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hostels, street kitchens, tuktuks, tattoo shops, bars - the Khao San Road in Bangkok is often the first stop in Asia for backpackers. The film "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio made the street famous. © Photo: Caroline Bock / dpa For Selina Springer and Nico Eckhardt from Karlsruhe, a stay in Bangkok's backpacker district no longer feels like a vacation. Many come because of the party mood - usually. The corona crisis has also affected Thailand.
The desire to travel among Germans is gradually waking up: After easing travel restrictions in the Corona crisis and growing hope for summer vacation in Europe, organizers are reporting increasing bookings.
"In the past two to three weeks we have seen a steady increase in demand," reports Ralph Schiller, Managing Director of the FTI Group. There is currently a particularly high level of interest in trips between Rügen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. But the demand for international business is also increasing.
Uncertainty due to coronavirus pandemic: Von der Leyen advises against booking summer vacation starting at
Given the corona crisis, nobody can make predictions for July and August, says the EU Commission chief. It is difficult to make vacation plans. © Photo: dpa / Sabrina Hentschel Anse Patates beach on the Seychelles island of La Digue EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen advises against booking the summer vacation because of the corona pandemic . "I advise to wait with such plans. No one can make reliable predictions for July and August at the moment," she told the "Bild am Sonntag".
- Vacation in Germany: "Since the German vacation regions are available again, we see a great demand on the coasts and mountains," said a Tui spokesman. In Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, some dates around May Day and Midsummer Weeks are already booked. There was also strong growth for southern Germany, sometimes by more than 100 percent compared to the previous year. FTI, DER Touristik and Alltours have also noticed a strong increase in demand for vacation in Germany recently. "This applies above all to the North and Baltic Seas, but the Alps and low mountain ranges are also attracting," reports DER Touristik.
- Hotels: However, not every holidaymaker should be able to get their preferred accommodation at the desired time. "Popular regions such as the coast or Bavaria have always been very busy during the summer holidays," explained Ralph Schiller, Managing Director of the FTI Group. Due to the distance rules, hotels could not fully utilize their capacities during the peak travel season this year. The result: «Some hotels cannot accept all vacationers who have already booked. We clarify this in each individual case and offer customers, for example, a different appointment or a different accommodation. » He does not expect similar problems with vacation packages to other European countries. "Hotel occupancy can be controlled via the flight offer."
No major long-distance trips possible for the time being
In the Corona crisis, the Federal Government's Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, considers summer vacations in Germany to be possible - but no long-distance trips. However, he advocated cautious easing in the current worldwide travel warning. © Photo: Aliki Nassoufis / dpa Travel this summer? The Federal Government's Tourism Commissioner considers this to be out of the question. But vacation in Germany is imaginable.
- Vacation abroad: “When vacation areas like Greece or Croatia signal that they want to open up to tourists, the demand increases immediately. A lot happens depending on the news, »said Schiller. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and counterparts from ten of Germany's most popular holiday destinations want to work towards opening the borders to tourists by the beginning of summer. Maas wants to lift the travel warning for German tourists, which is still valid worldwide until June 14, initially only for the European Union and replace it with individual travel information for the individual countries.
industry leader Tui says that there is a significant increase in bookings for trips to the Balearic Islands, Greece and Portugal. "Especially in Mallorca there is a catch-up effect - there are only 40 percent of the capacities used by early bookers," said the spokesman. DER Touristik currently sees a strongly increasing demand at a low level, especially for Mallorca and the Balearic Islands as a whole, the Canaries, Maldives, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and the Caribbean. Alltours records bookings for package tours especially for Mallorca, followed by Antalya, Crete and the Canary Islands. Schauinsland-Reisen is confident that “the European border openings will boost demand in the short term - also for the summer holidays”.
Tui offers free cancellations up to 14 days before departure.
Tui would like to move holiday-loving holidaymakers to new bookings through a particularly accommodating cancellation policy. "All customers who place a booking can cancel free of charge up to 14 days before departure and get their down payment back," said Tui Germany boss Marek Andryszak of the RTL media group.
- Air travel: Passengers have to be prepared for changed processes at the German airport. Obligation to wear a mask at certain points, rectified and therefore slower processes, but initially no medical checks - this is the guideline that the industry association ADV presented. The package of measures is said to almost completely eliminate the risk of infection for the lung disease Covid-19 when air traffic restarts, it said.
- Concerns: The chair of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warns against the rapid opening of European borders to tourism. "I would advise the government to keep the borders closed - in both directions," Montgomery told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "For health reasons, it would be best if people stayed where they live." Travel will increase the risk of a second wave of infection: "It will be harder than the first because we will no longer be so careful."
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805 €, this is the budget that the French will pay for their next stay. But behind this average there are many disparities hidden according to the region in which they live. © iStock A woman who books her vacation on her phone. Half of the French feel the need to change their air.