Coronavirus in Berlin: Vaccination center in the arena in Treptow opens again – Berlin


According to the country’s tourism advertisers, Berlin will attract more visitors again by summer at the latest. “ We are based on the formula” vaccination plus six months “,” said Burkhard Kieker, the head of the Berlin Tourism and Congress Society, of the “ Berliner Morgenpost”. “There is a pent-up need to travel.”
The -corona crisis dealt a heavy blow to tourism in the capital after long years of growth. Kieker expects eleven to twelve million hotel overnight stays in 2020, which would correspond to a decrease of 70 percent.

The -tourism and culture industry has probably lost eight billion euros in sales.

This year and a half of Corona will hopefully be a dropout,” said Kieker. He expects a recovery, even if the effects of the crisis on the purchasing power of visitors are unclear. City trips are second or third trips,” explained Kieker. But he emphasized: “ We will have overcome the consequences of the crisis by 2024 at the latest.”

According to the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, 4.4 million guests came to Berlin from January to September, 58 percent less than last year.

The -number of overnight stays fell about as strongly, at 10.7 million.

The -numbers for foreign visitors decreased particularly significantly. Hamburg and Munich recorded similar declines.

According to Kieker, the congress business will change. “Congresses will no longer run in such a way that one person gives a lecture and 1000 listens. You can also do that on the Internet. “

The -trend will be towards “festivalization” with more personal encounters. “

The -breaks will be more important than the lecture series.”

Kieker expects that certain events will be carried out after corona rapid tests in the next few months. “ It could be logistically managed to meet with 800 to 1000 people.” They talk about this with the Senate. “ We will make the possible possible until, perhaps in late summer, herd immunity will be achieved through the vaccine.” ( Dpa)

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