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From COVID to War: Will Travel Get More Expensive? | Travel

The pandemic is still not over, there is a war going on in Europe and inflation is going through the roof. In such difficult times, many people dream of rest. But even going on vacation is not as easy as it used to be. More than two years of the pandemic has left its mark on many people, creating existential fears and fears related to work. As soon as restrictions were lifted in Europe, Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, which caused further concern and uncertainty around the world.

No wonder so many need a break. After all, a vacation is an opportunity to switch off and relax. But the current crises are also affecting the tourism industry.

Rising airfare and hotel prices

Anyone looking for flights at the moment may be wondering why they have become more expensive in recent months. Prices are really rising, and there are two reasons for this.

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“In general, the cost of gas is growing, and the price of oil is at a record level. Guests also sense this in airfare prices, which go up as a result,” Johanna Tillmann of German airline Condor told DW. After all, it’s not just that owners pay more for a pump; airlines also pay more for fuel.

“In addition, we are currently seeing the result of pent-up demand for holiday travel. This affects the prices of flights and accommodation, especially during the high season, because (such prices) are based on demand,” Tillmann explained. .

Hotels also have to contend with higher costs. They have to pay more for oil, gas, electricity and food. In addition, many hotels lack skilled workers. At the height of the pandemic, hotels were empty and many employees found other jobs.

To some extent, the hospitality industry must now create incentives – primarily financial – for hiring staff. Additional costs are partially passed on to guests by increasing the cost of the room.

What about package holidays?

Costs also affect so-called package holidays, trips where vacationers book a package consisting of various travel-related offers, including flight, hotel, and hotel transfers.

According to German travel price comparison website Check24, package tours booked to destinations popular with German tourists are more expensive than last year. On average, a weekly package holiday for two people booked in May for the period June to August 2022 in Mallorca, Spain is 17% more expensive than last year. “Despite the favorable prices, the rise in prices is most noticeable in Side and Alanya on the Turkish coast. There, a week-long vacation for two this summer is now 45% more expensive than last summer,” said Martin Zier, managing director of package tours at Check24, in an interview with DW.

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However, higher prices have not made everyone spend money on travel. According to the German Tourist Association…

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