Everything is different than expected on vacation 2020
2020 should be a record year for tourism. In fact, there is a global downturn in the world, and one cannot travel worry-free in Europe either. However, some types of vacation can grow even in the Corona crisis year.
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Strong minus in tourism in Germany
81 percent fewer tourists were counted in Germany in May 2020 compared to May 2019. The decrease, which the Federal Statistical Office counted among foreign guests, was particularly stark: minus 95 percent to just 176,465.
Of the federal states, Berlin was most affected with minus 90.5 percent guest overnight stays in May 2020 and Hamburg with minus 86.5 percent. Schleswig-Holstein did the best: The minus was “only” at 54.2 percent.
Travel warnings and travel advice from the countries
The travel advice and warnings about Corona are very different in different countries in Europe, as the selection on the map shows. For example, while Austria, Finland and Norway warn against travel to Portugal, the Federal Foreign Office does not advise German vacationers to travel there.
Flights scare vacationers
83 percent of passengers are concerned about being infected with the Corona virus while flying – on the plane or at the airport. This was the result of a survey by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) of passengers from eleven countries worldwide.
Most of them fear sitting near a fellow passenger who has Corona (65 percent), 59 percent are afraid of being infected in full airport buses or trains. 14 percent want to wait a year before getting back on a plane, 36 percent want to wait six months. Two thirds (66 percent) expect to fly less frequently after the pandemic than before.
Holiday homes and camping are booming
Cruise demand dropped dramatically
At the beginning of the year, the world’s largest cruise association CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) still expected a record-breaking 32 million cruise tourists on the world’s oceans in 2020.
Most of the more than 270 cruise ships worldwide are now at a standstill, only a few shipping companies such as Aida, TUI Cruises or Hurtigruten have already started operating again – but only with a few ships, with fewer passengers and without a stopover and shore leave in ports. The World Tourism Organization expects a maximum of six to twelve million cruise ships worldwide by the end of the year.
Worldwide tourism shrinks extremely
While 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were counted around the world last year, the UNWTO expects only 400 to 650 million worldwide this year.
Because of Corona more single vacation
According to a survey by the online travel portal eDreams / Odigeo, 41 percent of Europeans do without an escort on their next trip and prefer to travel alone – the reason is the corona pandemic. Originally, only a quarter of those surveyed wanted to go on vacation solo.
Holiday tan even without a trip to Mallorca
For many Germans, getting tanned is part of the holiday. Even if the trip to the south is canceled, they don’t want to do without it. According to a study by the market research company Nielsen, the demand for self-tanning creams in Germany has increased rapidly. In the first half of 2020 alone, 13 percent more were sold than in the first six months of last year.
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