Wiesbaden (dpa) – Germany tourism is approaching the pre-crisis level, but is not yet completely over the top. In August, the number of overnight stays in hotels, guest houses and other accommodations rose by 13, 4 percent to 56, 1 Millions, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday.
However, the numbers were still 3.1 percent below August of the corona year before the crisis 2019. Destinations between the North and Baltic Seas and the Alps were particularly popular with holidaymakers from inland. The German Tourism Association (DTV) is confident about the autumn holidays, which have started in the first federal states.
«A golden October gives the industry hope for good capacity utilization again nationwide. The demand seems good, ”said DTV managing director Norbert Kunz. However, there would still be accommodation at short notice.
The losses caused by the pandemic could not be made up, but tourism players could breathe a sigh of relief, said Kunz with a view to the summer holidays. However, tourism in Germany could not cope with another lockdown. “Vaccinations are an elementary aspect in this context,” warned Kunz.
The number of overnight stays by domestic guests rose in August compared to the same month last year 13, 7 percent to 51 millions. For travelers from abroad, the figure was 5.1 million, despite an increase of 10 percent still 52, 7 percent less than in the year before the Corona crisis.
“The trend towards short breaks and vacation at home continues,” said Guido Zöllick, President of the Dehoga Hotel and Restaurant Association. Many people have rediscovered Germany as a travel destination. Companies with predominantly tourism sales are currently benefiting from this. According to a recent Dehoga survey, they reported growth of 4.0 percent in September compared to the month before the crisis 2019, in August they had recorded an increase of 3.0. Business and conference hotels, event caterers as well as clubs and discos continued to complain about significant revenue shortfalls.
The industry continues to be concerned about the shortage of skilled workers. According to the survey of around 4600 participants for 79, 6 percent of the companies.
From January up to and including August of In the current year, hotels, guest houses, holiday homes, campsites and other accommodations recorded a total of 3 million overnight stays 180. That was 15 percent less than in the same period of the previous year. Because of the corona pandemic, in some federal states an overnight stay ban for private travelers was in place until June. The ban was then relaxed regionally depending on the local pandemic situation.