Concerned about a stalled vaccination effort, German tourism and travel industry associations are appealing to the federal and state governments to significantly accelerate vaccination efforts.

– Jochen Szech, President of the Alliance of Independent Travel Companies (ASR),
– Michael Rabe, Secretary General of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW),
– Ingrid Hartges, Chief Executive of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA),
– Dirk Inger, Chief Executive of the German Travel Association (DRV),
– Norbert Kunz, managing director of the German Tourism Association (DTV),
– Markus Luthe, Chief Executive of the German Hotel Association (IHA),
– Benedikt Esser, President and CEO of the International Coach Tourism Association (RDA),
– Michael Buller, Chairman of the Association of Internet Travel Distribution (VIR)


“Vaccination is the most effective tool in the fight against Corona. Germany is on the right track, but vaccination must not be allowed to stall now. There are still not enough people who have been vaccinated twice to rule out a relapse in the fall. There must be no pause in vaccination now. The summer weeks in particular must be used for vaccination. The federal and state governments are called upon to do much more to educate people about vaccinations, to make access easier and to provide clear incentives. Even on vacation in Germany, for example, vaccinations must be possible regardless of where you live. In any case, however, questionable and counterproductive signals such as 14-day quarantine orders, even for those who have been fully vaccinated, must be avoided at all costs. Instead, we expect the federal and state governments to immediately launch a joint campaign for vaccination. A further lockdown in the fall must be prevented at all costs. The consequences would otherwise be catastrophic for the tourism industry.”