Vacationer confidence in Germany’s COVID-19 safety ascends as global travel is reignited
Country ranks lowest in infection risk survey and more travellers are staying longer
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International tourists have lauded Germany’s COVID19 safety precautions with the country ranking lowest for risk of infection in a new survey, while more tourists are now staying in Germany for longer, according to new data.
IPK International, a tourist market research specialist, asked travellers in 18 markets to rate COVID-19 infection risks. Overall named countries, Germany was recognised for its efforts to keep tourists safe, ranking lowest for infection risk.
Furthermore, a study conducted by ForwardKeys, the global reference for business intelligence, tourism, and travel trends, found that tourists flying into Germany are now booking longer stays, with the average length stay for June- July 2021 recorded as 16.7 days, compared with 10 days in 2019. The same study highlighted an increase in group bookings, with parties of two or more people increasing from 64.5 to 75.1 per cent of bookings.
Indians have been longing for a holiday and with reopening of destinations and easing of restrictions, the upcoming Festive Season (India’s second largest vacation period) presents a significant opportunity. With a clear intent to accelerate demand and catalyse bookings for Germany.
The new findings reinforce efforts by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) to attract tourists following the ease of travel restrictions and meet a surge in demand for travel options centred around wellbeing and sustainability. Earlier this year GNTB launched the ‘Feel Good’ and ‘German.Spa.Tradition’ campaigns to promote sustainable tourism and the plethora of spas for tourists.
With pent up travel demand, positive announcements on lifting of restrictions and Germany being reopened for Indians, customers are raring to travel said Romit Theophilus, Director for India, German National Tourist Office.
The relaunch of tourism is in full swing. It is also clear that the places where safety can be guaranteed, and that are not overcrowded, will be the first to experience a post-pandemic travel boom. And that is the case within Germany.
Germany began welcoming European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved, fully vaccinated travellers on 25 June. All travellers are advised to check individual German states entry requirements before travel.