What will be the impact of the crisis of the Covid-19 on the failures of French companies ? Of the OECD, the credit insurer Coface, many economists to be considered in these time on this critical issue, announcing sometimes figures as of the end of the world in which it is difficult to assess the relevance.
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At the risk of adding to the confusion and pessimism, the OFCE was delivered to his tower in the year in publishing, Friday, June 19, a study that provides a new estimate of the magnitude of the shock is predictable.
A level of failure is unprecedented
Based on the assumption of a gradual recovery, the experts of the research center in economics of Sciences-Po have simulated the effect of the crisis on the accounts of a significant sample of a million companies.
Result : “The productive fabric is going to be heavily affected by this pandemic, with levels of failures is unprecedented, in other words, companies unable to cope with the payment of wages or suppliers,”, says Lionel Nesta, one of the four co-authors of the study (1).
In ” normal times “, the Bank of France accounts for, on average, 60 000 enterprises with payment difficulties each year. According to the forecasts of the OFCE, this number could increase to 40 000 failures by the end of the year. If “all the situations will not necessarily result in a final judgment of the company “ – some of which may be placed in a single receivership -, “the bankruptcy potential could cause the destruction of approximately 250 000 jobs “, say the authors.
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These figures are to be taken with extreme caution. First of all, because the simulation is built on the latest balance sheet data known to companies that date back to December 2017, which is a bit dated. Then because, by construction, it does not take into account public policy that can still be put in place to counter the effects of the crisis.
A selection mechanism of the market
This is also the main interest of this study to make recommendations based on a detailed analysis of the results. These show that “the exposure to the risk of bankruptcy is not only determined by the magnitude of the shock, but by the interaction between this and other factors “in particular, the financial strength of more or less large companies.
“In a period of growth, companies that are sanctioned by the market are, in general, those who have problems with productivity. The crisis of the Covid-19 comes seize this selection mechanism since we observe a systematic increase of the share of economically viable enterprises in the population of insolvent companies “, says Lionel Nesta.
This increase is particularly notable in the sectors of hospitality and construction, where many small businesses are exposed to the risk of bankruptcy as much, if not more, because cash is too low and a lack of own funds as to the effects of a shutdown forced.
The price of the ” zero-fail “
However, unlike some large companies, they are also fragile due to their over-indebtedness, these small businesses still spend too often under the radar of public authorities.
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The establishment by the government, in the emergency, part-time unemployment and of the device loan is guaranteed by the State has certainly allowed many of them to absorb some of the shock. “With the recovery that is beginning, it is necessary to find a new device that takes the relay. For example, by helping companies to refinance their own funds “advocates Lionel Nesta.
According to the OFCE, such a device, focused on companies whose difficulties are actually attributable to the containment, would cost about 3 billion euros to public finances, excluding sector-specific aid already envisaged, which amounted to ten billion. The price of the “zero-fail” promised by the president Macron.
Obliged to leave near you? Here is a selection of 52 escapades within 100 km of the capitals of the 13 regions of France, to do for a weekend or a day. Biking through the vineyards, (re) discovering the treasures of our heritage, staying at the beach or hiking in the countryside… we are lucky not to have to go far, in the end!
Where to go within 100 km of Paris?
Auvers-sur-Oise (34 km)
Located 30 minutes from Paris, Auvers sur Oise was a source of inspiration for the great masters of impressionism, in particular Van Gogh (Please note, Auberge Ravoux is closed until 2021!). It is also a picturesque little town, which can be easily explored on foot. Museums, castle and 17th century garden are on the program, as well as walks in the Val-d’Oise… Read Auvers-sur-Oise, in the footsteps of the Impressionists
Compiègne and its forest (77 km)
A weekend where nature blends with culture. Between the Palais de Compiègne, the Château de Pierrefonds and superb nature walks, the Compiègne forest and its surroundings are a destination of choice for savoring spring in the Oise, north of Paris. Read Compiègne and its forest, a royal weekend.
Provins (88 km)
Ready for a trip back in time? Direction Seine-et-Marne at Provins, whose medieval city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The Porte de Jouy, the César tower, the Saint-Quiriace collegiate church, the tithe barn or the underground passages are a must to visit, without forgetting the rose garden!
Chartres (89 km)
The prefecture of Eure-et-Loir is famous for its cathedral and its medieval alleys. Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1979, Notre-Dame is one of the largest Gothic buildings in France. But this city with crazy charm also harbors some unexpected nuggets, to be discovered in unusual Chartres.
Where to go within 100 km of Rouen?
Around Rouen: the loops of the Seine (40 km)
Of Andelys (Eure) at Villequier(Seine-Maritime), along the Seine … Getaways in the shade of apple trees, in the footsteps of the Impressionists, the monks of Jumièges and Victor Hugo, along the river. Read Normandy, over the loops of the Seine.
Gerberoy and the country of Bray (62 km)
Gerberoy, little gem of the Oise, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. All around, the Pays de Bray invites you to a delicious bucolic and gourmet break in unspoiled landscapes. Small charming towns, groves, abbeys, cycle paths and beautiful hikes… A pretty corner of France, for sure! Read Le pays de Bray with the Routard.
Étretatand the Alabaster coast (71 to 89 km)
Happy Normans who live near one of the iconic sites of France! Étretat, its cliffs, its beach, its village, its walks facing the sea and, on the Alabaster coast, the welcoming fishing port of Fecamp. Read Étretat and Fécamp, Normandy, cliff side
Honfleur and the Fleurie coast (78 to 94 km)
The Côte fleurie is not stingy with beautiful beaches, starting with that of Deauville, immortalized by A man and a woman by Claude Lelouch. And then, on the way, there is the lovely fishing port of Honfleur, which we never tire of, and the surrounding countryside. Cabourg la Proustienne must be left aside, it is too far (111 km).
Where to go within 100 km of Lille?
Walk in the mining basin, around Lens (37 km)
The Louvre remains closed? Take comfort, it’s not just the Louvre in Lens. The region of the major sites of the Mining Basin, listed as World Heritage by Unesco, has great surprises in store such as the Lewarde Historic Mining Center, which pays tribute to miners, or, in another genre, the impressive Chartreuse Museum in Douai. Read Around the Louvre-Lens.
Arras (52 km)
The Pas-de-Calais prefecture has more than one asset! The Flemish Baroque style of the Place des Héros and the Grand-Place, the town hall and its belfry or the Saint-Vaast abbey will delight lovers of architecture. Also worth visiting: the underground passages, called Boves, old cellars and quarries then laid out by the British. Arraswill seduce you for sure!
Dunkirk and the dunes of Flanders (75 km)
Over fifteen km along the North Sea, from the gates of Dunkirk to the Belgian border, an exceptional set of dunes that can be discovered via marked trails during the most invigorating walks!
Le Cateau-Cambrésis, in the footsteps of Matisse (81 km)
This is where the third Matisse museum in France is located. In the region, walks allow you to discover the young years of the painter. The opportunity to revisit the North through the entry of artists, between Cambrai and Valenciennes, via Douai. Read In the North, in the footsteps of Matisse
Where to go within 100 km of Orleans?
Blois and Chambord (58 km)
These castles, which are no longer presented, are among the treasures of the Loire Valley. Unmissable! But the city of Blois also has its nuggets to savor during a stroll through its alleys. As for Chambord, surrounded by an exceptional forest estate, it is also a superb destination for nature walks.
Sologne around Romorantin-Lanthenay (68 km)
Between forests, ponds, rivers and small villages, a fascinating region for lovers of nature and wildlife. Also stop at the Deer House in Villeny or in Lamotte-Beuvron, birthplace of the famous Tatin tart!
Vendôme and the Loir Valley (75 km)
Former capital of the county of Vendôme, the city is home to the Vendôme trinity, a Benedictine abbey classified as a Historic Monument. From there, you can go up the Loir valley by visiting the castle of Châteaudun or by following in the footsteps of Proust at Illiers-Combray. Read The Loir Valley with the Routard.
The Loire à Vélo, to Briare (78 km)
The famous Loire à Vélo cycle route passes through Orléans. Upstream, from the canal bridge of Briare, Passing by Sully-sur-Loire and its castle, you can enjoy a beautiful bike ride through the Loiret. Read the Loire by bike, all in the saddle!
Where to go within 100 km of Rennes?
Paimpont and the Brocéliande forest (42 km)
Just ¾ h from Rennes, enter the myth by hiking! This Breton forest may be called Paimponton the cards, everyone designates it by its mythical name: Brocéliande, forever linked to King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the enchanting Merlin. Read Brocéliande, forest of legends
Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay (68 km)
What better way to celebrate your newfound freedom than to greet this icon of France? After visiting this sublime site, the region of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michelis available to you: walks by the sea, hikes in the hinterland, gourmet stops in the villages are waiting for you. Read the Pays de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel with the Routard.
The interior of Morbihan, around Redon (58 to 81 km)
The hinterland of Morbihan is full of treasures: picturesque villages like Rochefort-en-Terre, medieval fortresses, beautiful gardens like that of La Gacilly, bucolic landscapes along the Nantes-Brest canal. All to discover on foot, by bike or by boat in “slow” mode. Read Le Morbihan, land side.
The Emerald Coast from Cancale to Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (71 to 91 km)
Taste oysters at Cancale, walk the ramparts of Saint Malo, succumb to the medieval charm of Dinan and the good life of Dinard, tread the sand of the beaches of Saint-Cast-le-Guildo… The Emerald Coast, a concentrate of intense pleasures. Read Saint-Malo and Dinard, elegant Bretonnes
Where to go within 100 km of Nantes?
The Pays de Retz, from the lake of Grand-Lieu to Pornic (31 to 51 km)
South of the Loire estuary, the Pays de Retz is best known for its Côte de Jade and its jewels Pornic and Saint-Brévin. But this ocean region can also be visited from the inside, on the Breton swamp and lake of Grand-Lieu. On foot, by bike, on horseback, by canoe, you will be delighted… Read Le Pays de Retz.
Guérande and the Brière regional natural park (60 to 78 km)
Loire-Atlantique can also be visited on the marsh side. There are of course Guérande and its famous salt, but also the Briere Park neighbour. The second largest swamp in France after the Camargue, it is home to abundant flora and fauna that will delight nature lovers. Read the Loire-Atlantique marsh side
Angers (87 km)
The capital of Anjou is a digest of sweet France. In the center, the cobbled streets conceal remarkable monuments, starting with the medieval castle. But Angers is not only based on its historical heritage: renowned vineyards, festivals and art galleries also make it a city to live in. Read Angers, very gently
Noirmoutier Island (89 km)
Off the Vendée, Noirmoutier is appreciated for its beaches, its vast salt marshes, natural reserves, wood – including the Bois de la Chaise, painted by Renoir -, the astonishing Passage du Gois, the castle-museum (12th century) and the old streets of Noirmoutier- en-l’Île… Without forgetting its salt and potato!
Where to go within 100 km of Bordeaux?
Saint-Emilion (40 km)
The quintessence of French medieval villages: steep and cobbled alleys, ramparts, Gothic church … But also a surprising underground heritage: galleries, catacombs … And, of course, the vineyard of Saint Emilion that makes epicureans around the world dream!
Arcachon bay and Pilat dune (65 km)
The seaside charm ofArcachon, oysters and boat trips in the basin, the cap ferretand the rise of dune du Pilat… So many great classics that we never get tired of! Read The Arcachon basin, of the four seasons
Biscarrosse (83 km)
Sea side or lake side, the Landes resort of Biscarrosse is a seaside paradise. Walks on foot and by bike in the forest and on the beach, discovery of the large lagoon-colored lakes and tasting of good local products, enough to make a successful weekend… Read Biscarrosse and Mimizan, the Landes seaside
The Deux-Mers Canal by bike, estuary side or around Marmande (95 km)
Two different faces of this superb cycle route. From Mortagne-sur-Gironde, maritime landscapes precede the wine lands around Blaye. On the side of Marmande, the greenway that runs along the lateral canal to the Garonne crosses the bucolic garden of Aquitaine, paradise of strawberries, asparagus and tomatoes. Read The 2 Seas Canal by bike with the Routard
Where to go within 100 km of Toulouse?
Montauban and Moissac (from 53 to 71 km)
Listed as a “City of Art and History”, the superb city of pink bricks Montauban saw the birth of the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle to whom a must-see museum is dedicated. After direction Moissac, to admire its superb cloister.
Les Portes de Gascogne (from 51 to 99 km)
In the east of the Gers, the Portes de Gascogne open with generosity to the curious, travelers and lovers of good food. Of Lectoure at Simorre, Passing by Gimont or Fleurance, in Lomagne or in Savès, beautiful country houses, hikes, gourmet markets, churches await you … Read Les Portes de Gascogne with the Routard
Albi (76 km)
One of the most beautiful cities in France, with its cathedral, its Toulouse-Lautrec museum, its bridges over the Tarn, Albi, the red, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Episcopal City, is also a delight for the senses with the gourmet delights of its market and the mildness of its climate. Read Albi, in majesty red and Albi and the Tarn, in the footsteps of Toulouse-Lautrec
The country of Mirepoix (80 km)
Northeast of Ariège, Mirepoixis one of the most beautiful country houses in the Southwest with its colorful half-timbered houses (some from the 15the century), its market and the old Saint-Maurice cathedral. On the way, stop at the astonishing semi-cave church of Vals, and a hook by Castelnaudaryto taste a busty cassoulet! Read Ariège, mountains and wonders
Where to go within 100 km of Marseille?
Hyères and the Giens peninsula (82 to 92 km)
Hyeres, one of the oldest seaside resorts in France, has retained its beautiful villas and languid beaches. A tombolo leads to the Giens peninsula and its magnificent coves with a view of the coast and the Hyères islands. Read Hyères and the Giens peninsula
The land of Baux-de-Provence (84 km)
Superb Provençal village perched, The Baux de Provence is at the heart of a territory with multiple attractions: shows of Careers of Lights, landscapes of Val d’Enfer, ancient site of Glanum, sweetness of Saint-Rémy without forgetting the vineyards and olive groves of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park. Read Around Les Baux-de-Provence.
Arles and the Camargue (86 km)
Arenas incloister of Saint-Trophime, a Mecca for Romanesque art Arlesforms an open-air history book. It is also a cultural city of its time with the Actes Sud editions and the photography festival. And, at its doors, the great spaces of the Camargue, between rice fields, bulls and flamingos: an invitation to travel to the heart of the Bouches-du-Rhône!
The Luberon, around Gordes (94 km)
Gordes, hilltop village and Provençal postcard, Lacoste and its castle which housed the Marquis de Sade, Bonnieux with timeless charm, Lourmarin the last home of Albert Camus, and the enchanting landscapes of the Luberon to discover during a hike. Magnificent ! Read The Luberon, Provence in color
Where to go within 100 km of Ajaccio?
Cargèse et Piana (50 to 68 km)
Nestled in an enchanting setting, Cargo is undoubtedly the most Greek of the Corsican villages, with a Byzantine church harboring beautiful icons. Just north, towards the sublime coves of Piana, these jagged red granite cliffs which overhang the sea, even more beautiful in the setting sun.
Sartene (71 km)
Austere and superb, Sarteneis “the most Corsican of Corsican cities” in the words of Mérimée. The houses with gray and brown facades, the ramparts of granite dominating the valley give a lot of character to the places. Not far, Campomoro and Roccapina are among the most beautiful beaches in Corsica
Corte (78 km)
An incredible citadel perched on top of a rocky outcrop, it is one of the most beautiful towns in Corsica, offering superb panoramas of the heart of the Isle of Beauty. Corte is also an ideal starting point for hiking in the surroundings, in the Tavignano gorges, then on the side of the Restonica Valley.
Aiguilles de Bavella (95 km)
A great site for hikers. The atneedles Bavella seem to pierce the sky. Around, a vast forest, where pines, firs, chestnuts and cedars coexist, completes the mystery of the place. Wild and splendid!
Where to go within 100 km of Lyon?
The Beaujolais road, from Villefranche to Saint-Amour Bellevue (34 to 64 km)
A route through 10 vineyards (Chiroubles, Morgon, Juliénas, Saint-Amour…) with, on the menu, visits to wineries, beautiful villages, good restaurants. Make a detour by Nice game, the capital of Beaujolais.Notice to epicureans!
Saint-Etienne (63 km)
The famous Cité du Design, an architectural heritage dating back to 14e s, the Pilat Regional Natural Park, the Le Corbusier architectural complex in Firminy … Enough to complete your weekend on the side of Saint Etienne !
Hauterives and the Postman Cheval’s Palace (73 km)
One of those curiosities of which France has the secret, the Postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace will surprise you for sure! A masterpiece of naive architecture to discover absolutely. Nearby, the ancient theater of Vienna, the vineyard of Condrieu and the City of chocolate Valrhona in Tain-l’Hermitage is worth a detour.
Cluny and the Clunisois (88 km)
Between Mâconnais and Charolais, the Clunisois will delight lovers of greenery, authenticity and history. Rolling landscapes covered with vineyards and forests, charming villages that have not moved for centuries, pleasant cycle paths, very appreciable gastronomy … And, of course, the abbey of Cluny which alone is worth the trip. Read Cluny and Clunisois, Burgundy on the South side
Where to go within 100 km of Dijon?
Beaune (44 km)
Capital of Burgundy wine, Beaune invites you to dive into a certain art of living between visits tocellars and museums, churches and tea rooms. The Hospices, founded at the end of the Middle Ages, are one of the jewels of French heritage. From there, the Burgundy Grands Crus route crosses the vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Pommard…
Alésia and Auxois (58 to 79 km)
The MuséoParc d ‘Alesia in Alise-Sainte-Reine (Côte d’Or) reveals the context and the background of the famous battle on the very place where it took place. To visit with family, before exploring the region of Flavigny at Semur-en-Auxois, passing by the superb Fontenay Abbey. A beautiful corner of Burgundy, for sure. Read In Burgundy, around Alésia.
National Forest Park (72 to 92 km)
Inaugurated in fall 2019, the latest addition to France’s national parks spans the Côte d’Or and Haute-Marne. Beautiful hikes to observe the flora and fauna are waiting for you, as well as the discovery of the regional heritage, around Langres, Châtillon-sur-Seine and Vix.
Besançon (95 km)
The neighbors of the Besançon are not far away, so why not go and visit them? The opportunity to (re) discover this flirtatious city nestled in a loop of the Doubs under the gaze of the Citadel of Vauban … A student and lively city where we stroll with pleasure! Read Besançon, 5 reasons to go
Where to go within 100 km of Strasbourg?
Haguenau and Northern Alsace (34 to 65 km)
Pretty villages, castles, museums, forests and hikes in the Vosges du Nord Regional Nature Park : Northern Alsace has a lot to offer for a weekend. Around Haguenau, Wissembourg and Niederbronn-les-Bains, an authentically Alsatian region where it is good to relax. Read Northern Alsace with the Backpacker.
Bruche Valley (48 km)
Between Vosges and the plain of Alsace, a bucolic haven of peace with woods, ponds, meadows and villages where you can rest with pleasure between two hikes. Some 450km of marked trails crisscross the territory, including the GR5, GR 532 and GR 53 …
Colmar and the villages of the Wine Route (74 km)
The historic center of Colmar is a jewel, with its districts made up of half-timbered houses, in particular along the Lauch (Little Venice). And, to complete your stay, it is impossible to miss the nearby villages and vineyards of the Alsace Wine Route (Eguisheim, Kayzersberg…)! Read Colmar, the beauty of Alsace
Baccarat and the Pierre-Percée lake (78 to 95 km) :
Baccarat, cradle of the famous manufacture, has an interesting Crystal museum to visit before admiring the multicolored stained glass windows of the Saint-Rémy church. In the vicinity, the lake of Pierre-Percée, surrounded by the forests of the Vosges foothills, provides such a change of scenery that we call the region “Lorraine Canada”. A paradise for water sports. Read Nancy and South Lorraine with the Routard.
” It’s simple, it’s like January when it’s closed, summarizes Laurence Vignon from the Neptune hotel in Berck. And again in January, the phone rings!
The establishment on the esplanade, facing the beach, had planned to reopen on May 12. ” We postpone this to Ascension weekend.
Only the apartment hotel residence part is open. ” There, three studios are occupied. Now, at this time of year, we should …
In the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Turkish hotels will open with certain restrictions, the Association of Russian Tour Operators (ATOR) said, citing a statement by the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Turkey Mehmet Ersoy. So in hotels it will be mandatory social distance on the beach, a daily physical examination for staff, as well as the refusal of a self-service system.
According to the minister, the first hotels to open are those that have received a “certificate of health.” Their opening is expected by the end of May. The number of rooms provided for tourists in them will be reduced. There will be no buffet or any other open buffet: instead, guests will be served according to a comprehensive menu and standards more similar to a la carte service, ”the message says.
According to authorities, the new rules will increase the cost of living in large hotels and make holidays in apartments and small hotels more popular.
Turkish authorities expect the start of foreign tourism not earlier than the end of August. Then, subject to a favorable epidemiological situation, Turkey will allow air traffic with those countries where the pandemic will decline and new cases of infection will not be recorded.
According to the latest data, Turkey ranks seventh among the remaining countries in terms of the number of infected. The country confirmed 110 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus, 2.8 thousand people died.
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Dusseldorf Just how devastating the corona virus affects the German hotel industry can be seen from a look at Fairmas’ performance graphics these days. In Berlin, where the market research company determines daily occupancy rates for 260 hostels, the values fluctuated between 70 and almost 100 percent in April last year. This year, however, the graphic curve can hardly be found. With values of five and ten percent, it sticks almost to the X axis.
The statistics hide dramatic conditions. The Black Forest luxury and golf hotel Öschberghof, which is subordinate to the heirs of Aldi founder Karl Albrecht, almost turned into a ghost hotel on March 18, like many others. Since April 1, all 400 employees have been on short-time work with a zero percent share of work.
“The economic consequences are considerable,” complains even Motel One founder Dieter Müller, whose hotel chain is one of the champions in the German market. His company is expecting “a massive disruption in business development and a sharp drop in sales in the coming months”. Guido Zöllick from the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) even assumes that every third business is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Like Germany’s largest budget chain Motel One, almost all hostels sent their employees on a short-time basis. It makes the order of most of the federal states that overnight offers in Germany can only be used for “necessary” and expressly not for tourist purposes.
The federal and state governments do not want to review this regulation until April 30th. Very few in the hotel industry believe that there will be a fundamental change. In addition, major events are prohibited in the houses at least until August 31.
Even the multi-billion dollar online broker Booking.com, whose headquarters are located on Amsterdam’s canals, says the Dutch government is asking for support. The world’s most expensive tour operator is said to be hit so hard by the pandemic that it would have to resort to layoffs without help.
The infirmity of the hotel industry in Germany began before the epidemic broke out across Europe. Already in January and February, when the corona virus kept almost exclusively Asian guests away from the German hotel market, hoteliers complained about an average occupancy rate of only 51.6 percent – a decrease of 20.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.
In March things went downhill again. According to Fairmas, the occupancy rate dropped to only 29.3 percent last month, initially due to the numerous trade fair cancellations, and from mid-March then additionally due to the massive restrictions in numerous federal states.
Since then, visits to islands such as Sylt, Rügen or Usedom are no longer permitted, and hotels in these holiday regions had to close completely. In cities such as Cologne and Bonn, too, the administrations imposed an opening ban, which they later eased again later on under judicial instructions.
In most federal states, however, the following still applies today: Tourists must stay outside, only business travelers are allowed access. Of the 1,742 houses observed by the market researcher Fairmas, 40 percent have now temporarily shut down.
2.4 million employees
It’s about a lot. In Germany alone, the hotel and restaurant association has 223,000 “catering establishments” that together employ 2.4 million people. According to the German Tourism Association, tourist demand ensures direct gross value added of EUR 105.3 billion annually, which is almost four percent of the total German value added. 35.8 billion euros of this came from the overnight accommodation industry alone.
Extrapolated, the German vacation areas in March and April missed sales of 15 billion euros for gastronomy, day trips, sports, entertainment, leisure and culture – in addition to nine billion euros due to the lack of overnight trips.
As an urgent aid measure, the Dehoga is now demanding a seven percent lower VAT rate in the catering industry. “With seven instead of 19 percent VAT, the not inconsiderable loss of sales could be compensated a little because of the distance regulations that would then have to be observed,” said Association President Zöllick. The reduced rate would also help to be able to repay borrowings. A rescue and compensation fund for the hospitality industry is also on his list of claims.
He is apparently heard by the Federal Minister of Finance. In an interview with “Welt am Sonntag”, Olaf Scholz now promised hoteliers and restaurant operators financial support. “Of course, we look closely to see if and where we need additional help,” he said. “Above all, we have an eye on those sectors for which things are not getting off to a quick start.” The hotel and restaurant industry is certainly one of them.
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Allianz also intends to pay for the hotels and restaurants affected by closings through the corona pandemic in the case of existing business closure insurance.
Munich Hotels and restaurants closed due to the corona pandemic are now getting money from the insurance, at least in Bavaria. The Association of Bavarian Business (vbw) announced on Friday that several insurers were willing to pay ten to 15 percent of the agreed daily rates to the restaurateurs concerned, following an agreement with the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger.
Among them are the alliance, the Insurance Chamber of Bavaria (VKB) and the liability insurance company that specializes in gastronomy. Other insurers have signaled their support. The prerequisite is the existence of business closure insurance.
Allianz announced that it would apply the regulation to its customers across Germany. Half of the damage remaining after state aid is covered. This cost the insurers a triple-digit million amount.
The insurance industry had taken the position that the company closure insurance did not cover the consequences of the corona pandemic – partly because the virus was new and therefore not covered by the police, and partly because the reason for the closings was not a health risk that emanate from the restaurant itself.
In addition, the restaurants would not have to close completely, but could offer delivery or pick-up services. That had caused much displeasure among the financially insured.
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In an online press conference to present the results of the study “covid-19 – Impact on tourist activity”, AHRESP’s secretary general, Ana Jacinto, said that, of the 75% of companies closed, almost 70% concern the area of tourist accommodation and 33% to catering.
The same survey, carried out between the 1st and the 3rd of April, and which counted around two thousand responses, also indicates that 50% of the surveyed companies intend to move towards the simplified lay-off, one of the government measures to support companies .
Of that 50%, about 70% admitted not being able to pay wages this April, if, however, the Social Security does not make the timely delivery of the planned support, which must be paid on the 28th. Of the group of companies that said they intend to proceed to lay-off, 75% said that it is a measure to apply to all employees. their workers.
Almost 80% of AHRESP’s member companies said they did not use financial support and, of the 23% who did, two-thirds used the Turismo de Portugal support line, which is aimed at micro-companies.
Of the companies that responded to the survey, 60% said “clearly that the helplines are not suitable to their needs and indicated as a priority the support to non-refundable funds ”, added Ana Jacinto.
As for redundancies, 94% of the companies have not yet dismissed any workers, however 30% say that they were no longer able to pay wages in March and 80% estimated a total lack of invoicing in April and May.
“The impact on employment is tremendous, the impact on billing is tremendous and the scenario only confirms what AHRESP has been saying,” said the association’s general secretary. “There is an urgent need for serious measures to directly support the treasury of companies so that they can survive and maintain their jobs ”, warned the official.
For AHRESP, companies must be supported with non-refundable money, to avoid over-indebtedness. “There is no other alternative, because companies will not bear” the “huge costs” that they will have to pay when the crisis is over, he stressed.
You don’t have to be claustrophobic here: the sleeping cabins in the Karlsruhe capsule hotel are small, but inexpensive. That seems to be going down well: Such sleeping quarters with locker charm will also be available elsewhere in the future.
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By Martin Oversohl, Theresa Rauffmann
MThe future of the hotel industry for Taimuraz Chanansvi lies in Karlsruhe, between Turkish snack bars and a remaining stock dealer: the capsule hotel “Area24 / 7”. The tired guest does not find long corridors with hotel rooms in it, but rather two-story rows of white sleeping cabins that remind of a mixture of laundromat and science fiction film. The sleeping cabins clad with plastic are arranged like bunk beds.
The Karlsruhe offering is small, inexpensive and, above all, unique in Germany, says Chanansvi. He is the man who wants to establish capsule hotels in Germany. They should be his answer to a lack of space and expensive living space in big cities.
The offer is based on the originally Japanese idea of small bedrooms with locker charm and is aimed at travelers on a budget – and without claustrophobia. When it is time for a good night’s sleep, the sliding door closes in one of the 56 cabins in Karlsruhe, which are spread over two neighboring unobtrusive buildings.
Shower noises and scraps of conversation from the common rooms that can be shared with other visitors remain outside.
Capsule hotel gets offshoots from Dresden to Munich
“Small, but mine,” the hotel guest might think, at least for the night in the roughly one meter high room the size of a double bed mattress. A fire extinguisher is part of the equipment as well as an emergency button and a ventilation shaft, a temperature controller and a flat screen, free internet, headphones and two USB connections.
Equipment that is aimed primarily at the target group “young, flexible and wired”. “We very often have students with us. This was particularly popular during the Learntec trade fair, ”says Elena Rozhkovavon from “Area24 / 7”. Most visitors would come for short stays. And from time to time there are also Japanese.
According to the operator Space Development Group, the offer has become so well established since May last year that it was not only expanded in the fan city of Karlsruhe. Soon there will also be branches in other cities, including Heidenheim, but also in Munich, Dresden and Frankfurt.
“In Baden-Württemberg the next capsule hotel will come to Stuttgart, but probably only in a year or two,” says Chanansvi.
More and more new hotels are competing
The Israeli from Heidenheim, managing director of the company, wants to do more than just expand the room statistics. “We want to breathe new life into old buildings,” he says. Where the Karlsruhe cabins are today as soundproof mattress boxes used to be a cinema.
The industry is less optimistic: “There will certainly be a chance in the niche,” says Daniel Ohl from the Dehoga Association of Baden-Württemberg. “But we don’t see the big trend.” A lot of hotel rooms are currently being built.
While capacities grew and capacity utilization remained stable, prices fell, said Dehoga state chairman Fritz Engelhardt. Because according to the figures of his association, people spend the night more often, but the houses do less. According to the association, the hotels that do a lot of business with corporate customers are feeling the slowdown in the economy and the many austerity programs in the economy.
Sleep in the former water tower in Karlsruhe
It can be difficult to position yourself as a new provider. In addition to the capsule hotel, other unusual hotels are still looking for a chance in the niche: guests are, for example, in the Tower suite in a former water tower, also in Karlsruhe.
Only two guests have space here. The tower was built in 1877 and is protected both outside and inside. It has exactly one bedroom and one bathroom.
Or would you prefer to spend a quiet night in jail? Very few can imagine that. But it seems cozy “Hotel Liberty” (Hotel Freiheit) to be in a former prison in Offenburg. Built in 1840, you can dine there in the restaurant with the apt name “Water and Bread”.
There is pure nature in the “Bubble Tent” – translates bubble tent – to be experienced in Bad Dürrheim. The living room is packed in a transparent ball above. At night the view of the starry sky is undisturbed.
However, the ball tent is in the wild. After all, sanitary facilities and a lounge are right next to it. Is that more comfortable than the night in the Karlsruhe cabin?
These apartments on a Georgian terrace in the center of Bath are spacious and well equipped. The staff are genuinely welcoming and are committed to helping guests get the most out of their time in Bath by providing advice on sightseeing, attractions and restaurants. All of the accommodations are extraordinarily spacious and the facilities are very good. You can expect a sofa or armchairs, table and chairs, television, iron and ironing board and an adequate kitchen, with oven, stove, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine. They are ideal for families and SACO can supply cots and high chairs. However, there are no sofa beds; you will need a folding bed or a two bedroom apartment.
Australia’s borders will finally be closed tonight, but some believe the Morrison government may eventually consider even tighter controls such as forcing return travelers to stay in the hotel for 14 days.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been under pressure to close the borders of all countries for at least a week while the coronavirus epidemic has continued.
Grattan Institute CEO John Daley believes the government should have acted sooner.
Last week, he discussed introducing significant social distances and closing airports to foreign travelers.
“In retrospect it would have been a good idea since it happened anyway,” Daley told news.com.au.
“Waiting a week makes a big difference when you have a growing infection.”
Federal government data show that coronavirus cases in Australia more than doubled in less than a week.
There were 709 cases at 6.30 on Friday, the morning after the government announced the travel ban.
This was an increase of 414 cases from 19:00 on Saturday March 14, when there were 295 cases.
The number of cases believed to have been acquired abroad increased by 93 cases, according to data updated on Thursday 6.30, from 166 to 259, an increase of 56%.
Although it is unknown how many of these cases have been linked to tourists or Australians returning home, Daley said that a considerable number of them would have infected other people.
Some tourists are reportedly taking a relaxed “social distancing” approach and seem more concerned about enjoying their holidays than protecting themselves from the global pandemic.
Daley said that more stringent measures might need to be considered if Australia were serious about tackling the pandemic.
“Even the provisions at this time, where only Australians can return to voluntary isolation, are not quite similar,” he said.
From 9:00 pm on Friday, all non-citizens and non-residents will be barred from entering Australia.
Australians and their immediate family members will still be admitted, but will have to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the country they traveled to.
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Previously only foreign visitors who had traveled through China, Iran, Korea and Italy were unable to enter Australia.
Daley said that to date, well over half of those newly infected had recently got off a plane, and most others had also been infected by those who had traveled.
“Self-isolation doesn’t work, which isn’t surprising. The quarantine should be a real quarantine, so that anyone who lands in Australia goes and lives in a hotel – we currently have many vacant hotels – and we are sincerely supervised so that they do not go out (for two weeks) “, Mr. Daley said.
“If you’re serious about quarantine, here’s what it looks like.”
According to reports, China is already subjecting travelers entering the country to this type of rigorous quarantine.
“If you look at the history of the quarantine, that’s how they did it. You don’t just think people will come home and do the right thing for two full weeks,” said Daley.
THE GOVERNMENT DEFENDS ITS RESPONSE
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton, who was confirmed to have coronavirus, defended the government’s actions, stressing that Australia’s ban was coming earlier in the progression of the disease compared to other countries.
Dutton said the ban was put in place while the cases were still in their “hundreds”, while other countries had only acted when the cases were in “multiple thousands high”.
“We have to compare country by country and what we are doing is taking these steps much earlier in the progression of the disease. And that’s what helps in Australia,” said Dutton. Today this morning.
“This is what allowed us to significantly delay the onset.”
Australia banned travelers from China for the first time, with the entry into force of the restrictions on February 1. He subsequently introduced restrictions on Iran and Korea, but waited until March 11 to ban arrivals from Italy before banning all visitors from 9:00 PM on March 20.
Dutton said the government is following medical advice and asked his medical advisers to be fearless in their views.
“In my opinion, what we have done is actually made these decisions about mass gatherings and borders earlier than we could have … because we wanted to continue standing.”
But Mr Daley said that the sensible thing was not the basis of his answer on how many cases existed, but of considering the opportune moment.
“New Zealand acted when it only had 20 odd cases,” he said.
“WE HAVE USED TO DO THIS”
Daley said the history of epidemics has shown that those who imposed strict quarantine in advance have gone better.
“If you’ve spent time reading the history of the epidemics, one of the things that are very effective is closing the border where it came from,” he said.
“At least it slows it down and if you are fast and you do it correctly, it can also avoid disease.
“In a world where borders will close anyway, you may also close early.”
It was also worth mentioning, Daley said, that quarantine centers had existed in places like Point Nepean in Victoria during his father’s lifetime.
“People were asked to disembark at Point Nepean and quarantine if they came from a place with a disease they didn’t like.
“It was in our living memory that we used to do this … that’s how it worked.”