Holidays 2020: How tourism developed in Germany

Germany Vacation 2020

Despite Corona, there are also winners in tourism in Germany

On land, on the water, in the air: tourism in Germany almost only knows losers in the Corona year. The fact that there are still a few winners is also due to the tendency among Germans to have dark complexions.

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The final resting place of the luxury liners

Here the cruise ships are waiting to be scrapped, on the coast of the Turkish city of Aliaga.

Vacation despite Corona

BThe majority of Germans have an unbroken desire to travel: 52.8 percent want to travel in the next six months, 39.7 percent of them within Germany, 39.9 percent in Europe and 12.0 percent to other continents.

Bus and train heavily in the red

In the first half of 2020, there were only half as many long-distance passengers nationwide as in the first half of 2019. The railway carried 41 million passengers, 43 percent fewer, and the number of long-distance buses fell by 67 percent to 3.5 million.

More young people traveling

In 2019, holiday guests in Germany were on average 42.9 years old. In 2020, the average age has dropped by around a year so far – more younger Germans have vacationed in their own country due to Corona. Younger travelers tend to be drawn to cities and the mountains.

With baby in Bavaria: In addition to city trips, younger travelers prefer holidays in the mountains

Source: Getty Images / Westend61

Federal states in comparison

Across Germany, the number of tourist arrivals fell from January to August 2020 by 45.1 percent to 70.4 million. All federal states reported a massive decrease in the number of guests during this period, but they performed differently: in three countries the minus was over 50 percent (dark red), in eight countries between 40 and 50 percent (light red), in four countries between 30 and 40 percent ( orange). Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone achieved a minus of under 30 percent (yellow) – all figures compared to the same period in the previous year.

Lower number of tourist arrivals in German federal states in 2020

There were only rays of hope in the holiday months of July and August: Here, 16 of 143 holiday regions achieved an increase in guests compared to the same month last year (green), most of them in eastern Germany. 127 holiday regions performed worse than in summer 2019.

Tourist arrivals in July and August 2020

Number of flights has shrunk dramatically

While 226.9 million passengers were counted at German airports in 2019, it was only 46.4 million from January to August 2020 – a decrease of 69.5 percent compared to the first eight months of the previous year. The minus towards China (-83.9 percent), Italy (-75.9 percent) and the USA (-74.3 percent) was particularly large. The number of passengers at Germany’s largest airport in Frankfurt has meanwhile shrunk to 14.9 million (-68.4 percent).

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Camping in summer 2020

Germany’s campsites have had limited success. The number of overnight stays in tents, campers or caravans in the summer months from June to August was 23.2 million across Germany – an increase of 1.8 percent over the same period in the previous year. The clear winners include four eastern German states and Schleswig-Holstein.

If you look at camping nights from January to August, the bottom line is a minus of 11.4 percent compared to the same period last year, despite the gains in summer.

Tourism on German campsites in summer 2020

Cruising in the greatest doldrums

In 2019, the shipping companies reported more than 3.1 million passengers from Germany, for 2020 it was expected that even more guests would. In fact, all cruise ships have been idle since mid-March.

Only in July did a few ships with German guests on board set sail, the total number of passengers after the mandatory break is currently below 50,000. TUI Cruises carried a good 40,000 guests, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises around 4,000, Aida Cruises around 2,000.

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Big cities lose a lot in tourism

The big cities in East and West are hardest hit by the decline in tourists – between January and August 2020 the number of arrivals fell between 44 and almost 60 percent (compared to the same period last year). Munich, Frankfurt / Main and Berlin report the greatest minus. Nevertheless, the capital remains Germany’s most visited metropolis.

Decline in tourists in major German cities in 2020

Self-tanner instead of a beach vacation

Germans bought around 13 percent more self-tanners in the first half of 2020 – an artificial brown complexion as a consolation for a fancy beach vacation.

Lufthansa introduces rapid tests for passengers

Rapid antigen tests could become an important addition to the German test strategy and possibly enable more public life again. The German aviation industry also has high hopes for this.

Source: WELT / Philipp Reichelt

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Welt am Sonntag from November 15, 2020

Source: Welt am Sonntag


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