The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Würzburg-Schweinfurt rates the opening of accommodation establishments at the beginning of the Whitsun holidays decided by the state government as the “first ray of hope for the Main Franconian holiday region”. “The long-awaited opening perspectives for gastronomy, tourism and parts of the event, culture and leisure industries are finally here,” said IHK Managing Director Ralf Jahn in a press release on the cabinet decisions on Tuesday.
However, many questions are still open for the hotel and tourism industry, complains Jahn. If the state government does not set the specific regulations until May 10, the companies will not have much time to prepare after more than half a year of compulsory pause. In general, the “continued fixation on incidence values” lacks planning security for businesses and customers.
Lack of planning security
Hotels and holiday apartments are only allowed to open in the districts in which the seven-day incidence is “stable below 100”. After an opening, there may be a risk of closings again. Such a “stop-and-go” is the “last thing tourism needs at the moment,” says the IHK chief executive. He refers to Austria and Switzerland, where the tourism industry is allowed to open regardless of incidence values.