ROUNDUP 2: Germany tourism below the level of the Corona crisis year 2020
(new: Statements by the German Tourism Association in the third and fourth paragraph)
WIESBADEN (dpa-AFX) – Germany tourism is heading for another massive year of losses in the corona pandemic. Despite a significant increase in the number of overnight stays in November, the balance for the first eleven months of 2021 was worse than in the comparable period of the corona crisis year 2020.
From January to November 2021, hotels, guest houses, campsites and the like booked a total of 293 million overnight stays, as the Federal Statistical Office announced in Wiesbaden on Wednesday. That was 0.9 percent less than in the same period of the previous year. Because of the pandemic, in some federal states overnight bans for private travelers were in place until June 2021. In 2020, however, only around two months – mid-March to mid-May – were affected by such bans in the first half of the year.
The industry is still a long way from “being able to build on old – pre-pandemic – successes, the cut caused by the pandemic is too great for that,” said the managing director of the German Tourism Association (DTV), Norbert Kunz, on request. The lockdown months in the first half of 2021 would have brought the industry billions in losses, which are far from being compensated.
While camping holidays, which are considered to be low-contact, and overnight stays in holiday homes in the second Corona year, according to the information, enjoyed great popularity, city tourism continued to suffer from the downturn at trade fairs and events. “The main thing now is to promote investments in a sustainable tourism infrastructure, to counter the shortage of skilled workers and workers and to achieve further quality improvements,” said Kunz.
The accommodation providers recorded a sharp increase to 24.6 million overnight stays last November. That was 165.5 percent more than in the same month of the previous year, which was marked by lockdown. Compared to November of the pre-crisis year 2019, however, the numbers were 24.2 percent lower.
There were big differences within the accommodation industry. According to the information, overnight stays on campsites increased by a strong 24.8 percent compared to November of the pre-crisis year 2019. Accommodation such as holiday apartments posted a slight decrease of 6.1 percent. Hotels, inns and guesthouses, on the other hand, recorded a significant decrease of 30.0 percent compared to November 2019.
Overall, according to a survey by the Ifo Institute at the end of last year, 58.8 percent of the accommodation establishments saw their existence threatened.
According to a recent survey by the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), sales in the entire industry, which also includes restaurants, bars and clubs, fell by 41 percent last year compared to 2019. In addition to the restrictions, the companies are also burdened by the lack of demand from guests and the lack of employees. According to Dehoga, around 9,300 hotels and restaurants across Germany took part in the survey between January 3rd and 6th