Corona hits the Isartal tourism in the Karwendel Alps with full force.
Overnight stays are also prohibited in the second lockdown.
It is questionable whether this will improve soon.
Upper Isar Valley
Upper Isar Valley
- closed shops, empty hotel rooms,
- the second
tourism destination Alpenwelt Karwendel
with full force.
"For a lot of people that has a lot to do with the substance," admits Sabrina Blandau, managing director of
without further ado.
As a result, their presentation of the
figures is anything but subject to amusement tax.
closure of the accommodation
establishments really messed up the statistics: almost 16 percent fewer overnight stays than in the previous year, and in the case of guest arrivals, the figure is as much as 23.6 percent.
In the overall balance, this means a
massive drop in the number
from just under 1.2 million to a million.
How this will affect added value in the Upper Isar Valley cannot yet be estimated today.
"That will have a rat tail", predicts the Mittenwald mayor Enrico Corongiu (SPD).
In this context he refers to the municipal subsidiary Karwendel, Energie & Wasser GmbH (KEW).
“That's where the numbers break away.” Fewer vacationers, less electricity and water consumption.
If the key sector of tourism is ailing, then the other sectors will also feel it - for example retailers and craftsmen.
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July, August, September and October are
ray of hope in the Corona horror year
In the months between the lockdowns, the number of overnight stays increased massively by 45,171 compared to 2019.
In the same period, the number of guests arriving decreased by 2311. Sounds paradoxical, but it is easy to explain.
“This development can be traced back to an increase in the average length of stay,” explains Blandau.
Because in this high phase the holidaymakers stayed - statistically speaking - instead of 4.97 now more 5.47 days in the Alpenwelt Karwendel.
Corona tribulation in the Karwendel Alps: Lousy numbers due to lockdown and entry restrictions
Significant increases in occupancy were achieved in the summer season (July / August) in the accommodation categories farm (plus 20.7 percent) and guesthouse (plus 8.8 percent).
In terms of length of stay, inns (plus 12.7 percent) and farms (plus 9.2 percent) benefited most from this encouraging trend.
Due to the
, the already modest segment of foreign guests fell from eleven to a meager six percent in the Corona year 2020.
and its serious consequences also led to a rejuvenation process in the three Isar valley locations.
The number of holidaymakers under 50 grew by 18 percent.
This age group makes up 46.6 percent of the overall statistics.
Corona year 2021: Tourism expert finds it difficult to assess
And how will the second
Corona year 2021
To answer this question is of course extremely difficult for tourism expert Blandau.
Because neither they nor big
have clairvoyant abilities
“One can assume that at least the first quarter of 2021 will still be marked by severe restrictions.” The GmbH boss also believes: “The
summer season 2021
will probably be comparable to 2020.” As a “small incentive” for the long-suffering hosts According to Blandau, bookings in the first quarter of 2021 that are made via the
will be free of commission.
Corona tarnishes tourism industry: Season extension already planned
Unless the state - as regrettably happened in November 2020 - does not put a spanner in the works, plans are made
to extend the
until late autumn
to compensate for at least some of the failures.
"The companies want to pull this off,"
says Blandau, referring to discussions with landlords.
In the Alpenwelt Karwendel office in Mittenwald, like in many other offices, there is an eerie calm - short-time work, home office.
But this ghost town atmosphere can be felt everywhere in the Upper Isar Valley.
The icy January wind fits in with this.
Tourism balance 2020
Tourism balance 2020
: 1 008 045 (2019: 1 198 092) / minus 15.9 percent
: 475 188 (553 019) / minus 14.1 percent
: 401 202 (492 278) / minus 18.5 percent
: 131 655 (152 795) / minus 13.8 percent
: 184 107 (241 025) / minus 23.6 percent
: 88 044 (112 456) / minus 21.7 percent
: 74 886 (102 528) / minus 27.0 percent
: 21 177 (26 041) / minus 18.7 percent