Autumn vacations inspire tourism: Germans are eagerly traveling their own country

Tourism in Germany is booming: North Sea, Baltic Sea, Alps, low mountain ranges – many people rediscovered their own country during the pandemic. But travelers from abroad are still rare and the hard-hit industry is hoping for a golden October.

Tourism in Germany is approaching pre-crisis levels, but is not quite over the top yet. In August, the number of overnight stays in hotels, boarding houses and other accommodations rose by 13.4 percent to 56.1 million compared to the same month last year, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Although 51 million bookings were made by domestic tourists alone, the numbers were still 3.1 percent below August of the corona pre-crisis year 2019. Above all, destinations between the North and Baltic Seas and the Alps were in demand. In the case of travelers from abroad, 5.1 million were still 52.7 percent less than in the year before the Corona crisis, despite an increase of 10 percent.

The German Tourism Association (DTV) is confident about the autumn holidays, which have started in the first federal states. “A golden October gives the branch hope again for good capacity utilization nationwide. The demand seems good,” said DTV managing director Norbert Kunz. However, there is still accommodation available at short notice.

The losses from 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.

Tourism on the upswing, event industry still on the ground

“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 pre-crisis month of 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 sector continues to be concerned about the shortage of skilled workers. According to the survey of around 4600 participants, it is a problem for 79.6 percent of companies.

From January through August of the current year, hotels, guest houses, holiday homes, campsites and other accommodations recorded a total of 180.3 million overnight stays. That was 15 percent less than in the same period last year. Because of the corona pandemic, some federal states were partially banned from staying overnight for private travelers until June. The ban was then relaxed regionally depending on the local pandemic situation.