there is Hardly a European country has made the Corona pandemic as hard as Italy. Not only is the case and mortality figures were particularly high there, even the already heavily damaged economy of the country suffers from the consequences of the pandemic. Above all, tourism, which was previously one of the few sectors that were still working.
So, the Italian regions are competing for the Re-recording of the travel of German tourists to keep the collateral damage as low as possible. One of the most affected regions of the German holidaymakers is especially popular lake Garda.
The Northern Italian lake located in the regions of Veneto and Lombardy and in the province of Trentino, attracts tourists mainly because of its hybrid position between the mountains for Hiking and beaches to Relax by the sea-like lake.
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However, the Lombardy, which borders to the West of the lake, is the Region in Italy, which is one Sufferers the most Covid-19 -. Nowhere else is infected so many people with the new Coronavirus, nowhere else, many died of the consequences of their disease, such as here.
Nevertheless, she is optimistic. Already at the beginning of June, when it was clear that soon again German holidaymakers are expected to arrive, said the mayor of the commune of Limone sul Garda, Antonio Martinelli: "The visitors can feel absolutely safe. We had only a single Corona case.“ And further: "We want to send a message to our beloved German friends, that we expect you full of yearning."
His Church on lake Garda in Lombardy, the most difficult of the Virus epidemic affected the city of Bergamo is located two hours away.
About 70 percent of the annual 1.3 million Nights alone in Limone sul Garda, accounted for German tourists, according to the mayor. Usually the season starts in March and ends in October. Due to the Corona pandemic of Hotels, Restaurants and shops had to remain closed for a long time. More to the Coronavirus to 3.5 million infections: Corona fiasco in the United States to stop the phenomenon of Corona-Fatigue: Covid-19-Convalescent suffer for weeks under Extreme-fatigue RKI provides Corona-Symptom-Chaos day-care centres to send healthy children to work from home half of the balance-sheet: 5 Corona-questions to which we urgently need answers to a Complete recovery not sure: Corona-patients suffer for weeks after infection.Hoteliers hope to a Minus of "only" 50 percent
the hotel operator, Petra Mayr about opened its doors on may 30. In may, two weeks before German tourists were allowed to enter the country. "We hope that we will be able to conclude in 2020, with a drop of only 50 percent compared to the previous year," she says in an interview with FOCUS Online. The German-Italian co-leads with her husband, the "Active & Family Hotel Gioiosa" in Riva del Garda at the Northern tip of lake Garda.
The promise of state aid and the return of the tourists in the summer holidays to have her, but also to other Hoteliers, restaurant operators and business owners to be given hope. Everything depends now from the development in the next few months: "We hope that we can finish the season with a black eye," explains Mayr.all the shops will stay on full Bearings
However, the current developments, prepare the Italian Hoteliers Worry sit. Rising case numbers in Germany, the connection to travel and returnees as well as the Declaration of areas-have already shared regions to risk, as currently in parts of Spain, watching you tense up.
"We currently receive a lot of cancellations from Germany. Reason for this is the current reports from the media are mostly because the current Pay of the province of Trentino are currently not a cause for concern. People do not want to be sent according to your return in quarantine.“ Also the non-obligatory Corona – Tests for returnees from risk areas as the reasons mentioned-although these are available for Italy currently up for debate.
Many industries on lake Garda are dependent on tourism. In addition to Hotels, many Restaurants, bike and boat rentals to guests, as well as the many shops, mainly living from the tourists: "Many dress shops will remain this year on a full Store sit, because you had to make your orders for the current season long prior to the Corona," says Mayr, who is also on the Board of the hoteliers Association in their Region. "Corona hangs like a sword of Damocles over us."losses not recouped
nevertheless, Mayr optimistic: "Of August makes us happy. Most of the cancelled rooms are currently nachbelegt again. We hope now all on a good end of the season.“ The losses of the previous months, however, could catch up no more. Also, how to do it in the Winter, for your colleagues, is currently not foreseeable.
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Petra Mayr hopes that it arrives in Germany to further travel warnings for foreign countries – and points to crowded regions such as the Allgäu region or the North sea and the Baltic sea beaches.
The call to politics, to spend the holiday in Germany this year, have hit the Italians hard. Finally, you give up all effort to keep infections as low as possible. Also, the collateral damage to try to keep it low – count, however, jobs to get, for example, in the tourism sector, finds Mayr. Education in Corona times: Take part in our big survey!
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