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US News Despite Corona: Travel industry wants to make summer holidays possible this year

13:45  27 february  2021
13:45  27 february  2021 Source:   ksta.de

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Germany's tour operators are hoping for a wave of travel for the summer season despite the continued high Corona numbers. After a year of crisis, mass rapid tests and a digital vaccination card are supposed to bring about an urgently needed turnaround in tourism. According to the German Travel Association (DRV), the losses caused by Corona are increasingly troubling companies in view of the months-long lockdown.

Ein Flugzeug landet auf dem Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (BER) vor buntem Abendhimmel. © dpa An airplane lands at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in front of a colorful evening sky.

According to the DRV, the German tour operators and agencies recorded a drop in sales of 80 percent last year, and in January even more than 90 percent. DRV President Norbert Fiebig therefore appealed: "The people who finally want to get out again need a perspective, but also the companies that offer and arrange trips, as well as the almost three million employees in tourism." The holiday countries are also dependent on tourists .

More corona rapid tests: Free tests will be the topic at federal-state meetings

 More corona rapid tests: Free tests will be the topic at federal-state meetings The federal government wants to discuss the planned expansion of corona rapid tests with the states. They could be a means to secure opening steps on a daily basis, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday after deliberations on the subject in the Corona cabinet. © dpa A doctor carries out a corona test. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had announced that all citizens will be offered free rapid tests from March 1st, which must be removed by trained staff.

give the industry hope, in addition to the announcement of rapid tests that anyone can carry out themselves, and above all the EU's considerations to introduce a kind of corona vaccination pass for free travel. EU Council President Charles Michel said after a summit meeting that the 27 states were converging in their ideas. Each country can then decide for itself which rights are attached to the document.

Increased interest in vacation

“Travel in Europe will be possible in summer 2021 - safely and responsibly,” the head of the Tui tourism group, Fritz Joussen, decided afterwards. However, the technical development of the EU vaccination pass should take around three months. And so far mainly older people and people in need of care who will not necessarily fly to Mallorca or Malta in the summer have been vaccinated. However, this does not detract from the optimism of the industry.

Hotel holidays only for vaccinated people

 Hotel holidays only for vaccinated people The tour operator Alltours will soon only accept hotel guests with a vaccination against the corona virus. © Provided by COSMOPOLITAN Corona Alltours wants corona vaccination for guests Alltours announced that it will soon require a corona vaccination for all guests of the Allsun hotels. The company plans to implement this plan from October 31, 2021, as reported by ntv .

“A European vaccination certificate can help restore freedom of travel. There's no doubt about that, ”said Joussen. Tui is already in close coordination with Spain, Greece and Cyprus for the summer season. Other Mediterranean countries would soon follow. According to Joussen, interest in holidays is already reflected more strongly in “bookings and sales”.

Internationally recognized digital vaccination and test certificates

The managing director of DER Touristik Deutschland, Mark Tantz, described the EU summit as a milestone. "The digital vaccination record will be a significant relief for travel and especially on long-haul routes," he said. In addition, a well-engineered test strategy will “lead us to normality up to herd immunity”.

Lufthansa also assumes that travel to areas with manageable numbers of infections will be possible again with a comprehensive test strategy. Internationally recognized digital vaccination and test certificates are of great importance for restarting air traffic, said a spokeswoman.

, on the other hand, the travel group FTI assesses the situation more cautiously. "In our opinion, the discussion about the vaccination certificate has started too early," said manager Ralph Schiller. "The proportion of vaccinated people in the population is still far too low for a vaccination certificate to mean a real change for the travel industry and holidaymakers at this point in time."

Schiller pointed out that the number of guests in the next few months would not be the same as before Corona is to be expected if the possibility of traveling is linked to the vaccination certificate. A technical implementation of the passport by autumn would be "completely sufficient" for him. Broad test options in the short term are more important. (dpa)

New Corona rules: When can you go on vacation again this year? .
Germany should reopen in five stages, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of government of the federal states agreed on this at the summit on Wednesday. In principle, the corona lockdown should continue until March 28th. But for botanical gardens, museums, sports activities and flight schools, there will be easing from Monday. Then it should go step by step in five stages, depending on the incidences in districts or federal states, for example with restaurants.

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