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14:47  14 may  2020
14:47  14 may  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Summer vacation is just around the corner for many people - if it weren't for the corona crisis.

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What the holiday could look like despite the pandemic is currently being discussed across Europe. Thomas Bareiß , tourism representative of the German federal government , is exploring opportunities with some EU countries.

Austria is negotiating the opening of the borders to Germany . In South Tyrol , the hotels are preparing for German tourists. Also in Brussels plans are being made as to how European vacations can succeed in the pandemic . The EU Commission wants to present recommendations for the tourism industry , which has been hard hit by the pandemic , this Wednesday.

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The Social Democrats in the European Parliament are already making a proposal to save summer vacation : an EU-wide uniform hygiene certificate for hotels and resorts. "People who are ready to go on vacation will look for an orientation on how to minimize the risk of infection," says a position paper by SPD European politician Ismael Ertug , published by the German Press Agency is present.

"When we fly or drive on vacation , we want to be sure that the hotel booked has taken measures to protect against infection," said the Vice-Group leader. "Such common protection standards should be visible through a European tourism certificate." This also helps to ensure that responsible providers are not pushed out of the market by dubious hotels. Such a certificate should set European-wide hygiene standards and can be issued by state authorities or test organizations such as the Tüv or the Dekra , the paper says.

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approval of the proposal came from the German Travel Association ( DRV ). "The aim of all considerations - European and national - must be to pave a safe way for a vacation trip in a timely manner - in Germany , Europe and in the world," DRV President Norbert Fiebig told Handelsblatt . This requires European and national initiatives.

According to the proposal, the hotels should be checked for a number of aspects: equipment names, among other things, sufficient options for disinfection and cleaning , maintaining physical distance, measuring the temperature of new guests, multilingual information via app, for example, and food hygiene during meals. Buffets could exist, but the food could only be handed out by the staff. In order to attract personnel for additional tasks, other activities should be automated further - such as washing dishes or garbage disposal.

In addition, the Social Democrats in the EU Parliament are pushing for a European travel guarantee fund. This should secure vouchers issued for canceled flights and package tours against the bankruptcy of the companies. According to EU law, vacation packages and plane tickets must actually be reimbursed promptly. Such a fund could make the voucher solution more attractive to consumers and ensure the liquidity of companies.

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EU Transport Commissioner Adina Valean did not go into the poll on the Environment Committee of the EU Parliament on Monday, but instead confirmed her position: Passengers should have the right to reimbursement if they do not want a voucher. The EU countries could make vouchers more attractive to consumers.

In the event that the EU countries cannot agree on uniform travel rules, Greece has established contacts with Israel, Cyprus , Austria , Australia , Bulgaria and other states according to government information. The aim is to negotiate travel rules at the bilateral level so that tourism can start again. "Free movement is one of the foundations of the EU and can no longer be ignored," said government spokesman Stelios Petsas in Athens . Greece fears catastrophic consequences for the extremely important tourism industry.

The tour operators are also active: TUI has also developed a plan for the resumption of hotel operations - from booking in travel agency to an excursion at the holiday location. Customer surveys clearly indicated "that safety and hygiene are the top priority in times after the lockdown," the company said.

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The governor of South Tyrol , Arno Compatibility , expects German tourists to be able to travel to the Italian province again from summer. In Bayerischer Rundfunk , he said he hoped that freedom of travel would be restored at least in part from June and at the latest in July. "The hotels are getting ready."

The tourism representative Bareiß recommended that early booking and regular guests be given preferential treatment to hotels that cannot accommodate all holidaymakers due to the corona. "On site you have to see which guests have really booked long-term," said Bareiß in RTL / ntv- "early start". So far, the hotels are only fully booked to 70 or 80 percent.

He is currently in talks with Tourism Ministers Italy and Greece , according to Bareiß . Together they develop travel and security concepts. He also hoped for a gradual opening of the border, "so that we would go on vacation in summer - not only in Germany , but that vacation is also possible in Europe ".

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