However, “only around 80 percent as many flights will be offered as in the years before the corona crisis in order to achieve optimal capacity utilization.” The company wanted to prevent oversupply. “ During the holidays in July and August, it is likely that the jets on some routes in the Mediterranean will be booked up quickly,” said Joussen. The offer for May is 50 percent fully booked, the Tui boss continued. The company offered most trips at the same prices as in 2020 and 2019, but vacationers would spend more on travel. “Customers book higher quality. Many have additional leeway in their budget, then choose a 5-star hotel instead of a 4-star hotel. ”#One reason is that vouchers for trips canceled in 2020 are redeemed. In addition, there is “a lot of catching up to do.” Joussen: “All of our market research shows that there is an enormous desire on the part of people to be able to make nice trips again after this difficult Corona period.” Joussen expects that the current vaccinations will meet all travel restrictions Make unnecessary: ” If we have protected the particularly endangered groups from infection, the restrictions can fall sharply overall.” He adds: “ Travel restrictions would then no longer be proportionate.”
The Tui boss announced that all 16 of the Group’s cruise ships would be back in service in 2021. The most important destinations in summer would be Spain, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Portugal. He also expects high demand for domestic destinations with a car. Not until 2022 is it expected that the tourism industry will recover to the level of the previous record year 2019, and 2021 will be “a year of transition” just because of an expected weak first half of the year.
But he is sure that the vacation business will recover much faster than the general travel business including business appointments: “ Video conferences continue to replace many a conversation, but a vacation experience cannot be replaced digitally.”