The Germans will spend the winter in their country… but also in Spain

This summer, bookings from Germany to their favorite sun and beach destinations they were 59% below 2019 figureswith Spain being the country that accounted for 30% of packages or combined services booked through the end of August, followed by Greece (27.4%) and Turkey (2.7%), according to TDA data (Travel data + analytics) cited by Turespaña. Due to the lack of security in planning and the fact that some long-distance destinations still maintain certain restrictions, “the overall aggregate of all destinations for the 2021/22 winter season shows 51% less than on the same dates of the reference season, winter 2019/20”. Despite the fact that the volcano situation in La Palma has slowed bookings, the Canary Islands remain the most chosen destination for Germans this winter.

the Quarterly Outlook Report Turespaña says Germans wanting to go on vacation in the fourth quarter of the year “still lack planning security” and that’s why the contraction compared to winter 2019/2020. However, they believe ‘changes are likely soon’ as popular long-distance destinations will allow vaccinated overseas tourists to enter ‘just in time for the winter season’.

The United States will reopen its borders to those vaccinated on November 8; Cuba, which this year has the Germans as the third source market, from November 7 will eliminate the quarantine for vaccinated people and in the Dominican Republic, which is among the preferred international destinations, tourists will no longer have to present a vaccination card. against COVID-19 or negative PCR tests for the disease.

The Turespaña report, based on the latest FUR surveys for the 21/22 winter season, shows that approximately 20% of respondents have specific travel and destination plans, another quarter intend to travel, although they do not yet know where; the same percentage do not know if they will travel and the others have no intention of doing so in the coming months.

Being immunized, the effectiveness of measures against COVID-19 at destination, flexible booking conditions (modification and cancellation), the elimination of travel restrictions and health and safety measures in means of transport, the accommodation and the destination in general, are some of the determining factors for making a trip to Europe in the coming weeks.

Turespaña points out that “one more year, inland destinations predominate, although to a lesser extent than in 2020, as well as nearby road access destinations”.

This winter, 46% of travelers want to stay in Germany, but among the favorite foreign destinations is Spain, which comes first with a share of 12%.

Outside the country, interest is also focused on road access destinations (Austria, Holland, Italy and France), while “6% want to go to Greece and 5% to Turkey”, adds Turespaña.

Another fact to take into account, four out of ten recognize that without the pandemic they would have chosen another destination.

Interest in Spain continues

During the summer, destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean “hardly had a leading role in 2021 due to restrictions”, the report said. However, Greece has gained shares against Spain, since the increase in the cumulative incidence of COVID and consequently the travel restrictions imposed on them a few weeks later.

Turespaña confirms that “interest in the destination Spain remains high” and the Canary Islands are the leading winter destinations in the German market.

“The Canary Islands are by far the most booked winter travel destination. The Maldives are in second place and the Dominican Republic in fourth,” according to Turespaña.

“Although the reserves have slowed down a bit for the whole archipelago following the eruption of the volcano on the island of La Palma, there is no movement towards other destinations. Egypt and Tunisia, both sunny destinations in the German winter, will take time to take off due to the delay of their vaccination campaigns,” the Prospective report states.

Connectivity for winter

According to OAG data (at the time of the closing of the forward-looking report) for the period from October 1 to December 31, they should 2,708,268 seats from Germany to Spain, “Triple than in the same period of the previous year (945,550 places)”, and 21% less than in the same period of 2019.

The Canary Islands airports total 884,398 seats from Germany, or 32.6% of the total capacity.

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