World Tourism in Franconia suffers from the Corona crisis

10:00  05 december  2020
10:00  05 december  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Tourism in Franconia fell sharply during the Corona crisis. Last year, according to the Franconian Tourist Association, the region recorded 25.3 million overnight stays, this year it could only be about half as many. "Basically, a decline in the number of overnight stays has been recorded in all 16 Franconian tourist areas," said managing director Angelika Schäffer. "In this respect, one cannot say that the corona crisis benefited."

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This year the tourism association registered eleven million overnight stays in Swiss francs by the end of September - a decrease of 37.3 percent compared to the same period last year. The cities of Nuremberg, Fürth, Erlangen and Schwabach were hit particularly hard, where the number of overnight stays even fell by 50.8 percent during the period.

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There were hardly any tourists from abroad, in addition to the cancellation of trade fairs, congresses and events, explained Schäffer. "In addition to the cities, the health resorts and spas are badly affected by the relatively late opening of the thermal baths."

In the summer, "a few more day trippers" came to Franconia. "In Ramsberg am Brombachsee, for example, the parking lot was full when the weather was nice," reported the managing director of the Franconian Tourism Association. "But the next stretch of beach, which may not be so well known, was still a lot free." The aim now is to draw the holidaymakers' attention to less well-known excursion destinations in Franconia.

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