German Hotels And Restaurants Turn To Government For Support
Hoteliers and restaurateurs in Germany asked the government for state assistance in connection with the losses they suffer due to cancellation of events and a drop in demand due to the coronavirus, the German media concern Funke Mediengruppe writes.
This was announced by the Director General of the German Association of Hotel Businesses and Catering (DEHOGA) Ingrid Hartges.
According to her, the first recession was felt in the cities where large specialized exhibitions were planned. Then the turn came to small and medium-sized events, which also felt the failures of companies that had previously planned a series of events. In addition, new reservations for business travel have ceased to arrive.
Demand from individuals remains relatively stable, with the exception of the decline in those regions of the country that are most affected by the disease, Hartges added.
She expects that it will be possible to overcome negative trends by providing assistance from the federal government and special support programs.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Germany has reached 902, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which keeps country-specific morbidity statistics, on Sunday.
Almost half of those affected live in the largest land in North Rhine-Westphalia (398). More than 100 cases were recorded in Baden-Württemberg (182) and Bavaria (172), more than a dozen were reported in Berlin (40), Lower Saxony (21), Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate (19) and Hamburg (13). In the remaining regions, the number of confirmed cases does not exceed a dozen.