UPDATE COVID-19, 6. Edition – 06.08. – 12.08.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 6. Edition – 06.08. – 12.08.2020

UPDATE COVID-19, 6. Edition – 06.08. – 12.08.2020 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

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 however some states already introduced the compulsory use of masks

Current relevant topics within the tourism industry 

    • Tourism and hotel industry have suffered the greatest drop in income (Reise vor 9)
      • This is shown in a balance sheet of the Federal Statistical Office for the second quarter of the year. According to the report, the gross income of employees in the hotel industry fell by 18 percent and that of travel agencies and tour operators by 15 percent. On average across all sectors, employees earned only 2.2 percent less than in the previous year
    • FTI: Free rebooking until October (TIP)
      • FTI customers can now postpone their planned holidays to a later date. This offer applies to all bookings in all destinations.
    • Obligation to test returnees from risk areas from August 13 onwords (Reise vor9)
      • Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has issued an order requiring every traveller from a risk area to be tested for the coronavirus. Test centres have already been set up and expanded nationwide, especially at airports. The tests themselves are free for all travellers.
    • TUI and QTA agree: A reorientation between sales and tour operators, a reform of the industry (TRVL Counter)
      • Because today TUI Deutschland and QTA announced a comprehensive reorganisation of the cooperation between tour operators and travel agency sales: a new collective agreement. The travel agency cooperation alliance had already announced the centrally oriented contracts in May. The aim was to reorganise the economic framework conditions for travel agencies and adapt them to changing challenges, such as the consequences of a pandemic. The agreement with the industry leader TUI is an important signal for the start of industry reforms.
    • DER Touristik Deutschland must save money and is realigning itself (TRVL Counter)
      • Like many large tour operators, DER Touristik has to walk a rocky road to recovery from the consequences of the pandemic. The company expects the German tourism market to shrink by 70 percent in 2020 and the market to recover slowly in waves.

Current relevant topics within the aviation industry 

      • Lufthansa expects pre-corona level only in four years (Reise vor9)
        • “We are experiencing a caesura in global air traffic,” says Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr. He does not expect a recovery to pre-crisis levels until 2024 at the earliest. In the second quarter Lufthansa recorded a loss of 1.5 billion euros. Now operational redundancies are imminent.
      • Condor introduces tariff “Visit Friends & Relatives” (TRVL Counter)
        • With the “Visit Friends & Relatives” fare, the holiday airline Condor is introducing a booking option for customers who wish to visit friends and family in their home country. With the introduction of the new tariff, Condor is responding to the request of many travel agencies to offer an option that is specially tailored to this customer group.
      • Swiss: 64 percent fewer passengers in the first half of the year
        • In the first half of 2020, the airline posted an operating loss of CHF 266.4 million.
      • Frankfurt Airport must lay off thousands of employees (Hessenschau)
        • The airport operator Fraport wants to cut up to 4,000 of the total of 22,000 jobs. Air traffic has collapsed and is recovering only slowly. Even in 2023, passenger numbers at the Frankfurt hub would still be 15 to 20 percent below the previous record levels, believes Fraport CEO Stefan Schulte.

Current surveys related to Tourism         

  • Almost half of the Germans want to travel in 2020, study by GFK (https://www.reisevor9.de/marketing/knapp-die-haelfte-der-deutschen-will-noch-2020-verreisen)
    • The survey shows that the travel intentions of Germans are strongly dependent on age
      • 31% of all respondents living in a household with children up to 15 years of age would like to spend a holiday within Germany in 2020.
      • 18% of families are planning a trip to another European country.
    • 1/3 do not want to travel at all this year. As a reason, 45 percent of them say that the prescribed mouth and nose protection and hygiene measures do not correspond to their holiday expectations.
    • 30% justify not travelling with the fear of corona – in the survey in May it was only 22 percent.
    • holiday apartments and houses are by far the most popular form of accommodation
    • Transportation
      • own car is the preferred way for 80% in Germany and even for 59% abroad
      • 1/3 want to fly to other European countries
    • Preffered regions/destinations
      • In Germany: dominance of the southern and northern regions
      • In the rest of Europe: Austria is ahead of Italy, the Netherlands and Spain with 17% of the entries.