Tourism in crisis: trips canceled, organizers pull emergency brakes, holiday islands close

Borders are largely tight. Tourism companies are taking drastic measures, airlines are further restricting their offers. Traveling in times of the coronavirus crisis is becoming more and more difficult – also domestically. The coronavirus crisis hits travelers and the tourism industry with full force. Several tour operators, including industry leader Tui, canceled trips, some airlines are ceasing to operate for the time being, and holiday islands in Germany have been closed to tourists since Monday. The federal government assumes that several thousand Germans are stuck abroad – and is also issuing a worldwide travel warning. She wants to bring back thousands of German tourists stranded abroad because of the corona pandemic with an “airlift”. In the coming days, package travelers from particularly affected areas will initially be flown home, as Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in Berlin on Tuesday. These included “essentially initially” Morocco, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and the Maldives. Several travel providers had already taken drastic measures the day before. The world’s largest tourism group Tui canceled package tours, cruises and hotel operations until further notice. Tui Germany suspended the travel program up to and including March 27th. “At the moment we are all in an unprecedented exceptional situation. We are currently working flat out to bring all holidaymakers back home reliably,” said Marek Andryszak, CEO of Tui Germany. Many return flights would be carried out regularly. Location for travel in the summer months still unclear Customers who have already booked trips for the summer months, for example, have to be patient for the time being – free cancellation is currently not possible, said a Tui spokesman. It is assumed, however, that operations will be able to start again in a few weeks. The company from Hanover also wants to take an austerity course because of the economic damage caused by the spread of the Covid-19 pathogen and apply to the federal government for state aid to bridge the gap. On the stock exchange, the Tui share collapsed by more than a third at times at the beginning of the week. The FTI Group canceled all trips until the end of March and applied for state guarantees. Studiosus cancels all dates by the end of March. For Wikinger Reisen, the stop applies until the end of April 2020. After trips abroad, it is now also affecting popular holiday regions at home. All northern German coastal states closed their islands in the North and Baltic Seas to tourists on Monday. These include Sylt, Amrum, Föhr, Fehmarn and Nordstrand. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the measures on Rügen, Usedom, Hiddensee and Poel are to be gradually introduced due to the size of the islands and the numerous direct connections to the mainland. The state government of Baden-Württemberg wants to stop operations at all airports in the state, the German press agency learned from government circles in Stuttgart. Travelers from abroad would still be brought back. Anyone who comes from a crisis region has to be in quarantine. The decision should therefore come into force during the week. Large German airports should remain open Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to keep large German airports such as Frankfurt and Munich open. “We are working on maintaining the infrastructure, especially because of supply and logistics,” said Scheuer of the dpa. “I am in close coordination with the federal states and the airport operators on this issue.” At the largest German airport in Frankfurt, operations are significantly restricted. Around 1,000 take-offs and landings were planned for Monday, as a spokesman for the operator Fraport reported. That would only be around 400 less than in normal operation. However, the aircraft are much emptier than usual, because instead of 170,000 passengers as usual, only around 90,000 are currently expected. Reason for the economy operation are always new entry restrictions in different countries and flight cancellations by the companies due to poor occupancy. Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair is cutting its flight program by up to 80 percent. The Austrian subsidiary Lauda will cease operations from midnight to April 8th. Lufthansa, which accounts for more than two-thirds of all flight movements in Frankfurt, is also reducing its offer. Accordingly, only every tenth planned long-distance flight should take place and about every fifth short- and medium-haul connection. Originally, the company had planned around 13,000 flights a week in the summer flight schedule. The subsidiary Austrian Airlines (AUA) wants to cease its regular flight operations from this Thursday (March 19) to March 28. The vacation airline Condor is also reducing its offer to important vacation destinations such as the USA, the Caribbean and Turkey. The company is still sending planes to the target areas these days to bring vacationers back. “We’re flying empty to Turkey to bring people home,” said a Condor spokeswoman. According to the Federal Foreign Office, German citizens, especially in Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia and the Philippines, have difficulties returning to Germany. A spokeswoman said that there was intensive discussion with airlines and tour operators “in order to find the most pragmatic and quickest possible solutions” for an exit. In the past few days, more and more countries had cut flight connections and largely closed borders. That is why the Federal Foreign Office has been advising against traveling abroad since Sunday – an unprecedented process. “The risk that you will no longer be able to make your return trip due to increasing restrictions is currently high in many destinations,” wrote Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) on Twitter. Experts anticipate a wave of bankruptcies According to industry experts, the coronavirus crisis will lead to a huge wave of bankruptcies in the international aviation industry. At the end of May, most airlines in the world are likely to be insolvent, wrote the consulting company Capa. According to the analysts, the large companies that can count on support from their home countries will survive. In addition to the large providers from China and the USA, there are likely to be a few companies from Europe and the airlines from the Arabian Gulf.

Why you should book South Africa now

No more darkness and short days: Get the gray winter days a bargain and travel to where it is now midsummer. Best to South Africa: In addition to the sensational nature and first-class luxury lodges – in contrast to the “dollar targets” that have now become expensive – there is a sensational exchange rate ratio. Dream beaches, incredible nature and the exchange rate In addition to the exchange rate, the unbelievable nature, pulsating metropolises, dream beaches and the wildlife speak for booking South Africa right now. As a visitor, you will experience excellent hotels, first-class food and the good midsummer weather : No wonder that South Africa is one of the top long-distance destinations for Germans. The current sensational exchange rate between the EURO and the South African rand is also easy on the travel budget. Inexpensive luxury trip The current rate pushes the travel costs for a luxury trip to an unprecedented price level. There are also numerous attractive specials. “South Africa is currently very cheap compared to the whole” dollar targets “” says Rainer Spekowius, managing director of the luxury tour operator INTOSOL from Garbsen near Hanover. The company is one of the top providers in the upscale segment and operates its own luxury guest houses in South Africa. “ The exchange rate has an effect particularly in the upper segmentparticularly strong. With a course of 1 to just under 14, you can also incorporate one or the other top lodge into the itinerary without the travel budget exploding “, continues Spekowius. Above all, the cost of living on site has become inexpensive as a result of the course: “A three-course dinner menu with a bottle of wine in a high-class restaurant costs just 20 – 35 euros, as luxury holidays are really fun”. Luxury vacation in South Africa Of course we are still talking about a high-quality luxury trip, the manager continues. A budget of between 2700 and 7000 euros per person has to be expected, depending on the type of trip and the chosen accommodation. However, this is a good 2000 to 3000 euros cheaper than in 2013 and there is a lot of luxury and exclusivity on offer for this price, ”says travel expert Spekowius. The highlights on the dream trip For a round trip you should set two to three priorities. Cape Town is definitely a must for South Africa beginners  and the Garden Route are on the program and of course a Big Five Safari in one of the dreamy reserves in the Eastern Cape or Krueger National Park . You can live, for example, in the wonderful Santa Maria Beach House directly by the sea with a view of Table Mountain and in the exclusive Cliff House No. 5 or Edge House No. 6 on the Garden Route. Here also by attractive specials, like a safari in the malaria-free game reserves Sanbona Game Rerserve or the dreamlike Kwandwe Game Reserve .    

Travel far away,book in euros

Due to the current development of exchange rates, long-distance travel is becoming more expensive and many Germans are choosing to vacation in Europe. Traveling far away can still pay off: These three dreamy travel destinations in the Indian Ocean pay in euros. If you want to travel smart, book now. Mauritius (“Royal Palm Hotel” and “Dinaborin Golf Spa”) Maldives (“Baros Maldives”) No preference yet? We are happy to help. The Indian Ocean attracts this year not only with lonely beaches and luxurious retreats, but also with the best conditions. The three retreats selected by the luxury travel company INTOSOL impress not only with their elegant furnishings, culinary delights and great sports offers, but also with the option of paying in euros and thus saving money despite the euro crisis. Dream island Mauritius Mauritius is one of the best golf areas in the world. In addition to golf and excellent courts, wellness and the finest gourmet cuisine are of course also offered. Beaches, water sports, diving spots – Mauritius is the “place to be” for everyone who longs for sun, sport and enjoyment. The “Royal Palm” and the “Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa” are among the best addresses on the island. The exclusive resorts are hidden between sugar cane plantations, green mountains and powdered sugar white beaches , privacy and relaxation are guaranteed here. Exclusive luxury vacation in the Maldives There are always a thousand reasons to fly to the Maldives . The “Baros Maldives” is just one of them. Even if one of the most beautiful. The “Baros Maldives” is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. Only 25 minutes by speedboat from Mahé International Airport, the “Baros Maldives” in the south of the North Male Atoll offers its guests 75 stylish villas, lush vegetation, secluded sun decks with a view of the blue and romance for couples who want solitude and Seek calm.  

Vacationing with a guilty conscience: is cruising the travel industry’s SUV?

Many define themselves through their vacation in the south and their cosmopolitanism thanks to long-distance travel. But in times of “flight shame”, the well-deserved vacation comes under pressure. Is travel shame a trend? Immediately after getting up she went splashing in the sea and then had breakfast at the pool. This was recently written by Youtuber Bianca “Bibi” Claßen (“Bibis Beauty Palace”) in the Maldives, about 8,000 kilometers away from Germany. It is probably a question of type, whether one grabs comforting patronage with such an Instagram post or whether it is foreign shame, even transferred flight shame . In any case, many now look at such vacation postings differently than they did two years ago. The travel shame is going on. But has a new era actually started and is the bad conscience on the rise? Are flying, long-distance travel and cruises becoming something to justify – instead of something to brag about? Quite a few report at least conversations and situations in which CO2 is suddenly an issue where it would not have been before. “There is a change in values” The vacation researcher and consumer psychologist Martin Lohmann has not yet found any general travel shame, but rather greater flight shame. In Kiel, as head of the Institute for Tourism Research in Northern Europe (NIT), he is responsible for the annual “travel analysis” of the Association for Holidays and Travel Research (FUR). Accordingly, most recently – in November – almost three quarters (73 percent) of air travelers said they had a more or less guilty conscience because of the pollution of the climate and greenhouse gas emissions. 27 percent did not share this feeling. “Apparently there is a” change in values ​​”here,” says Lohmann. “Flight shame is the expression of an inner conflict, not its solution: on the one hand you want to travel, but on the other hand you don’t want to influence the climate”, says the psychologist, who is professor of business psychology at the Lüneburg University. FOLLOW ME Is the kerosene tax a climate saver – or pure populism? ” We are currently researching how people deal with this conflict . Not talking about it would be a temporary option, on the other hand, traveling is a great topic of conversation, so a new conflict.” According to the researcher, the travel plans for 2020 are not expected to drop significantly in the short term, in spite of the widespread flight shame. There is, however, a greater willingness to pay compensation for the associated CO2 emissions, says Lohmann. Cruise shaming trend The Hamburg Youtuber and cruise expert Matthias Morr also observed a changed culture of conversation in view of the ongoing climate discussion and the Friday demos: “A cruise is something that you could brag about in the past. I have heard from many that they now prefer not to tell when they go on cruises so as not to be denounced for it. “ TO THE SURVEY Will you change your travel behavior this year?  The cruise ship is “quasi the SUV of the travel industry “. Such a huge ship is a strong symbol for many things that the Fridays for Future movement denounces. Shipping companies are not in a favorable situation right now, says Morr. New ships have been ordered – and turning the anti-mood around is a huge challenge. “Many shipping companies have also recognized this problem – ships either run much cleaner with liquefied natural gas or the provider compensates for the CO2 emissions.” Morr also observed a kind of defiance in the population: “I also experience a” now more than ever “with many – according to the motto:” I don’t want to restrict myself personally now, while in other countries or industries everything continues as usual “. ” There are a lot of people, including many big city singles, who don’t have a car but who invest a lot of money in travel. “For many, this is an essential part of their lifestyle and I think that many will not want to do without it.” Gaining prestige through travel Post-materialism was proclaimed for a long time – the motto that it is better to invest in experiences than in things. “If traveling is frowned upon now, what can you still spend money on with a clear conscience?” Traveling sustainably – is that even possible? We have ten tips for you Travel researcher Lohmann sees all of this as less of a problem and he also sees no end to tourism. “Travel has a number of positive aspects: relaxation, experience, learning, happiness.” They bring experiences that talking about is a proven social exchange. “I do not consider it a disadvantage that you now have to justify possible climate-damaging effects of your travel to yourself and others,” says Lohmann. “A little more prudence when planning tourist activities can’t do any harm.”  From the point of view of the business psychologist, gaining prestige through travel has so far been a side effect. In fact, “experienced people” have always been valued. “But this aspect is not lost if you pay attention to the climate when traveling.”

Large quarantine planner: which countries are corona risk areas – and where it is critical

In many holiday countries, the number of infections is rising again. Some European countries that were previously considered safe could soon become risk areas. We show where the risk of infection increases and what holidaymakers can expect in this case. Since many European countries reopened their borders to tourists, the joy of regained freedom of travel is great. But it seems that it only lasts for a short time. Because exactly the case that many experts feared is now occurring: The number of infections in many popular travel destinations such as Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Austria is rising again. When do travelers have to be in quarantine For vacationers, this means not only an increased risk of infection, but also possibly a quarantine after their return if the country is classified as a risk area for a short time due to sharply increasing numbers . The quarantine period is usually 14 days and is subject to the regulations of each individual federal state. Exempt from quarantine are only those who can present a negative Sars-CoV-2 test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry. Which criteria apply for classification as a risk area The Federal Ministry of Health decides from when a country is classified as a risk area in cooperation with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs. The criteria not only include increasing numbers of infections of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days , but also an analysis of the type of outbreak – whether local or nationwide. Likewise, the test capacities as well as the measures such as hygiene and contact restrictions for containment on site are considered for the classification. According to information from the Federal Foreign Office, the classification is checked every two weeks; if action is required, this is done more frequently, so that changes can be made at short notice. Rising numbers of infections: This is how high the risk is in European holiday countries Vacationers should inform themselves about the risk status of the respective vacation country before departure. A list of all corona risk areas can be found below in the article. Here is the current overview of some travel destination Europe that are currently not fully considered as risk countries . In some countries, however, the RKI classified individual regions as corona risk areas. Spain: travel warning – except for the Canary Islands Holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen states may continue to travel to Spain without restrictions, but due to the increased corona numbers, Germany has declared the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands, a risk area and issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Mallorca . For returnees from risk areas, it has generally been the case for several weeks that they have to report to the health department. There is also an obligation to test when returning home.

When the vacation paradise turns to hell: Couple is “trapped” in the corona crisis in the Maldives

A newly wed wedding couple wants to fly home from their honeymoon in Mexico in mid-March – and ends up in the Maldives after an odyssey due to the corona pandemic. Since then it has been waiting desperately to be able to go home. A walk on the light sand on the beach, souvenir photos under palm trees, a fruit cocktail while your feet dangle in the warm water. Stranded on an island in the Indian Ocean , open-ended. What sounds like a dream is now an unbearable situation for Peri and Chalid. “It’s getting harder and harder,” says Peri. Wedding with friends and family in Egypt, honeymoon in Mexico, then back to everyday life in Dubai – that was the couple’s plan in early March. “When we left, Corona wasn’t too big a deal,” says Chalid.  From Istanbul there was only one option: the Maldives The departure from Cancun in Mexico on March 19 is still going smoothly. But on the plane, the couple received messages from friends: “How do you want to get back to Dubai?” The UAE Ministry of the Interior has announced an entry ban for foreigners with permanent residence in the Emirates.  “We only really understood the extent of the problem after our stopover in Istanbul ,” says 36-year-old Chalid, who works as a telecommunications engineer in the state on the Arabian Peninsula. He and his wife Peri (35) are on the phone with friends, UAE authorities and the Egyptian embassy. “Please be patient,” they say. If you try to take the connecting flight, you will be rejected and your boarding passes will be withdrawn.  Chalid and Peri are stuck at Istanbul Airport. One more day. No information about when to continue, no luggage. “The situation was very chaotic,” says Chalid. Without a boarding pass, the couple cannot even go shopping in the airport shops.  Nine passengers on the plane to the Maldives Because flights to Egypt are also suspended, Chalid and Peri need a replacement plan. Which destinations are still served? And which of them are possible with an Egyptian ID? The only solution after staying for days and doing research at the airport: the Maldives . “We didn’t even think about it,” says Chalid on the phone. “We just wanted to finally have a bed and our belongings again – and a shower.” Nine of them are sitting in the huge plane that she will fly to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean in mid-March. They have been stranded there for more than two months. “Nobody takes you seriously when you complain about a never-ending stay in the Maldives,” says Chalid. But what may seem like a dream to some actually has little to do with a second honeymoon: In response to the first proven corona infections in the capital Malé in mid-April, the authorities ordered a curfew for the region. Ship traffic between the islands is prohibited, hotels are not allowed to accept guests. It can be assumed that most of the resorts would be closed when the last guests left them, writes the Foreign Office. 14 rooms in six different hotels “The last guests” – this includes Peri and Chalid. One hotel after the next closes. The couple keeps a tally: since the beginning of March they have unpacked and packed their suitcases in more than 14 rooms in at least six different hotels. “We are warmly welcomed in every hotel before it closes shortly afterwards,” says Chalid. Every morning the reception calls and asks: “When are you leaving?” But leaving the Maldives is virtually impossible at the moment. Commercial flights from Malé International Airport have been temporarily suspended. “And even if there were flights … we wouldn’t come home,” interjects Peri. They are brought from island to island with small seaplanes or boats when changing hotels. Every transport has to be paid for. The credit card will also be charged with costs for exclusive rooms. The couple, who have been together for eight years, have saved money for life together. But the savings are now gone, the fear of the growing mountain of debt meanwhile “greater than all Covid worries”, as Peri says. The nightmare could be over by June 1st The two recently moved into an isolated “emergency shelter”. The holiday complex on the island of Manadhoo offers “luxurious villas in turquoise water”. The Marketing Director and her husband work here as well as possible. If necessary at the computer in the reception. Because jobs are rare in honeymoon hotels.  From June 1st, foreigners with a residence permit should be able to re-enter Dubai with a special permit. Until you have this you cannot book a ticket. “We don’t regret flying here. It was the best we could do in the situation,” says Chalid. “But we want to go home.”

A desk on the beach: Resort in the Maldives offers home office in paradise

Combining work and vacation – this is what a luxury resort in the Maldives wants to make possible. What sounds like paradise for office workers in the home office is a chance for survival for the tourism industry. Some are plunging the coronavirus pandemic into crisis, others see it as an opportunity. The Maldives are suffering from the fact that many people are foregoing long-distance travel to the Indian Ocean this year – entry for Germans has only been possible again since July 15 – but the small state is wooing people who want to do their work from there . The arguments are convincing: great weather, fantastic beaches – and now there is also a special offer from a resort. The luxury resort “The Nautilus Maldives” would like to attract all those who work in the home office during the pandemic and maybe even beyond. Work and vacation can be combined there : Anyone who can do their work digitally from anywhere in the world can do it just as well on the beach. The so-called “Workation Package” includes up to 21 days on which you can work from the Maldives. Maldives: Working in the Indian Ocean You do your job in a luxurious environment – on a private island in the middle of the picturesque Baa Atoll, with a view of the ocean . According to the provider, the offer includes daily yoga lessons, meditation sessions and fitness courses, and those who want can also look out for dolphins on a luxury yacht. All of this after work, of course. During working hours you sit at a desk on the beach in the shade – your colleagues are guaranteed to be jealous during the video call. And technically, everything a well-equipped office needs should be available, from the telephone to the printer, assure the operators of the resort. A negative Covid-19 test is required to enter the Maldives – the staff will take care of all other formalities, the offer promises. Those interested, however, must have earned good money in the Maldives before they start working. The package costs for two people $ 23,250 for seven nights, $ 27,850 for 14 nights and $ 52,000 for three weeks, reports CNN . Island states fight for tourists The resort has been open again since September 1st. In countries like the Maldives, which are economically extremely dependent on tourism, creativity is now required so that income does not collapse completely during the ongoing pandemic. However, some holiday countries have discovered mobile working as an opportunity: The government of Barbados is already offering a special one-year visa for people who want to work and live on the Caribbean island.

Italian village offers free holidays – thousands of guests want to come

Enjoy “La dolce vita” – completely free of charge. The Italian village of San Giovanni in Galdo is currently advertising this. The problem: there are already far too many applicants for the one week free vacation. The village of San Giovanni in the Molise region in southern Italy wanted to attract tourists. The small town offered a total of 40 holiday accommodations – free of charge for one week each. The only condition in the online advertisement of the local cultural association Amici del Morrutto : Provide as creative a reason as possible why you would like to go on holiday in San Giovanni. The offer (only overnight stays, meals not included) has been in effect since July 4th and runs until October 3rd. According to the organizers, three houses will be provided for this, each with two, three or four beds. No mass tourism: free holidays in San Giovanni If you long for peace and relaxation far from mass tourism, this is the right place for you. San Giovanni in Galdo has just 500 inhabitants, the next larger town is Campobasso. Naples is about two hours away by car, Rome three. Thousands of requests However , if you still want to apply now, you should hurry: According to the ” Travelbook “, a total of 8,000 inquiries have already been received (as of August 21). However, the village can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests per week. Italy is trying to get back on its feet after the Corona crisis . Another offer attracted attention in June. The village of Cinquefrondi in southern Italy had offered vacant houses for a purchase price of just one euro – on one condition .

Animal rights activists save street dogs and collect 250,000 euros in four days

A team of volunteers traveled to Greece to report on the dire situation of the street dogs living there. A German animal welfare association urgently needs support. “Just 20 minutes after I arrived at the animal shelter in Greece, I had a bleeding dog on my arm,” says Malte Zierden in an interview with the star. The man from Lower Saxony, who became an Instagram celebrity last year through what he calls his “relentless documentation of a cleft palate”, flew to Greece with four other people. The aim was to support the German association Hundegarten Serres in Central Macedonia. Zierden had given his companion the idea: Vanessa Tamkan, who went through the press as a GNTM dropout in 2019, asked him if he wanted to be there. She and her husband, as well as Jessica Schröder, who “Bachelor” fans know as a former candidate, and her husband wanted to help. In Greece, the team expected more supporters. Being a “celebrity” and already having a few fans on social media is not a bad requirement if you want to do something good. The five would like to support the Serres dog garden in building an animal shelter according to German standards on Greek soil. It helps if you have several hundred thousand followers on Instagram to whom you can report on the cruel situation on site. The team was on the road for eight days: no sooner had an animal been taken from the street than it went on to the next stray dog. Together with the others, the five looked after injured dogs until late at night and recorded their work with pictures and videos on Instagram. They not only wanted to help through their active participation, but also to be effective in the media,   “Dogs are worthless” “Street dogs have no status in Greece. We noticed that from people’s reactions,” says Zierden. The rough handling of the animals was evident in situations like this: “A man brought us a dog, held it by one hind leg in front of our nose and kept pulling it back. When we wanted to take it, he simply dropped the animal. That was pure provocation. The dog was then so traumatized that it is now difficult to approach him. Something like that makes it difficult to find an animal. ”  Because finding a home for the wild dogs is one of the main concerns of the Serres dog garden. According to Zierden, many Greeks there are convinced that the Germans want to enrich themselves with their problems: by saving the street dogs, caring them for them healthy and mediating them in German families for money. “I don’t know why you think that, but it puts a lot of obstacles in the way of the helpers,” Zierden regrets.  500 to 600 dogs in an animal shelter The number of strays in Greece fluctuates annually, but it is millions. Castrations, such as the one that the association carries out to reduce the reproduction of the dogs, are rarely carried out because they have to be paid for privately. “Unfortunately there is little support from politics. Animal shelters are being built, but 500 to 600 dogs are locked up there.” The conditions in the homes are catastrophic, there was dog excrement everywhere, everything was filthy, rats live there, “reports Zierden . Only a few fences and boundaries separate the animals from one another, so that several packs live together on one area. “Sure, the dogs are not always friendly.” Zierden reports about Teßi, a bitch he found at the beginning of his stay: dogs from another pack attacked her and inflicted a serious injury on her back. “Unfortunately this is part of everyday life for the people there. They cannot understand why we Germans react in panic to something like this.”   250,000 euros donations in four days Through their reporting on Instagram, the team was able to collect 250,000 euros in donations in four days. “I never thought that we would be able to do it so quickly!” Says Zierden, who is enthusiastic about the strong solidarity the team has developed in such a short time. “But there is still more. When the shelter is finished, there will be running costs. There is also still a lot to do on site. We want to educate people and ensure that street dogs are neutered for free. And of course we want find a new home for the stray strays. “ At the end of the trip, 13 dogs were brought to Germany. They arrived in transport boxes in the belly of the passenger plane. “To see how the rescued animals were handed over to their future families in Germany was a great experience,” enthuses Zierden. 

Vacation in Corona times – where to go during the autumn vacation?

As soon as the main travel season is over, the autumn holidays are already on in some federal states. But if you want to travel, you should inform yourself well. An overview shows what needs to be considered with increasing numbers of infections and entry regulations. Laze on the beach in the autumn sun or go hiking in the Alps: the planning for the autumn vacation has long since started. There are only four weeks left until the first federal states start their vacation on October 5, with Hamburg, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein. The rest will follow by the end of October. But what is even possible on vacation? While the corona situation in Germany is comparatively relaxed, some European holiday countries are arming themselves with new rules and requirements in view of the increasing number of infections. An overview of which travel destinations are in demand and what needs to be considered in the countries: Destinations in Germany are in demand Despite Corona, Spain is in demand as a travel destination. “There are still a lot of bookings,” says the world’s largest travel company Tui in Hanover. The Canaries should also be reopened soon. Greece is also currently popular, with a focus on Crete, Corfu and Rhodes. In addition, the tourism experts hope that many customers will also book last-minute vacations. Destinations in autumn 2020: going there or not? However, Tui recorded the greatest increase in autumn for trips within Germany . “Many people have booked hiking or sports holidays at home – or skipped summer and went straight into autumn.” Beware of risk areas If you want to go abroad, you should take a look at an online list from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) before leaving. There it is constantly updated which countries are considered risk areas for German holidaymakers – with a corresponding quarantine obligation on return. “A country is no longer classified as a risk area if there is a stable epidemiological trend below the mark of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week,” explains the Ministry of Health. In addition to the sheer number, other factors are included, which are evaluated together with the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Ministry: for example the type and extent of outbreaks and crisis measures to contain corona, such as tests.