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For around 28 percent of consumers, travel is simply not an issue in the Corona year 2021. That is the result of a survey by the management consultancy PwC.
Only a good 15 percent of those surveyed stated that they had already booked a vacation trip. Another 27 percent have not yet booked, but are planning a vacation trip.
But even for those who make vacation plans despite Corona, the pandemic has a noticeable impact on vacation planning. According to their own statement, more than two thirds would probably or even definitely cancel their trip if there is an increased risk of infection at the holiday destination or if they would have to go into quarantine when they return to Germany. One in three respondents made their vacation trip dependent on having received a corona vaccination before starting the trip.
According to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU), the vaccinations help to return to normal faster. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that vaccinated people are allowed to travel: “I’m cautious about privileges. That can only be justified if everyone who wants to be vaccinated can actually be vaccinated,” said the CDU politician of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. It’s not that far yet. “The vaccinated party, the others watch? That would not contribute to social peace,” said Altmaier. In addition, care must be taken that there are no contradictions with regard to the travel rules, he said. “It wasn’t always like this in the end.”
The majority of those keen to travel would like to go on vacation in Germany this year. European countries are in second place in the travel ranking. Only in third place are more distant travel destinations outside of the old continent.
The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Barei (CDU), is optimistic about the upcoming summer holiday season. “We expect the delivery of almost 80 million vaccine doses for Germany by the end of June and are continuously improving our test strategies,” Barei told “Welt am Sonntag”. He is therefore convinced that traveling in Germany and Europe will be easier and safer again. “People finally want to get out again.”
However, it is inevitable to continue to maintain certain security measures. As with the definition of risk areas, Barei demands not to focus solely on the incidence values. “The important thing is that we get away from the quarantine rules and that testing plays a bigger role.”
In principle, according to the survey, individual trips are more popular than package tours in all regions this year. It fits in with the fact that self-catering apartments are clearly the preferred type of accommodation this year. Classic hotel rooms only follow in second place on the popularity scale.
Your own car or rental car are by far the most popular means of transport for traveling to and from your holiday destination. In second place follows – at a certain distance – the aircraft. Trains and buses are left behind here.
According to the survey, consumers who are not planning a trip this year also often have something to do with the pandemic. After all, 58 percent of them said that the risk of infection was too high for them. And around 39 percent found the restrictions to be expected at the vacation spot too drastic. However, almost one in three also stated that they could not afford a vacation. Multiple answers were possible for this question.
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