The people of the district of kulmbach spend almost 233 million euros a year on tourism – from country breaks to package tours and from bicycle tours to city trips. This is the result of a regional tourism data analysis that the pestel institute has now published for the first time for the initiative "booked for the future" of the tourism industry.
From children to seniors in the kulmbach district, per capita spending on tourism amounts to 3200 euros a year. "Whether it’s the flight to the vacation island or the food at the vacation destination, around 19 percent of the money spent by residents of the district goes to tourism. By way of comparison: ten percent for foodstuffs. Nationwide, spending averages 1800 euros per capita per year", says matthias gunther. For the head of the pestel institute, tourism is thus "a strong economic factor – also because three quarters of the expenditures remain in germany". This shows that germany as a travel destination still high on the agenda.
The attractiveness of the tourism could even be increased. He could offer vacationers from the kulmbach district even more for their money, says the federal association of the german tourism industry (BTW) as coordinator of the initiative "booked for the future.
"This is a farce"
This already starts with the different levels of taxation on food: "it’s hard to see why freshly prepared food in restaurants is not taxed at a lower rate – namely at seven percent instead of the 19 percent value-added tax that has been levied so far. This is, after all, completely normal with finished products from the supermarket shelf or from the counter in bakeries and butcher shops, which are sold on the hand. There is a double standard here – it’s a farce", says BTW secretary general michael rabe.
The tourism industry criticizes the state for its strong influence on the price spiral for travel. First and foremost through the air traffic tax, which only germany levies. It will always be liable when an airplane takes off from a german airport, making travel more expensive by a good one billion euros each year.
A state task
Unlike in spain, italy or the u.S., for example, the state also passes on the air safety fees to travelers and companies. "We are talking here about passenger and baggage checks and about almost 700 million euros nationwide this year alone. Fighting terrorism and preventing dangers is a task for the state", says rabe. The industry is therefore now appealing in a "tourism letter" to domestic members of the bundestag to make a political commitment to a "more favorable travel climate" use. "It’s time to turn the screw on the state’s cost drivers in tourism. Because it affects the majority of the population in the district of kulmbach, if the state continues to operate a strong tax and fee waiver in tourism", so rabe. The tourism industry also advocates affordable rail travel. The state must not lose sight of this issue.