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 fitness studios
- Admission to sport clubs
- Opening of the tourism industry (hotels and restaurants)
- Further openings of schools and kindergardens
- Travel within Germany
- Quarantine obligation
Current relevant topics within the tourism industry
The German government decided on 3rd June 2020 that the travel warning for the member states of the European Union, for Schengen associated states and for the United Kingdom would be lifted as from 15th June and replaced by individual travel warnings.
- Exact dates of the individual countries are still to be confirmed.
- EU launches website with Corona travel information
- The site provides information on quarantine regulations, restaurant rules and other Corona regulations in each country: https://reopen.europa.eu/de
- EU lets people from 14 countries re-enter the country
- From July 1st onwards, travellers from Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay (amongst others), will be allowed to cross the borders into Europe again. Despite the low number of corona cases, China should only be considered if, in return, the entry restrictions for Europeans will also be lifted.
- The two largest German airports, Frankfurt and Munich, offer now quick PCR-testing for Corona virus
- This allows international travellers to avoid quarantine, which applies to many countries of entry, unless there is a negative corona test result.
- Corona tests do not exclude infections
- Required PCR tests on entry from risk areas can only be snapshots. According to studies, they are may be unreliable, especially for people without symptoms.
- DRV demands pandemic clause in travel law
- The “mandatory repayment obligation of the organisers in the event of cancellation of the package tour due to unavoidable, exceptional circumstances” should not be designed for the pandemic case, according to the German Travel Association, DRV, President Norbert Fiebig: “Germany should use its EU Council Presidency to change this”.
Current relevant topics within the aviation industry
- Emirates is expanding its flight offerings:
- Of interest to transfer passengers from Germany are Osaka (from 7 July) and Tokyo-Narita (from 8 July). Also new from Dubai are flights to Khartoum (from 3 July), Amman (from 5 July), Athens (from 15 July), Larnaca (from 15 July) and Rome (from 15 July)
- Air France-KLM to receive loan also from the Netherlands
- Two months after France decided to grant €7 billion to the airline group, the Netherlands comes to the rescue of Air France-KLM with €3.4 billion in state aid, reports informs.
Current surveys related to Tourism
- Study by FUR (Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen):
- “Germans are slowly getting in the mood to travel”(https://www.trvlcounter.de/corona-krise/deutsche-kommen-langsam-in-reiselaune-4528789/)
- 50 % are sure that they want to travel this year
- 19 % have no travel plans
- 60 % said they could afford a holiday trip, despite the Corona crisis
- 60% affirm they’d have the time now to travel
- 30 % already have concrete plans and even know where they want to go
- Top destinations mentioned: Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Greece.
- Survey by DRV:
- “German citizens are starting to book trips abroad”(https://www.fvw.de/destination/news/drv-analyse-bundesbuerger-buchen-wieder-mehr-auslandsreisen-210017?utm_source=/meta/newsletter/fvwammorgen&utm_medium=/fvw%20am%20Morgen/long&utm_campaign=nl2125&utm_term=d6a49325c50203368db4ee58c95c0df0)
- After just booking first trips in Germany, the interest to make further bookings increase
- Interest is currently shifting towards air travel to the Mediterranean (short-medium haul)
- during the last week:
- 15 % booked a flight to the Balearic Islands – such as Mallorca or Ibiza
- 11 % for the Canary Islands
- 21 % Greece
- 25 % travels within Germany
- Demand for package tours grows continuously
- Survey by the market research company Hopp:
- “Germans are divided when it comes to travel”(https://www.reisevor9.de/marketing/deutsche-sind-in-sachen-reisen-gespalten)
- The travel intentions are as heterogeneous as the attitude of German citizens to the Corona pandemic as a whole:
- 45 % want to actively enjoy the summer and some wanted to travel abroad
- 55 % thinks travel is still a taboo.
- 41 % of Germans (“concerned supporters”) have severely restricted their leisure activities and cancelled holidays abroad.
- 14 % (“Concerned Passives”) still considers the current world situation as an obstacle to out-of-home activity.
- 30 % (“Calm activists”) feels somewhat threatened by corona, but trust in the effectiveness of the protective measures.
- 15 % (“unconcerned critics”) do not feel personally threatened by Corona and would not be afraid to get infected.
- It is above all the last two groups mentioned above that the travel industry can now rely on.
- However, a great percentage (56%) of Germans will not travel long-haul yet in 2020, according to the study. These Germans do not believe it will be possible to travel extensively/long-haul until about May 2021, the date on which a majority responded to the question of when “everyday life in Germany shall be largely normal again”.
- However, 17 % said that they firmly believe end of the crisis will arrive in the coming months (by the end of 2020)