Released on 21.09. 2021 Holidaymakers relax on the Arenal beach in Mallorca. Photo: Clara Margais Already heard? You can now also have your messages read out to you. Simply click on the play symbol in any article or add the article to your personal playlist using the plus symbol and listen to it later. Listen to the article: The summer is being extended: The interest in travel destinations around the Mediterranean in autumn seems to be great. A decision by the USA also gives hope to the tourism industry. 2021 Berlin (dpa) - According to the travel association DRV, bathing destinations around the Mediterranean are particularly popular with holidaymakers from Germany this autumn. The demand for package travel destinations in Spain, Greece and Turkey is particularly high. Many Mediterranean countries - including Greece, Italy and Turkey - have the Extended season. Hotels and holiday resorts are open longer than usual and could still be a vacation destination at the end of October and November, according to the DRV. The autumn holidays begin in the first federal states at the beginning of October. The organizers and Lufthansa reacted with relief to the US government's announcement that foreigners would be allowed to re-enter the country with a corona vaccination from November. According to Lufthansa, the number of bookings for flights across the North Atlantic skyrocketed. According to the DRV, Egypt, the Maldives and Seychelles are also very popular with holidaymakers this autumn. There is also a high level of interest in destinations that can be reached by car, bus or train. In particular, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands are in demand. Easing the corona measures strengthens the desire to travel Because travel regulations are changing can change quickly due to the corona pandemic, many sun-seekers book at short notice - on average four to six weeks before the planned start of their vacation. "This shows that the German citizens are increasingly turning their desire to travel, which they had built up in the first half of the year, into concrete travel plans as the vaccination rate progresses," explained the DRV. As soon as a travel or quarantine restriction falls for a country, it will also be booked. Many of the long-distance destinations traditionally in demand in autumn, however, are still not due to restrictions to combat the pandemic for tourists accessible. DRV President Norbert Fiebig therefore welcomed the US announcement that it would lift the entry ban for fully vaccinated EU citizens. "It is very good and hopeful news that vaccinated people from the EU and Great Britain will be able to return to the USA for tourist purposes from November onwards." According to Fiebig, the country is the most important long-haul travel destination for the German market with over two million visitors from Germany every year. Airlines breathe a sigh of relief Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr spoke of a big step out of the crisis for the Group's airlines and of good news for the transatlantic partnership. "From November onwards, families and friends will finally be able to meet again and business partners will again be able to develop their relationships personally." In the first few hours after the announcement, bookings for Lufthansa flights over the North Atlantic had risen by 40 percent. The flight offer between Europe and the USA has already increased to more than 200 weekly connections to US targets have been expanded and could be expanded at short notice.