travel abroad by Germans
- 70 percent of German travellers abroad said that they still wanted to travel to other countries – despite the lack of a vaccine.
- 20 percent of those surveyed could imagine travelling exclusively within Germany.
- 10% stated that they wanted to do without travel altogether in times of corona
- 90 percent of those surveyed cited health risks due to corona as reasons for this.
- Over 80 percent intend to travel this year
- The preferred destination is Spain (with the Canary Islands in first place), followed by Italy, France and Austria.
- Compared to the times before Corona, the Germans currently also have an above-average interest in Switzerland, Greece, Croatia and Denmark.
- Over 80 percent intend to travel this year
- When asked about the risk of corona infection in tourist products and offers, German foreign travellers gave the following assessment
- car trips (only four percent see an increased corona risk here)
- nature-oriented types of holiday, holiday apartments, camping, but also beach and seaside holidays are still predominantly considered “corona-safe”
- majority of those surveyed see a high corona risk, especially on flights, cruises and when attending larger events.
- Assessment of the corona risk in the individual destinations
- How do German travellers abroad assess the corona risk in the various destinations? From the German point of view, their own country is currently by far the safest destination, followed by the neighbouring countries Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria. With regard to long-haul destinations, South Korea, Singapore and the United Emirates come out best in the safety ranking.
- Germans book at much shorter notice, Hometogo has analyzed several million search queries received on the platform in 2019 and 2020. (https://www.fvw.de/reisevertrieb/news/reiseverhalten-2020-deutsche-buchen-deutlich-kurzfristiger-210503?utm_source=%2Fmeta%2Fnewsletter%2Ffvwamnachmittag&utm_medium=/fvw%20am%20Nachmittag/long&utm_campaign=nl2199&utm_term=984f4a0b1f80072f8710e3b9f7bb3931)
- According to an analysis by Hometogo, the world’s largest metasearcher for holiday accommodation, the trend towards last-minute holidays is increasing due to the corona pandemic. However, city breaks are much less in demand than in the previous year.
- This year, the average time between searching and booking until departure is 54 days, which is one third shorter than last year (80 days).
- While in 2019 many holidaymakers will be travelling shorter and more often, in 2020 there will be a trend towards longer trips. Compared to 2019, German travellers will request trips lasting more than 14 days 22 percent more frequently than last year.