Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - Hesse's tourism providers are hoping for a tailwind thanks to the 9-euro ticket. Hartmut Reiße, Managing Director of the Hessian Tourist Association, expects that many day trippers in particular will use the cheap tickets for trips by bus and train to tourist destinations this summer. This is a ray of hope for the stricken companies. The two-year corona pandemic has not only made it difficult for hotels and restaurants, but also for museums, transport companies and the event industry.
At the same time, a change was under way: Because many people have spent their holidays at home in the past two years, hiking and cycling tourism has experienced an enormous increase, which could now be expanded thanks to the 9-euro ticket - provided that bicycles are taken along allowed as extensively as possible, said Reiße. "Otherwise it would be counterproductive." Especially on attractive tourist routes such as from Marburg via the Edersee, Korbach and Willingen to the Sauerland, from Frankfurt to the Taunus and to the Odenwald and in the Rheingau, Reiße expects a high demand for day trips with local public transport.
The passengers have to be prepared for full buses and trains, as the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) made clear before the start of the validity of the tickets on (today) Wednesday. More than 300,000 of the cheap tickets were sold in the first week alone via the ticket machines and sales offices of the RMV. The 9-euro tickets are now also available via the RMV app.