Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Energy crisis and inflation cloud mood in MV tourism

Rostock (dpa/mv) - According to an industry survey by the State Tourism Association (TMV), the tourism industry in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is going into the Christmas and New Year's business with subdued expectations.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Energy crisis and inflation cloud mood in MV tourism

Rostock (dpa/mv) - According to an industry survey by the State Tourism Association (TMV), the tourism industry in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is going into the Christmas and New Year's business with subdued expectations. Accordingly, the expected occupancy rate for Christmas in the houses is only around a third and thus lower than in previous years. According to the information, the companies are currently almost 60 percent booked on New Year's Eve; the expected utilization is around 70 percent, the TMV announced on Friday.

"For decades there was a boom in the holiday destination at the end of the year. The crisis situation in recent years has changed this," said Tobias Woitendorf, the state's tourism officer and managing director of the state tourism association. "At the end of 2021, the 2G Plus rule hit the office." Now concerns about energy security and prices are slowing down the desire to book and increasing uncertainty among hosts. Business has been extremely short-term since the fall.

The survey took into account hotels, holiday apartments, campsites, leisure providers and gastronomic facilities. According to the information, 17 percent of those surveyed, and thus one in six companies, currently assess the economic situation as endangered or acutely endangered. 46 percent were neutral about this; 36 percent rated the company's situation as safe or very safe. According to TMV, these values ​​are below those of summer 2022.

In particular, the companies name the rise in energy costs as a threat to economic development. Almost two thirds of the companies (63 percent) confirmed this. Compared to the same period last year, prices also went up for trips to MV: according to the survey, by 14 percent compared to the previous year.

The outlook for 2023 was very cautious: "Based on the pre-booking status, the general uncertainty and the economic situation, 45 percent of those surveyed assume that next year will be less successful than 2022 in terms of expected sales," said the association With. 34 percent stated that they expect business to be at the previous year's level; only 9 percent expect a positive development in sales.

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