Germany: Travel agency workers call for govt. support in Nuremberg

As many as 50 travel agency workers demonstrated in front of Nuremberg's Albrecht Durer Airport on Wednesday, calling on Germany to provide a rescue fund for the tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Demonstrators gathered under the slogan «Rescue the travel agencies,» demanding a comprehensive protective shield that will not only rescue large corporations. Footage shows mask-wearing... Еще demonstrators holding signs and standing next to empty suitcases reading «Empty suitcases = Empty cash registers.» «The tourism industry is not just large corporations. So there are not only Dertour, TUI, FTI and Lufthansa, but there are also 11,000 travel agencies, hundreds of thousands of employees, whose existence is currently just under threat,» said Leikauf travel agency owner Holger Crone. Demonstrators called for a «German Travel Rescue Fund so that we travel agencies get our commissions for the cancelled trips, the tour operator gets his margin and of course, the customers get their money back,» Crone said. According to reports citing the protesters, German travel agencies have lost 80 per cent of their profits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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