Hotel association for the reception of tourists over Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Berlin should private overnight stays in hotels from the point of view of the industry over Christmas release completely. So far, the Senate plans to open hotels only to private people visiting relatives on the holidays. “We cannot control that, we are not a police and not a regulatory agency, ”said Thomas Lengfelder, the General Manager of the Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) Berlin. “One should say: Tourist overnight stays are allowed from December 23rd to 27th.” Many guests are not to be expected anyway.
On Wednesday evening, the heads of government of the federal states decided with the Chancellor to close restaurants, museums, theaters and leisure facilities, which has been in effect since November to be extended until January 10th. “Anything that helps to stop the pandemic now is good,” said Burkhard Kieker, head of the Berlin tourism marketing company, on Thursday. “Because after that we can start again.”
After the slump in March and April, Berlin tourism had hardly recovered in the summer. That the most important travel occasions in December no longer apply – Christmas markets and New Year’s Eve parties – has been certain for some time. January and February are traditionally the weakest months for the industry.
The Dehoga criticized the Senate’s considerations to open hotels to people who are due to corona disease or who are in close contact have to be temporarily quarantined. Many open questions would have been better clarified in advance, said Lengfelder of the German press agency.
„Who should check in the quarantine guests?? How is the supply going? Are there medical staff on site? Is there a security service on site? How are the rooms cleaned? “It is also unclear how the quarantine guests are separated from the other guests.
Hotels and pensions have been allowed since the beginning of November no longer accept tourists, only business travelers are allowed. This is intended to slow down the spread of the corona virus.
„Well under ten percent of the rooms are occupied, it’s a disaster“, Said Lengfelder. Some hotels would have closed completely. In a non-representative lightning survey conducted by the association among 100 companies, there were 30.
Vacation rentals are also taboo for tourists. According to research by the RBB, take that not all landlords are particularly careful. And it’s difficult to control. So go the general security service (AOD) within the scope of its possibilities in hotels, hostels and pensions and check them Attendance lists, said the responsible city councilor in Mitte, Ramona Reiser.
However, the employees can only control the publicly accessible space. “The AOD has no right of entry for private apartments.” Senate and districts are still fighting over the release of data by Airbnb.
The Vacation rental broker informs users about travel restrictions and questions in Customer service to answer. Safety has “top priority”. At the same time, Airbnb declared that it was not an accommodation provider or travel agent.
The Dehoga assumes that in vacation homes if at all only a few vacationers hide. After all, bars, restaurants and cultural institutions are closed. (dpa)