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Due to the corona pandemic, the business basis has ceased to exist

Due to the corona pandemic, the business basis has ceased to exist

The border will also be torn on mainland Spain, just not in the Canary Islands. The archipelago in the Atlantic is therefore not a risk area and excluded from the travel warning.

The fear of economic collapse is great in the Balearic Islands. As one "fatal blow" called the newspaper "Diario de Mallorca" On Saturday the federal government decided to declare the Germans’ favorite holiday island and almost all of the rest of Spain a risk area and warn against traveling there. With that, the worst fears would have come true. That is one thing for tourism "Fatal blow"wrote the newspaper.

"What should you do there?"

Nowhere in Spain except on the Canary Islands are people so dependent on tourism as in the Balearic Islands. The industry contributes around 35 percent to economic output in both regions. The regional government was confident that the corona numbers would soon fall again. However, there were initially no signs of this.

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A family of three from Frankfurt was frightened by the travel warning on the last day of their vacation in Mallorca. "We had not expected that"says the mother, who doesn’t want to read her name in the press. The same applies to the test and the upcoming quarantine. "A lot of stress", the woman groans at the airport, runs towards the test center with her son and man. Another mother sees it calmly: "What should you do there." The doctor Andreas Mösbauer from Neu Isenburg says about the situation in Mallorca: "The bottom line is it’s as safe as it is here, maybe even safer."

Sources used: dpa news agency

For 20 years, Antonia from Tyrol was one of the most sought-after malle stars. Now the singer stops. One reason for the Ballermann-Aus is also the Corona crisis.

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While stars like Mickie Krause, Jürgen Drews, Jürgen Milski or Mia Julia are just waiting for everything on Ballermann to be the way it used to be, Antonia from Tyrol has had enough of Schinkenstrasse. The singer stops – after 20 years.

"It will never be the same there again"

"In my 20th anniversary year, it was with a heavy heart that I decided to end my live appearances at Ballermann"says the 40-year-old "picture"-Newspaper. Antonia, whose real name is actually Sandra Stumpter, made the decision in the past few weeks. "During the forced break due to the corona, I had time to think about the Ballermann. I think this place is past its prime. It will never be the same there again", says the native of Linz.

Antonia from Tyrol: She has been a successful musician for 20 years. (Source: imago images / Horst Galuschka)

In the past few years Antonia has performed two to three times a week at Ballermann, mainly in Bierkönig and in Upper Bavaria. She earned up to 200,000 euros per season. However, this is currently not possible. The party mile is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I want to leave that behind now"

Antonia actually wanted to celebrate her farewell with her fans, but this is no longer possible due to the closure. She doesn’t want to catch up with him. "I want to leave that behind now. That’s why I’m just breaking up without saying goodbye."

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Incidentally, the singer will not stop completely. The 40-year-old would like to continue performing in Germany and Austria. However, their fans will have to adjust to a new Antonia. "My music becomes more real and rockier. I swap the dirndl for the leather hot pants."

Sources used: Image: "Antonia from Tyrol puts an end to Ballermann!" (chargeable)

The head of the hotel and restaurant association sounds the alarm: every third company in the industry could go bankrupt due to Corona – despite humming tourism in Germany in the summer.

It is the year of the home vacation: Instead of lying on the beach in Turkey, Greece or Mallorca, hundreds of thousands are traveling within Germany this summer. With Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the last two federal states have now also had summer holidays. Therefore, in the coming weeks, another 20 million people are likely to go on vacation on the North and Baltic Seas, in the Lüneburg Heath or in Saxon Switzerland. 

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This is good news for hoteliers and restaurant operators in Germany. After the hospitality industry recently recorded a drop in sales of up to 75 percent compared to the previous year as a result of the corona lockdown, many companies can now look forward to greater capacity utilization again.

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But is the situation the same in all regions? How many hotels, pubs and restaurants are going to go bankrupt anyway – and what is the benefit of the lower value added tax for gastronomy? spoke to the general manager of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Ingrid Hartges. Ms. Hartges, you have just returned from your vacation – where have you been in Germany?

Ingrid Hartges: At the North Sea. It was wonderful!

And how full was it there?

It was already full, but the hotels were not 100 percent booked. On site I got the impression that many association members describe to us: The Germans are discovering their home country this summer, they are getting to know Germany from a new perspective. And above all: you have fun doing it. Where else abroad was on the program, many people now take the opportunity to travel to cities and regions that they have always wanted to visit. This is a very nice development that has strengthened the Germany tourism trend of recent years.

That sounds as if the situation for hotels in Germany is better than expected. Will you possibly even win the crisis?

No, we are far from that, despite all encouraging signals. The fact is: Most businesses were closed for ten weeks in the spring and did not generate any sales. These lost sales can no longer be made up. Many hoteliers and restaurateurs already have huge holes in their balance sheets. The hotel and catering industry will definitely be making big losses by the end of the year. Our industry is still doing very badly.

Dehoga General Manager Ingrid Hartges: "The restaurants are grateful for the VAT cut." (Source: Dehoga Bundesverband / Svea Pietschmann)

What does that mean in concrete terms?

It’s hard to say at the moment. As in all branches of the economy, it depends heavily on whether there will be a second wave or not. In addition, you cannot lump all companies together: While the restaurants and hotels in the tourist destinations, for example on the North Sea and Baltic Sea, currently generate 70 to 80 percent of the previous year’s turnover, the companies in large cities like Berlin often achieve just 30 up to 50 percent of sales in the same period of the previous year – because there is a lack of tourists from abroad, but above all of visitors to trade fairs, congresses and meetings.

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The loss of sales from spring can be extrapolated. How big will the minus be for the entire year – how many bankruptcies are threatening?

I fear that the existence of 70,000 companies in the hotel and restaurant industry is threatened, i.e. almost every third company in Germany. As I said, it is very difficult to extrapolate sales for the reasons mentioned. Under the premise that there will be no further lockdowns, I would say, using the thumbs-up, that the entire industry will generate around 30 to 40 percent less turnover on average this year. But that is a very rough forecast. In gastronomy in particular, sales also depend very much on the weather. The longer the restaurants, pubs and cafes can entertain their guests outside, the better for them. Conversely, if it gets cold earlier, it looks worse. Many companies are therefore very afraid of winter.

What must politics do to avert such a wave of bankruptcies?

Politics has already done a lot that has not only helped us, but also the economy as a whole. In view of the many hoteliers and restaurateurs who are currently earning less, we should adjust the tenancy and lease law in the next step. It cannot be that a hotel that has no turnover or is only occupied by 15 percent has to pay the rent unchanged. Here we advocate an appropriate distribution of risk between the lessor and lessee. Specifically, we would like to see a legal regulation in the form of a lease reduction claim due to the corona pandemic. This would be a great relief, especially for the companies in the big cities, where 20 to 30 percent are incurred as sales lease. Due to the corona pandemic, the business basis has ceased to exist. We also expect the bridging aid to be extended – especially for companies that still have no prospect of reopening, i.e. discos, clubs, but also pubs and bars in some places. The situation is also dramatic with the event caterers.

The fact that there have not yet been too many bankruptcies is also due to the fact that companies are not obliged to file for bankruptcy until the end of September. Should the exemption be extended?

No question about it, we must talk about that now. One thing is clear: the true extent of the crisis will only become apparent in late autumn.

The federal government also wanted to give the industry a hand with lowering VAT. How much does this measure help the companies?

The reduction in VAT on food is of fundamental importance. We have always called for such a reduction. In the crisis, however, it is of course even more important to use this measure to strengthen the companies and it helps to repay the loans in the medium term. The restaurants are grateful for that.

It is not necessarily the guests: Many restaurants and hotels deliberately do not pass the reduced tax on.

That’s true. But that was exactly the plan of politics. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz explicitly said that this measure should serve to strengthen the gastronomy. We are the industry hardest hit by the corona crisis. Almost all hotels and restaurants have not made a euro in sales for ten weeks, and because of the distance rules, the situation is nowhere near as good as it was before the crisis. We therefore need every euro that we can save through the tax cut. But my impression is also that the guests understand this very well.

Back to the second wave: How are restaurants, pubs and hotels preparing for another lockdown scenario?

This is a difficult question that depends a lot on when it comes and what causes it. What I do notice, however, is that many companies are currently investing consistently in hygiene and protective measures and making sure that the rules are observed. That is also important. Because we will have to implement distance and mask requirements for quite a while to contain Corona until a vaccine is found.

In other words, you do not expect any further normalization in the foreseeable future?

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We welcome the fact that the federal states are gradually allowing family celebrations and conferences again to a limited extent. However, we first have to defeat Corona before normal sociability, togetherness, and celebration can return.

Thank you for the interview, Ms. Hartges.

Sources used: Interview with Dehoga General Manager Ingrid Hartges

After a vacation trip to Mallorca, a family returned to Germany – and tested positive for the corona virus. The authorities have now announced details of the four infected.

A family of four tested positive for the corona virus on their return from the holiday island of Mallorca – but has so far shown no signs of illness. The family currently has no Covid 19 symptoms, said the spokesman for the city of Cottbus, Jan Gloßmann, on Thursday on request. Where the family was infected – possibly on the island or on the plane – is still unclear. The tracing of other possible infected people is in full swing. In order to trace the chain of infection, the health department has also contacted the airline and Spain, said the city spokesman. That is a routine procedure.

Family back since Sunday

The parents with two daughters returned to Germany on Sunday from a vacation in Mallorca – first by plane to Nuremberg, then by car to Cottbus. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) does not currently classify Spain as a risk area for corona infections. It was discovered that the Mallorca returnees were infected because an employer of a family member initiated a routine test – and it was positive.


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