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Horror year for tourism: Alpenwelt Karwendel before a full minus - but a faint hope remains


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.

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

- closed shops, empty hotel rooms,

existential fears

- the second

corona lockdown



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.

The week-long

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


overnight stays

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.

Alpenwelt Karwendel experiences a slump: summer is a bright spot in the Corona horror year

July, August, September and October are

an absolute

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

entry restrictions

, 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

Alpenwelt Karwendel


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

in 2021

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

Overnight stays


Alpenwelt Karwendel

: 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

Guest arrivals


Alpenwelt Karwendel

: 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

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-01-27

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