Hoteliers and co. Despite the summer vacations and the trend towards vacations in one’s own country, business in july was worse than in the previous year.
A total of 45.4 million overnight stays were paid for by guests from germany and abroad, as the federal statistical office announced in wiesbaden on thursday. That was a drop of 22.8 percent compared to the same month last year. Foreign travelers in particular are missing in the corona crisis, and city tourism is having a particularly hard time of it.
Since the middle of march, a ban on overnight stays for private guests has been in effect due to the pandemic. The ban has been lifted since may, depending on the federal state. "After the lockdown in spring and the slow restart in may and june, parts of the tourism industry were able to breathe a little easier in july and august," said norbert kunz, managing director of the german tourism association (dtv). But it is already clear that "the losses from the lockdown cannot be made up this year, and the new figures after the restart show that we are still a long way from regaining our old successes."
The industry is looking to the autumn and winter months with particular concern. "Aubengastronomie will no longer be as possible as before," said kunz. This also applies to certain forms of events or active vacations.
In july, overnight stays by visitors from abroad fell by 56.7 percent to 4.8 million compared to the same month last year. Domestic travelers fared better during the vacation month – down 14.9 percent to 40.6 million overnight stays. In june, there had been a minus of about 34 percent here.
The president of the hotel and restaurant association (dehoga), guido zollick, recently pointed out the dramatic decline in the number of overnight stays by international guests. Many germans spent their vacations in their own country this summer, which benefited coastal regions such as mecklenburg-vorpommern in particular. But even there, sales fell by more than 20 percent in august, according to dehoga data.
Cities like hamburg and berlin, where trade fairs, concerts and sporting events were canceled in a big way, had the hardest time with regard to accommodations. "Business travelers as well as international visitors are sorely missing. The situation for city and conference hotels and event caterers is fatal," said zollick.
From january to july, hotels, guesthouses, vacation accommodation, campsites and other accommodation recorded a total of 162.5 million overnight stays, according to the statisticians – a drop of 42.2 percent compared to the same period last year. The data refer to lodging establishments with at least ten bed places.