Germany: Travel agents call for COVID-19 financial aid at protest in Berlin

Travel agents and bus tour staff demonstrated in Berlin on Wednesday where they called for financial support from the government in the face of the coronavirus crisis. A procession of around 50 buses took to the streets of Berlin driving towards the iconic Brandenburg Gate where they were joined by numerous protesters holding banners and cheering as the busses drove past honking their horns in... Еще unison. «We are all earning no money at the moment, however, we are working. That means that we are working on the (previously) uncancelled travel arrangements and we are reimbursing the payments for the customers that do not want a voucher,» explained organiser of the demonstration and manager of Merkur travel company in Thuringia Anke Mingerzahn at the scene. She added that the majority of people in the travel industry depend strongly on commissions made from travel tours and services which have been completely put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The protesters urged the German government to supply more financial aid for small businesses, not only for major travel operators, as the industry had been hit hard by the ban on travel due to the pandemic and the regulations demanding reimbursement to clients for cancelled trips. The protest comes on the same day German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced that Germany will be easing border controls with France, Switzerland and Austria by May 16, with the purpose of having free travel across the EU by mid-June

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