Overview of the latest news in the tourism industry

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Summer 2020

Olimar

Summer holidays

The German government will end its official travel warning for 29 countries in Europe as of June 15, paving the way for Germans to be able to go on holiday this summer. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Easyjet/Ben Queenborough

Summer schedule

Easyjet will start flying German travellers to foreign destinations again on July 1 as it resumes a large part of its flight programme with new anti-coronavirus health and safety measures. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Eurowings

Summer takeoff

Germany’s main leisure airlines are preparing to take off to major holiday destinations from next month as international tourism starts to warm up again after a three-month deep-freeze during the worst of the corona crisis. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lufthansa

Stabilization package

The Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) of Germany has informed Lufthansa that the stabilization package for the company has been approved. The Executive Board of the airline also supports the package encompassing stabilization measures and loans of up to €9 billion. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Border openings

The German government plans to end its global travel warning in mid-June and permit holidays in many European destinations this summer under certain conditions. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Riu Hotels , Riu Hotels

Summer 2020

Tour operators in Germany are gearing up to send customers on holiday again next month as travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic are eased in many international destinations. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Jessica Schmid

Rescue fund demands

For almost four weeks now, German travel agents have been taking to the streets demanding state support in a desperate situation. Small firms in particular have been hit hard by booking cancellations and clients demanding repayments. Protests will continue all over Germany next week. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lufthansa

Schedule and rebooking extended

The Lufthansa Group is extending its free rebooking period until the end of 2021. Starting in June, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss will expand their flight schedule. Moreover, the German carrier has disclosed its subsidiaries in “tax havens” in order to obtain state aid. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Monday, May 18, 2020

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Bankruptcy due to corona

The German travel trade is suffering heavily from the corona crisis. Booking cancellations and disappearing hopes for a voucher scheme to prevent large-scale customer repayments force tour operators to file for bankruptcy. But a lot of travel agencies are affected, too. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Destinations reloaded

Tourism managers in Germany are welcoming plans by Mediterranean and other European destinations to start carefully resuming business as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased and borders are re-opened. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

TUI

Corona crisis

Leaner than before, more efficient, faster and more digital: These are the goals TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen announced when presenting the company’s half-year results. This would mean cuts in investments, costs, size and presence around the world. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

TUI Group

Re-opening plans

Europe’s two biggest tour operator groups, TUI and DER Touristik, want hotels to introduce social distancing measures and improve hygiene standards, including by scrapping buffet catering, in order to operate safely once anti-coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tobago

Videos in Corona times

“Together strong for the future”: This is the slogan of a new initiative of fvw and TravelTalk, the two travel trade magazines published by FVW Medien. In the series of videos powered by the Tobago Tourism Agency, tourism professionals from all over the world are sending encouraging messages to the travel trade. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

TUI / Christian Wyrwa

Financial impact

The hard-hit German tourism industry is seeking state support to cope with a near-€11 billion Covid-19 financial hit amid continued booking cancellations and disappearing hopes for a voucher scheme to prevent large-scale customer repayments. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Cunard

Cancellations extended

Most cruise companies have extended their cancellations from May until July because of long-lasting worldwide travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, there were bad tidings for TUI Cruises. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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Holiday sales

Germany has extended its global travel warning until June 14, prompting tour operators to start cancelling bookings throughout May and early June while hoping for a return to holiday sales soon afterwards. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Condor

After PGL withdrawal

Condor takes off again: The German leisure charter airline has received clearance from the European Commission for a €550 million state-guaranteed public loan it had applied for in order to avoid liquidity bottlenecks. …more

by Holger Jacobs – 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

FVW Medien/RIM

Holiday vouchers

The German government should copy a dozen other EU states by introducing a national scheme promoting vouchers for cancelled holiday bookings after Brussels rejected the plan, tourism leaders are demanding. …more

by Paul Needham – 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

DER Touristik

Reorganisation

Game over for LTI: DER Touristik is integrating its traditional hotel brand under the roof of Sentido, a brand it has recently acquired from Thomas Cook. The rebranding is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2022. …more

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