The German tourism industry is not counting on a recovery this year and is talking about a drop in bookings compared to last year by two thirds.
"For the summer season, we have recorded 76 percent fewer bookings than last year, which was already weak anyway," said Michael Frenzel, director of the Association of German Tourist Entrepreneurs (BDT) in an interview with Welt am Sonntag.
He explained that the number of cancellations in recent weeks has exceeded the number of new bookings.
"I think that citizens expect that the situation will normalize only from the third quarter. Most bookings for holidays are in the autumn. In that period, we have recorded much fewer cancellations," said Frenzel.
At the same time, the director of the TUI tourism, Fritz Joussen, believes that an increase in the number of bookings could soon follow. He particularly pointed to the positive developments in some regions such as Israel, the US and the UK.
"I don't know what the politicians will decide in the coming weeks, but I see positive signals both in Germany and abroad," Joussen said.
At last week's meeting of business representatives with Minister Peter Altmaier, the tourism industry asked the minister for "clear perspectives" for the coming period.