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Dear guests,

even in times like these, affected in so many ways by Corona, more than 12,000 employees of the FTI GROUP in Germany and worldwide are still working for you. On this live ticker we will provide you with continuous updates and current information on how we are operating in these challenging times. You will get an exclusive look behind the scenes and learn what we are doing every day in our headquarter in Munich as well as all over the world to master the current challenges together. We will also show you how we and our partners are preparing so that we, as your reliable travel partner, can offer you wonderful holiday experiences once more.

We are by your side.

The management and employees of the FTI GROUP

  • The FTI GROUP will send all customers whose bookings had to be cancelled due to the Corona crisis, theil "holiday credit" in the amount of the payments already made, plus additional FTI GROUP-Cash of 200 Euro per booking.
  • Free rebooking option for FTI Touristik trips: Bookings with departure immediately and by 31 July 2020 can be rebooked free of charge to a later date (latest return journey 31 October 2021). The rebooking must be made by 31 July 2020, but no later than ten days before departure.

+++ 12:30 noon - Summer holiday 2020 in Calabria: In the FTI travel blog Simone describes her impressions +++

How does the first flight since Corona feel? What do you have to pay attention to when packing and in the destination? Simone's conclusion after two days of "test vacation" in Calabria is positive, even so some things are different this year than usual. You can read the article here (in German). FTI Touristik (13.7.2020)

++ 1:00 p.m. - Oriental Dreams in Abu Dhabi with 5vorFlug ++

In the current blog post, 5vorFlug gives its readers insights into one of the world's most famous Arabic buildings: the Sheikh Zayid Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It's not only the largest mosque in the Arab Emirates and currently the third largest in the world, but also an architectural masterpiece. Here's a little fun fact: The big gold chandelier that decorates one of the rooms was made in a village in Bavaria. In other articles on the blog you can also find inspiration about what the metropolis has to offer for holidaymakers. 5vorFlug (12.7.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Malta's natural side in a video +++

Bizarre rock formations, a colourful underwater world, steep cliffs and golden beaches: Malta offers many surprises for nature and sea lovers. Fortunately, the views from the video of Visit Malta don't have to remain a dream, because holidays on the Mediterranean island are possible again since July 1st. Visit Malta (11.7.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - With "Visit now - Enjoy more" Malta awakens holiday desire +++

Since 1 July, FTI guests can finally enjoy holidays on the Mediterranean island again. In the video, Visit Malta provides inspiration for culture lovers. In the medieval capital Valetta, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, interested people can immerse themselves in the culture and history of the island. Travel offers can be found here. FTI Product Management Malta (10.7.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Ralph Schiller speaks on Deutschlandfunk about the effects of Corona on tourism +++

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, the German nationwide radio station Deutschlandfunk made the Corona crisis and its consequences for tourism the subject of its program "Streitkultur"". FTI Group Managing Director Ralph Schiller discussed with Prof. Dr. Claudia Brözel from the HNE Eberswalde lively about the uncertainties of the holidaymakers, how travelling could change in the future and what prices we have to expect in the future. The broadcast is availabe online here (in German). FTI GROUP (10.7.2020) 

+++ 3:50 p.m. - Holidays 2020 in Cyprus: Interview with the Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr Savvas Perdios +++

In an interview with sonnenklar.TV, the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Cyprus, Mr. Savvas Perdios, explains the new hygiene concept and how holidays will look like in 2020. The island in the Mediterranean Sea has issued regulations and measures to guarantee travellers an optimal holiday experience. The Government of Cyprus has divided all countries into categories based on the number of cases of Covid-19 diseases. For example, "A-category" citizens - including holidaymakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland - are allowed to enter without a corona test. In addition, the local employees pay very close attention to compliance with hygiene regulations and distance regulations. For example, a comprehensive cleaning concept has been introduced, whereby e.g. car keys of rental cars, menus and hotel keys are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. Mr. Savvas Perdios is very optimistic that the combination of the entry categories and the new measures will be successful and that holidaymakers on Cyprus will be able to enjoy their stay to the full. The minister explains even more information about the hygiene concept in Cyprus in the video. sonnenklar.TV (9.7.2020)

+++ 12:15 p.m. - In 2020, holidays in Germany and neighbouring countries are as popular as never before +++

With the start of the summer holidays, the domestic beaches on the North and Baltic Sea are filling up. But even at short notice, hotels and holiday apartments from the FTI portfolio can still be booked on the coasts, for example in Zandvoort or Scheveningen on the Dutch North Sea, in Damp or Boltenhagen on the German Baltic Sea or in Swinemünde, the Polish part of Usedom. "Concerning the prices, holidaymakers do not have to expect increases when booking with us, despite the high demand," emphasises Martin Katz, who is responsible for self drive destinations at tour operator FTI. FTI Product Management Self Drive (8.7.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Holidays at LABRANDA Rocca Nettuno Tropea: sonnenklarTV has checked Calabria +++

A scenic location on a hill above the azure sea, summer temperatures and good food: the LABRANDA Rocca Nettuno Tropea offers everything to make a dream come true. But in times like these, a comprehensive hygiene concept is just as important. sonnenklar.TV has taken a look around the hotel and reports in the video in detail on the measures and precautions taken. sonnenklar.TV (7.7.2020)

+++ 1:10 p.m. - Video of the "Look & Feel" test trip to Calabria +++

How does a holiday in Corona times work? How do travellers have to imagine the airport? What security measures in the aircraft do they have to be prepared for? What happens on arrival at the destination? Are there any restrictions for the guest with regard to the hotel stay? Many people are unsure what a holiday in Corona times actually means. TVG, franchisor for brands such as sonnenklar.TV Reisebüro, has produced a video on the "Look & Feel" test trip to Calabria that answers precisely these questions. It can be seen for example here: https://www.wirliebenreisebuero.de/sommer2020/TVG (07.07.2020) 

+++ 1:00 p.m. - Finally to the Caribbean again: For Germans, holidays on the dream islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Curacao will soon be possible again +++

Good news for those with wanderlust: as part of the EU, the overseas departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique and Curacao as part of the Dutch Antilles are once again open to holidaymakers from Germany. From August 2020 on, FTI guests will be able to embark on their dream Caribbean holiday. To enter the country, proof of a negative Covid-19 test is currently required, which must not be older than 48 hours. FTI Product Management Caribbean (6.7.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - Well-known participants describe their impressions of the "Look & Feel" test trip to Calabria +++

Foreign reporter Björn Kasper spoke for sonnenklar.TV with Mister Germany Dominik Bruntner, Model Jolina Fust and Pascal Kappes about their experiences on the trip. sonnenklar.TV (5.7.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - United Airlines presents its hygiene concept +++

With United CleanPlus, the airline is demonstrating its commitment to passenger safety and ensuring an enhanced level of hygiene. Because when the time is right, United Airlines wants all its guests to travel with them again with confidence. United Airlines (5.7.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Ralph Schiller answered questions from Antenne Düsseldorf listeners live on air +++

In the morning show, the managing director of the FTI GROUP addressed topics of individual listeners of Antenne Düsseldorf. He also gave tips on how guests can enjoy the advantages of a package tour even if they want to combine a visit to relatives abroad with a stay in a hotel. FTI GROUP (4.7.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Holiday start in Turkey: Meeting Point Turkey welcomes guests +++

The first FTI guests from Switzerland are starting their holidays in Turkey this week. Upon arrival at the airport, they will be met by our destination agency Meeting Point Turkey in compliance with the new hygiene rules. For example, registration is contactless and the transfer buses are disinfected after each journey. Meeting Point Turkey (4.7.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Hygiene measures in Italy using the example of the "Look & Feel" test trip to Calabria +++

For TouristikNews, Enrique Lepehne was part of the trip to the LABRANDA Rocca Nettuno Tropea organized by the FTI GROUP and Condor. In the video live from Tropea he reports about the measures like temperature measurements or the digital menu, which are carried out on site to ensure a safe stay of all guests. FTI GROUP (3.7.2020)

+++ 11:20 a.m. - Canary Islands: Which of the seven should it be? +++

The islands of the "eternal spring" are popular holiday destinations in summer and winter. But which of the seven islands is the right one? The FTI travel blog provides information about the beauty of each one, the differences and the activity possibilities. FTI Touristik (3.7.2020)

+++ 4:45 p.m. - Spain expert Manuel Morales spoke on sonnenklar.TV about hygiene concepts in Spain especially on Mallorca +++

The Group Head of Destination Spain at FTI, Manuel Morales, is Spanish by birth and lives in Mallorca. He spoke to Europe's largest travel shopping channel about what awaits holidaymakers in his home country. sonnenklar.TV (2.7.2020)

 

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Croatia is ready for the summer season +++

Since 15 June 2020, holidaymakers from Germany have finally been able to travel to the Mediterranean county. “Those who don’t want to travel by car can now also go by regular flight connections of many airlines such as Lufthansa, Eurowings or Croatia Airlines," explains Luca Picone Chiodo, who is responsible for the South East Europe region at FTI. "Especially for the popular bathing region around Split in Central Dalmatia, this is a good option, as it significantly shortens the travel time to the holiday destination". Thanks to its more than 1,000 islands and over 1,700 kilometres of coastline on the mainland alone, Croatia offers enough space to easily comply with distance rules. The ferry connections from the mainland to the islands and between the isles are also back in regular operation. FTI Product Management South East Europe (2.7.2020)

+++ 7:17 p.m. - Rolf Stahlhofen from Söhne Mannheims in an interview with Björn Kasper in Calabria +++


In addition to more than 100 travel agency employees, singer and musician Rolf Stahlhofen was also part of the "Look & Feel" test trip of FTI and Condor. The 52-year-old, who became famous with Söhne Mannheims, spoke with sonnenklar.TV presenter Björn Kasper about his impressions of the place in Tropea, Calabria. sonnenklar.TV (1.7.2020)

 

++ 2:00 p.m. - FTI and Air Canada wish a Happy Canada Day +++

July 1st is Canada's national holiday. Although in some places the restrictions on outdoor gatherings have been increased from 100 to 200 people, this year's Canada Day celebrations will be very different from previous ones. Air Canada also wishes "Happy Canada Day" and is flying the flag. Air Canada (1.7.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - sonnenklar.TV reports live from the "Look & Feel" test trip of the FTI GROUP to Calabria +++

Together with its partner Condor, the tour operator invited over 100 travel agency experts to the "Look & Feel" test trip to the south of Italy. Travel professionals will be able to personally check the hygiene measures and concepts at the airport, on the plane and in the hotel and get an idea of how safe holidays in Corona times are. A team from sonnenklar.TV is also involved and will report live from the tour. Here is the first report from Frankfurt Airport. In conversation: Dr. Christoph Hoffmann, Member of the German Bundestag and Björn Kasper, external reporter. sonnenklar.TV (30.6.2020)

 

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Ulf-Dieter Kunstmann reports from the "Look & Feel" test trip from Tropea +++

From hygiene measures at the airport to orderly boarding and minimum distances in the transfer buses in Calabria: sonnenklar.TV presenter Ulf is on the test trip of FTI and Condor and tells the viewers what to expect not only during their next holiday in Italy. sonnenklar.TV (1.7.2020)

+++ 1:15 p.m. - Summer high with LAL: Carefree booking action +++

A secure feeling when booking language travel: From now on LAL does not require any down payments for all bookings until August 31, 2020. The travel price is only due 30 days before arrival as a complete price. At the same time, the organiser is introducing a particularly accommodating cancellation policy for these bookings. Irrespective of the destination or the choice of language course with or without flight, guests can cancel free of charge for trips up to 31 December 2021 up to 30 days before the start of the trip. LAL Language Travel (30.6.2020)

+++ 11:50 a.m. - FTI GROUP starts the summer season in Turkey for Swiss guests +++

The wait is over: following the lifting of travel restrictions, Swiss guests with FTIs will finally be able to fly to their well-earned holidays on the Riviera and Aegean from 1 July 2020. Both the airlines and airports, as well as FTI's own agency Meeting Point Turkey, which is responsible for transfers, for example, have prepared themselves for the delayed start of the summer season with hygiene concepts in accordance with the comprehensive specifications of the Turkish government, as have hotels and restaurants outside the holiday resorts. The video in the ReiseSprechstunde shows what the first Turkey vacationers report from their trip to the popular holiday destination. FTI GROUP (29.06.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Air Canada is ready to take off +++

It is an exceptional year that is putting the resilience and adaptability of many people and companies to the test. The most important thing is always to look ahead, because the goal is already very close. When the time comes, Air Canada will be ready for its guests. Air Canada (28.6.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - FTI GROUP Managing Director answered questions from listeners of Antenne Düsseldorf about their holidays last Thursday +++

At the start of the summer holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia, Ralph Schiller answered questions from listeners in the morning magazine of Antenne Düsseldorf. The result can be found here. FTI GROUP (28.6.2020)

+++ 3:55 p.m. - Healthy arrival at your destination from Frankfurt Airport +++

Frankfurt Airport has taken a variety of hygiene measures to protect both travelers and airport employees. The short commercial shows what the protection concept looks like. #SafeAtFRA Frankfurt Airport  (27.6.2020)

+++ 10:45 a.m. - sonnenklar.TV reporter shows how the holiday 2020 in Turkey looks like +++

The sonnenklar.TV reporter Hatice has been living in Antalya since 2016 and reports for the travel shopping channel from the spot. In the following video, the Palatinate native talks about the hygiene concept in the country and what awaits holidaymakers in Turkey. sonnenklar.TV (27.6.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - Ralph Schiller spoke yesterday in the morning magazine of Antenne Düsseldorf about the current situation in the travel industry +++

The Corona crisis has reached a magnitude that no one in the industry could have been prepared for. No bookings from mid-March 2020, cancellation of over 150,000 trips by guests. To this end, the Managing Director of the FTI GROUP spoke yesterday morning on Antenne Düsseldorf and answered questions from unsettled listeners. FTI GROUP (26.6.2020)

+++ 11:00 am - Air Canada introduces its CleanCare Plus Program +++

In recent weeks, the airline Air Canada has worked hard to further develop hygiene measures at the airports and on board the aircraft so that passengers can be offered the highest possible level of safety when travelling in the current situation. All measures are part of the large-scale CleanCare Plus program, which is presented here. Air Canada (26.6.2020)

 

+++ 4:45 p.m. - Holidays with momentum: Even more offers at GOLF by FTI +++

If you would like to go to the green during your holiday or if you would like to get a taste of golf, GOLF by FTI is the right place for you. Because the repertoire at FTI has now been significantly increased in the area of personal travel, just in time for the Corona-delayed start of the season. "Germany, Austria and Switzerland offer the peace, quality and nature you need for every level to spend the ideal golf holiday", explains FTI expert Martin Katz. "With their different landscapes and high-quality golf courses, these three countries are also among the most diverse golf destinations in the heart of Europe. We have therefore decided to include even more golf packages, hotels close to the golf courses and golf hotels specifically geared to the sport in our programme, thereby increasing our range of offers by a further 70 percent. FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (25.6.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - An indoor ski world or a desert tour: Emirates Airlines shows what awaits holidaymakers in Dubai +++

More variety is hardly possible: the largest city in the United Arab Emirates combines modernity, adventure, luxury and culture. Emirate Airlines shows in the film what holidaymakers can look forward to after 7 July, when Dubai is open to tourists again. Emirates Airlines (25.6.2020)

+++ 5:55 p.m. - Flexible flight program to Greece's green island Corfu +++

On Corfu, Greece shows its Italian side: charming taverns, ancient sanctuaries, lush olive groves and wineries meet influences from the time of the Venetian Republic, which are particularly noticeable in the architecture and cuisine. "Corfu also stands out for its many beautiful bays with extensive sandy beaches and the lush Mediterranean vegetation," explains Halina Strzyzewska, Group Head of Destination Greece and Cyprus at FTI. From 1 July, additional FTI flight connections with Holiday Europe from seven German airports are available for the two-hour flight to Corfu. Holidaymakers also have plenty of choice when it comes to hotels: One of the highlights is the newly opened KAIRABA Mythos Palace. FTI Productmanagement Greece & Cyprus (24.06.2020)

+++ 10:25 a.m. - Dubai open for tourists again from 7 July 2020 +++

Dubai will be open to foreign guests again from 7 July and the renowned airline Emirates, which operates non-stop flights from Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to Dubai, will also be back in operation. "We are confident that the many measures taken in the air, on the ground and throughout Dubai will help us to reduce the risk of infection spreading," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of Emirates Airline. The German Foreign Office is expected to release holidays in the Orient from 1 September 2020. Offers for autumn and winter can already be booked at FTI. FTI Product Management MiddleEast (24.06.2020)

+++ 1:00 p.m. - Question Time with travel expert Richard Brodrecht +++

From 2 p.m. on Richard Brodrecht, who is responsible for the package travel division at FTI, will answer customer questions on the phone regarding their holiday trip in summer 2020 as well as bookings and cancellations. The Corona telephone campaign is a project of "Bild der Frau", lasts two hours and offers readers the opportunity to get individual answers from a professional. The travel expert can be contacted free of charge at 0800 / 200 3 200. FTI GROUP (23.6.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - FTI now offers round trips in Egypt for the winter season 2020/21 +++

"With the round trip 'Coptic Egypt' we have the classical round trip again in the program, which contains beside the Coptic objects of interest and very old monasteries of Egypt also the pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian museum in Cairo. However, this season we have adapted it a little with stops in Alexandria, for example, to offer something new to repeat visitors," explains Sebastian Wagner, Senior Commercial Manager Egypt at FTI. "And since the starting point of the trip is still Hurghada, the trip can be combined wonderfully with a bathing extension at the Red Sea". FTI GROUP Egypt (23.6.2020)

+++ 4:25 p.m. - Between the Alps and the Adriatic: Slovenia's highlights in the 5vorFlug travel blog +++

Slovenia was little affected by the corona pandemic and has been receiving holidaymakers from Germany and other EU countries again since 15 June 2020. In the 5vorFlug travel blog we present the highlights of the small country between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. With its capital Ljubljana, around 50 kilometres of coastline, magnificent mountain lakes such as Lake Bled or the world's second largest stalactite cave, Postojna, Slovenia is a varied holiday destination for discoverers and those seeking relaxation. In the FTI GROUP programme, guests will find a wide range of accommodation in all parts of the country. 5vorFlug (22.06.2020)

+++ 10:50 a.m. - FTI GROUP offers Portugal holidays including family offers +++

The tour operator is now offering package holidays to the Algarve for German holidaymakers. The popular holiday island in the Atlantic, Madeira, will welcome FTI guests again from 1st July 2020. Families will travel to selected hotels at no cost to their children. "We're delighted that German holidaymakers are once again very welcome in the country", explains Sainey Sawaneh, Group Head of Destination Portugal at FTI, and adds: "For families who want to take a holiday during the summer holidays, we have the exclusive FTI 'opening offers' ready. For example, children can stay overnight for free at the Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve"". FTI GROUP (22.6.2020)

 

+++ 4:30 p.m.- Rebooking bonus of 100 euros with "FTI goes Europe" +++

FTI GROUP guests who rebook their planned package tour to a non-EU country in July and August 2020 as part of the "FTI goes Europe" campaign to an EU country can secure a rebooking bonus. Guests who opt for a selected MP hotel in the alternative destination will receive the 100 euro bonus, which will be credited directly to the new travel price. KAIRABA Sandy Villas on the Greek island of Corfu is one of the hotels where this offer applies. MP Hotels (21.6.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Universal Orlando Resort misses its guests +++

The theme park resort in Orlando is back thanks to new security guidelines and can hardly wait until the guests are back too. Their laughter, their shining faces and their screams on the roller coaster were greatly missed. Universal Orlando Resort  (21.6.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - RPR1 with Ralph Schiller in conversation +++

RPR1, the private radio station from Rhineland-Palatinate, asked the FTI Group Managing Director: How badly has the Corona crisis hit tourism? What conditions have to be met in the destinations and what can be expected - not only the Rhineland-Palatinate - when on holiday?  The answers can be found here. FTI GROUP (20.6.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - HolidayChecker at the Aquaworld Belek by MP Hotels +++

sonnenklar.TV external reporter Hatice Özdemir reports on the latest news from the Turkish Riviera and presents the new hygiene standards in the five-star hotel Aquaworld Belek by MP Hotels. In the special edition of UrlaubsChecker ferngesteuert! she presents what a holiday in Turkey could look like at present. sonnenklar.TV (20.6.2020)

+++ 3:45 p.m. - Richard Brodrecht, expert for package tours at FTI, answered questions from readers +++

Yesterday afternoon, Richard Brodrecht answered questions from the readers of "auf einen Blick" as well as "meins" on the subject of holidays 2020 by telephone. He took two hours to answer questions such as "Can I go on holiday to Cyprus in October?" or "Should I transfer the remaining payment for my holiday? The campaign will continue next Tuesday. The details will be announced later. FTI GROUP (19.6.2020)

+++ 2:15 p.m. - "FTI goes Europe" and offers free rebooking +++

"We want to give our guests planning security in uncertain times and therefore offer them rebookings free of charge," explains Ralph Schiller, FTI Group Managing Director. With the tour operators FTI Touristik, BigXtra and 5vorFlug, guests whose package tour was to go to a non-EU country in July or August 2020 can rebook free of charge to a country within the EU. It does not matter which destination the guest chooses as an alternative. Selected hotels, many of them of FTI's own hotel brand MP Hotels, are the focus of the rebooking process. For example, anyone who chooses a selected hotel of the brands LABRANDA Hotels & Resorts, KAIRABA Hotels & Resorts or Lemon & Soul in the alternative destination will receive a 100 Euro rebooking bonus, which will be applied immediately to the new travel price. FTI GROUP (18.6.2020)

+++ 12:00 noon - Ralph Schiller talks to Antenne Düsseldorf about the summer holiday 2020 +++

What tasks does a tour operator have to do to make travels safe this year and what changes holidaymakers can expect? Ralph Schiller explains in an interview with Antenne Düsseldorf. FTI GROUP (18.6.2020)

 

+++ 4:30 p.m. - Luxury and sailing romance exclusively for guests of WINDROSE Finest Travel: from Athens to Venice with the SEA CLOUD II +++

In August 2021, guests of the luxury tour operator can sail through the Aegean and Adriatic Sea on board the legendary windjammer. The exclusive charter runs on a route from Greece via Albania, Italy to Croatia. Exquisite cuisine on board and a selected excursion programme with unique experiences round off the atmospheric sailing trip. Information about the trip on the SEA CLOUD II is available here. WINDROSE Finest Travel (17.06.2020)

+++ 11:20 a.m. - Bulgaria's airports on the Black Sea guarantee a safe start to your holiday +++

The two airports on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, Varna and Burgas, have prepared themselves well for visitors from all over the world, so that holidaymakers can switch into relaxation mode as soon as they arrive. FTI guests can now book a variety of attractive arrangements for holidays on the Black Sea from 27 June on. FTI Product Management South East Europe (17.06.2020)

+++ 4:20 p.m. - Yukon Tourism shows in an amusing way what is waiting for tourists in the Northwest of Canada +++

We are still in a waiting position regarding trips to North America. To shorten the waiting time, Yukon Tourism shows in an entertaining way what it looks like when holiday activities like camping, trail running, canoeing and even gold digging are on hold. Yukon Tourism (16.6.2020)

+++ 11:20 a.m. - sonnenklar.TV live from the LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa on Malta +++

Never before has the "UrlaubsChecker" from sonnenklar.TV been more valuable than in these times to regain security in travel planning: Together with Hotel Manager Roman Kofler, tester Antonija Geyer visits the LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa in Malta, which has been open to guests again since 29 May 2020 and has been officially awarded a seal of approval by the state authorities for its corona measures. How do I have to imagine the check-in, the catering, how to use the pool area? With this video, holidaymakers can convince themselves of the holiday enjoyment on site. sonnenklar.TV (16.6.2020)

+++ 2:20 p.m. - The Bulgaria season starts on 27 June for FTI guests +++

"Bulgaria has very low corona case numbers within the European Union and is therefore a good holiday choice for the summer of 2020," emphasizes Luca Picone Chiodo, Group Head of Destination South East Europe at FTI. "In recent months, the hotels have made thorough preparations, developed hygiene concepts and implemented appropriate protective measures so that guests can enjoy a relaxing and carefree time out". And with the Kids Free Special for selected hotels, families are also saving money. FTI GROUP (15.6.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Napa Valley: Hotspot for foodies and wine lovers +++

Around 800 wineries and an increasing number of top restaurants attract connoisseurs to California, including Napa Valley. "I can especially recommend the small town of Napa. A small but very fine, exclusive city with many boutiques, wineries and museums on the subject of wine," explains Fabio Negro, Group Head of Destination North America at FTI, and emphasizes: "One highlight there is the CIA at Copia, The Culinary Institute of America. It's the food and beverage center in the heart of Napa Valley, described by the New York Times as a "gourmet wonderland. The Visit Napa movie Valley™ shows what a vacation there could look like.  FTI Product Management North America (14.6.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Why not booking a holiday flat this year? Andreas Lambeck explains the advantages on Radio TEDDY +++

Even those who do not want to go to a hotel this year do not have to give up their holidays: Apartments are a popular alternative. The managing director of sonnenklar.TV explains on Radio TEDDY why: "There are dreamlike apartments all over the world, not only in Germany, but also in Southern France and Italy. There one can supply oneself and spend safe holidays outside of the own four walls.” sonnenklar.TV (14.6.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Dubai is ready for holidaymakers from Germany +++

Dubai is looking forward to welcoming holiday guests again soon. Top attractions such as the viewing platforms on the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, or the spectacular aquarium The Lost Chambers on the Palm are already open again. "Our most popular excursion for guests in Dubai is the Desert Safari," explains Elia Gad, Orient expert at FTI. "The fast-paced adventure over the dunes followed by a desert barbecue under the starry sky is also open for bookings - of course all Social Distancing requirements will be respected". Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed also emphasizes that Dubai is ready to get tourism up and running again: "Today we are ready and we announce to the world that life continues, and that 'impossible' is not in our dictionary.” FTI Product Management MiddleEast (13.6.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Tip for music lovers and early birds: Deep insights into American music history with FTI on a round trip through the USA +++

Stops in Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge and New Orleans make the bus tour "Highlights of the South" an acoustic experience of a special kind. Over the course of twelve days, the participants not only experience American country and western music up close, but also discover, for example, the home town of the rock'n'roll legend Elvis. The round trip can be booked from now until the end of March 2022. Travel South USA gives a first impression. FTI Product Management North America (13.6.2020) 

+++ 4:00 p.m. - On Radio TEDDY Andreas Lambeck, managing director of sonnenklar.TV, spoke about free capacities for the summer holiday 2020 +++

"North Sea and Baltic Sea were also in the last years always fully booked, but around the Mediterranean Sea there are still capacities", explains the managing director of sonnenklar.TV on Radio TEDDY and stresses further: "Nevertheless one should concern oneself now with the topic, if it concerns vacation in July or August, because there will be a run on it in the next days.sonnenklar.TV (12.6.2020) 

+++ 10:10 a.m. - Hotels in the U.A.E. are preparing for the forthcoming holidaymakers in different ways +++

Still, wanderlust addicts will have to wait a little longer before they can travel the United Arab Emirates again. But the hotels on site are already preparing intensively for the visit, which will hopefully be back soon. For example the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, a very popular 5-star beach hotel in Ras Al Khaimah from the FTI portfolio, which promises fun, relaxation and enjoyment for young and old alike. In this video, the hotel shows under which safety and hygiene measures guests will be welcomed in the future: FTI Product Management Orient (12.6.2020) 

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Number 2 of the "Safest Beaches Europe" is located in Portugal +++

It is said that until recently, Madonna used to ride here on Sundays along the 20 kilometres of sandy beach of Comporta.  It was voted the second best European beach in terms of social distance by Forbes magazine. Information about the award can be found here.
The region is known for its wild and protected nature, deep blue sea and lush green dunes. And from mid-June 2020, FTI will be offering package tours for German holidaymakers to the Portuguese mainland. FTI GROUP (11.6.2020) 

+++ 10:45 a.m. - Tunisia is "Ready and Safe" +++

Fine sandy Mediterranean beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, picturesque villages, golf courses with a view over the sea: Tunisia is a true holiday all-rounder - and has prepared itself perfectly for its guests. The Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts presents in a video its hygiene protocol for the tourism industry, which covers all the steps taken by holidaymakers from arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in, stay at the hotel and on the beach and excursions. For example, hotels are only occupied with a capacity of 50% in order to guarantee that the minimum distance is maintained at all times. Tunisia Tourist Office (11.6.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Andreas Lambeck, managing director of sonnenklar.TV, on changes to the catering during the holiday +++

On Radio TEDDY, Andreas Lambeck spoke about the advantages he now sees in German hotels for holidaymakers after the corona pandemic. Many hotels are moving away from all-inclusive buffets to more table service, which makes eating together with the family more comfortable.  sonnenklar.TV (10.6.2020)

+++ 12:30 p.m. - FTI GROUP uses A3M Destination Manager from now on +++

The FTI GROUP is the first organiser to integrate the new information tool into its workflow, for example on entry regulations, so that service centres have access to the latest news and changes at all times. "The new A3M tool provides an overview in a constantly changing situation and guarantees that our colleagues in the Service Centers have access to the latest information at any time to advise guests and sales partners", explains Gerhard Draxler, Director Service and Crisis Management at the FTI GROUP. "We were the first tour operator to integrate it into our workflow as early as the beginning of June and therefore feel very well prepared for the coming weeks of gradual resumption of travel operations," continues Draxler. FTI GROUP (10.6.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Holidays will not be more expensive this year: This is what Andreas Lambeck, managing director of sonnenklar.TV, promises on Radio TEDDY +++

Andreas Lambeck spoke in an interview with Radio TEDDY, the children's and family radio station, about the price development of this year's summer holiday and promised: "The holiday will not become more expensive. It will remain stable for all destinations and also for offers in Germany". And here for your listening pleasure: sonnenklar.TV (9.6.2020)

+++ 17:00 hrs - FTI GROUP guarantees return transport of package passengers +++

According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there will be no further, state-run recall action. "We want our guests to be able to enjoy a carefree holiday even in times like these and not have to worry about a possible return flight, for example," explains Ralph Schiller, FTI Group Managing Director, and emphasises: "Should there be further travel warnings - destination-specific or worldwide - we will bring back affected package tour passengers as quickly as possible and, of course, free of charge. Just as we did in March this year, when we brought over 65,000 guests home unscheduled. That is and remains the great advantage of the tour operator trip in the event of a crisis". FTI GROUP (8.6.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Cyprus: from 1 July 2020 again available for FTI guests, children travel free +++

After the lifting of the global travel warning, the borders to Cyprus are also open again for travellers and airlines are starting to operate. FTI has a special offer for fast-moving families. "Parents have faced an enormous challenge in recent weeks: they had to balance childcare and home office. They are now longing all the more for a relaxing holiday", explains Halina Strzyzewska, Group Head of Destination Cyprus and Greece at FTI, and emphasises: "To save money, children can stay free of charge in selected hotels when booking with us by 15 July 2020 at the latest. The special is valid for holidays from 1 July 2020 to 31 October 2021, i.e. also for holidays in the winter season 2020/21 and in the coming summer". The video shows what guests on the Mediterranean island can look forward to  FTI Product Management Cyprus (8.6.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - On the tracks not only of the Bremen Town Musicians +++

Whether Böttcherstraße, Sieben Faulenbrunnen and the Bremen Roland: Germany's smallest federal state has much more to offer than just the four fairytale animals, the Town Musicians. 5vorFlug has compiled the 15 most popular sights on its blog and also provides additional tips for your stay. Since 18 May 2020, holiday apartments, houses and campsites as well as restaurants, zoos and first cultural institutions such as museums have been open again. 5vorFlug (7.6.2020)

+++ 10:20 a.m. - Intensive training, new processes and keeping your distance: The hygiene concept of MP Hotel explained in the video +++

The CLEAN 2.0 hygiene concept of our MP Hotels ensures that holidaymakers have a carefree stay and can concentrate on the essential concerted action: relaxation. In the video we have summarised the most important measures that we have introduced in our hotels in accordance with the respective national regulations for our guests. MP Hotels (7.6.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - The beach of the Greek city of Preveza is the number 1 in social distancing possibilities +++

Forbes magazine, one of the most successful business magazines in the world, has awarded the beach of the city of Preveza in Greece the "European Safest Beach 2020" seal of approval. It is 22 kilometers long, up to 80 meters wide and the longest beach in Europe. The hotels and shops of Preveza will reopen on 1st of July. The FTI GROUP will then also start the 2020 summer season and offer holiday trips to the region. Details about the award can be found here. FTI GROUP (6.6.2020)  

+++ 10:00 am - Give in to the wanderlust: Off to Croatia +++

From 15 June 2020, German holidaymakers will once again be able to enjoy Croatia's diversity to the full. Beautiful coastal towns, clear sea and beautiful beaches, lots of culture, culinary highlights and nature parks are waiting to be discovered. From now on, sonnenklar.TV travel agencies and flight exchanges are also stirring up the desire to travel to Croatia - with their new video. TVG (6.6.2020)  

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Countdown for holidays abroad +++

Following the lifting of the worldwide travel warning, the first step in the selection of a holiday destination will be to focus on Germany's direct neighbours, FTI expert Martin Katz expects: "As several airlines are only gradually resuming their flight operations to classic holiday destinations, those who are determined to make a short-term decision will probably initially increasingly opt for their own journey by car or train. This is also reflected in our booking figures. The coast in the Netherlands, for example, or eastern and southern France are slowly becoming more popular again. And for Austria, too, demand is now rising strongly every day. Especially the classics Tyrol and the Salzburger Land are well booked and, more recently, the Carinthian Lakes", he explains. "We are also noticing that many families in particular are among the short-term bookers." FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (5.6.2020)

+++ 12:00 noon - Vacation? Yes, but where to? Keep the overview with the FTI GROUP where travels are possible +++

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has lifted the worldwide travel warning for 29 countries as of 15 June 2020. From this date, there will be differentiated travel warnings for individual European countries. Those who want to keep track of the situation will find a list of popular holiday destinations with the respective entry requirements in the FTI Blog. The site will of course be updated regularly. FTI GROUP (5.6.2020)

 

+++ 4:20 p.m. - Ralph Schiller explains in an interview with SUPERillu how to book a holiday quickly +++

The managing director of the FTI GROUP spoke with SUPERillu, the largest consumer magazine in East Germany, about attractive booking models, possible destinations for summer holidays and travel price development. The interview, which was conducted as part of the initiative #AufbruchZukunft, can be found here. FTI GROUP (4.6.2020)

+++ 11:30 am - Greece season starts on 1 July 2020 +++

Since yesterday it is official: The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has lifted the worldwide travel warning for Europe and the FTI GROUP has the appropriate offers from 1 July 2020, when the Condor's holiday plane will fly from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart, Berlin-Schönefeld to Kalamata, Kavala, Mykonos, Preveza, Samos, Skiathos, Thira, Volos and Zakynthos, among others. And seven of MP Hotels alone are available to FTI guests thanks to the comprehensive "CLEAN 2.0" hygiene concept. They will also be open for domestic travellers from mid-June 2020: In addition to the LABRANDA Sandy Beach Resort and the KAIRABA Sandy Villas on Corfu, the newly built premium hotel KAIRABA Mythos Palace will provide relaxation. On Kos, guests can look forward to the LABRANDA Marine Aquapark Resort, and Rhodes has LABRANDA Blue Bay, LABRANDA Kiotari Bay and LABRANDA Miraluna Village. FTI GROUP (04.06.2020)

 

+++ 4:30 p.m. - Does vacation make any sense this year? Ralph Schiller answered these and more questions in the morning on Radio PSR +++

"What do you expect on vacation? Rest, finding yourself, that's exactly what will be possible on holiday", emphasises FTI Managing Director Ralph Schiller in an interview with Radio PSR and adds: "There will be changes, but we have already got to know them here at home". And here the complete interview. FTI GROUP (3.6.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - For a carefree holiday: Factsheet on the CLEAN 2.0 hygiene concept from MP Hotels +++

Today, Germany's Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wants to lift the worldwide travel warning and allow travel to 31 European countries again from 15 June. The following applies: compliance with increased hygiene standards is extremely important, even on holiday, which is why we have drawn up the comprehensive CLEAN 2.0 catalogue of measures for our own MP Hotels. We have clearly summarised the most important points of the plan for you, so that you can start a relaxing holiday without worries. MP Hotels (3.6.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Highlights of the new program for the Nile in winter 2020/21 +++

FTI has 28 Nile cruisers in its programme again from the 2020/21 winter season. Five of these will be completely new additions to the fleet, such as the MS Iberotel Crown Emperor. The five-star-superior ship of the Jaz Hotel Group will delight guests with a spacious sun deck and swimming pool for cooling off. "Of course, we also have our particularly popular round trips in our portfolio again, with domestic flights from/to Hurghada, which allow one- or two-day trips to Luxor and Cairo. This winter, our guests will be able to combine a beach holiday on the Red Sea with a cultural holiday," explains Sebastian Wagner, Senior Commercial Manager Egypt at FTI.  FTI GROUP Egypt (2.6.2020)

+++ 10:00 am - All six Center Parcs in Germany are open again and offer a break from home +++

"Under special safety and health measures, which have been tested by SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS, the most important provider in Germany for hygiene controls in the hotel and gastronomy sector, all German parks are open again," explains Martin Katz, responsible for the area of German holidays at FTI, and emphasises: "We also have a re-opening offer with up to 15% discount for new bookings of a weekly stay of up to 10 weeks. It is valid for arrivals until July 17, 2020" Center Parc, which means easy access by car, in the midst of idyllic nature and with a private terrace, guests can enjoy the privacy of their own four walls, but still: a break from home. FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (2.6.2020)

 

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Only one month to go: Countdown for the summer holiday 2020 is running +++

On 1 July 2020, the FTI GROUP will start the 2020 summer season with the first destinations, including Greece, where the first guests will be able to fly to. "Greece is one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans and we are delighted that, as one of the countries less affected by the coronavirus, it will soon be accessible for holidaymakers again," explains Halina Strzyzewska, Group Head of Destination Cyprus and Greece at FTI. Here you can see what awaits those seeking relaxation. FTI GROUP (1.6.2020)

 

+++ 10:45 a.m. - When summer vacation, where to? Ralph Schiller answers this question on Radio 95.5 Charivari - Munich's hit radio +++

The Managing Director of FTI GROUP explains on 95.5 Charivari why Greece will be a well-attended holiday destination this summer season and why holidays this year will be different than before. FTI GROUP (1.6.2020)

+++ 4:15 pm - Imagine Las Vegas just for you +++

The world is changing, Las Vegas is changing: the glittering metropolis wants to reopen its hotels and casinos on June 4, 2020 with strict hygiene requirements and distance rules. This video shows that the city will lose nothing of its fascination. Visit Las Vegas (31.5.2020)

+++ 10:00 am - Samih Sawiris receives honorary citizenship +++

Samih Sawiris, Egyptian entrepreneur and main shareholder of the FTI GROUP, was the first non-Swiss citizen to be granted honorary citizenship by the cantonal parliament of Uri. The District Administrator honoured the FTI shareholder for his services to the economy and tourism of the Canton of Uri due to his extraordinary commitment in Andermatt. The investor expressed his sincere thanks: "I feel very honoured by being awarded honorary citizenship of the Canton of Uri. It confirms me in my decisions and I am looking forward to giving impulses in the future and to making my contribution to the tourism developments of our time".

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Discover a new home together with United Airlines +++

The beach as living room, the campfire as stove or the waterfall as shower. United Airlines gives a little insight into what the home can look like in the future, when we are allowed to travel again. United Airlines (30.5.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Why wander off into the distance when the good is at the Baltic Sea? +++

Natural bays, steep cliffs or gently sloping sandy beaches: the more than 2,000 kilometres long Baltic Sea coast is extremely diverse. If you need a cool down in the hot summer, this is the place to be, because the water is not as warm as, for example, the Mediterranean. And the sonnenklar.TV travel blog reveals the top 13 most beautiful seaside resorts on the Baltic Sea. sonnenklar.tv (30.5.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - In an interview with Radio Arabella, Ralph Schiller answered the following question: What kind of holiday can we look forward to this year? +++

"We are partly staying in the country, but Spain, Greece and Croatia and of course Turkey and Egypt for the autumn are also well booked at the moment," explains the FTI managing director her e onRadio Arabella. FTI GROUP (29.5.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - First MP Hotel opens: the LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa on Malta +++

Today, the first of our more than 70 MP Hotels opens its doors again for guests: The LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa on Malta. After more and more loosening up, we are now slowly and cautiously beginning to resume operations in the other hotels of our own. Of course, all the necessary precautions due to the Corona pandemic will be taken in accordance with our hygiene concept CLEAN 2.0. MP Hotels (29.5.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Breaking News on sonnenklar.TV about the protests of travel agencies in Berlin +++

Yesterday, the largest demonstration of tourism professionals ever took place in Berlin. Representatives of the FTI GROUP were also personally present and took part in the demonstrations to meet the demands of the more than 1,000 travel sellers for immediate financial aid from the federal and state governments. Birgit Aust, managing director of TVG, and sonnenklar.TV presenter Dirk Löbling talked today about the protest action, which was also accompanied by a TV team from sonnenklar.TV. Insights and voices about it can be found here. sonnenklar.TV (28.05.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - "This is the way forward" - Ralph Schiller, Managing Director at FTI, on easing travel bans in Europe +++

The first destination areas, which are very well positioned and prepared, may be visited again soon. Ralph Schiller explains in an interview on 87.9 StarFM which destinations these will be. FTI GROUP (28.5.2020)

 

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Carefree summer vacation? Ralph Schiller, Managing Director at FTI, shows how it works +++

With the campaign "Carefree into the summer – Limited Edition" FTI offers the possibility to secure the desired holiday right now – without prepayment and with financial planning security. How that works in detail, Ralph Schiller explained this morning in the service report of the local radio channel LandesWelle Thuringen: https://www.landeswelle.de/. FTI GROUP (27.05.2020)
 

+++ 11:30 a.m. – FTI GROUP supports today's protest of travel agencies in Berlin +++

These minutes the demonstration starts in front of the capital’s Reichstag. While respecting the Corona security rules, the participants are calling for a rescue fund for package tours as soon as possible, from which, for example, customers' money will be repaid. The FTI GROUP supports the travel agencies and their demands. For this reason, representatives from FTI, TVG and a TV team from sonnenklar.TV will also take part in Berlin. FTI GROUP (27.05.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Legoland Günzburg opens its doors +++

On 30 May, Legoland in Günzburg starts the summer season with stricter hygiene rules. "As the number of visitors will be reduced to a quarter and the campsite will also be closed until further notice, it is important to be quick and get a room in one of the hotels on the site," emphasises Martin Katz, responsible for the Germany Holidays division at FTI. "Especially during the summer holidays of the big federal states the rush will certainly be enormous". FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (26.05.2020)

+++ 2:30 p.m. - "Holidays will be just as different as our entire life situation", explains Ralph Schiller, Managing Director of FTI, this morning at 95.5 Charivari radio station +++

What will holidays look like this year? Which countries can already become this summer? Ralph Schiller gave answers to these questions this morning in the Herold Show, the morning show for Munich on 95.5 Charivari. FTI GROUP (26.05.2020)

 

+++ 11:20 a.m. - Holiday feeling safe and sound with Adel Tawil +++

For all those who can't wait to jump back into the Red Sea and party at the lifestyle hotspot El Gouna, they can now at least acoustically dive into the atmosphere. Already last week Adel Tawil spontaneously took part in the Ramadan Sessions in El Gouna. Enjoy and dive in, from minute 45 he is part of it. And today from noon, 12:00 pm Adel Tawil can also be heard and seen here live from El Gouna. FTI Product Management Egypt (26.05.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Join the Instagram competition now +++

If you want to win great prizes, you can participate in our Instagram competition until the end of the week. Share your best holiday happiness moment with us on Instagram with the hashtags #FTIglückmomente and #FTITouristik. You can win a hotel stay for a week on Fuerteventura or high-quality over-ear headphones from Teufel. You can find all information here. We wish you good luck! FTI Touristik (25.05.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Tips for a city trip to Nuremberg +++

The northern Bavarian metropolis delights visitors with its imperial castle, the medieval craftsmen's courtyard and the mayor's garden on the city wall. The 5vorFlug travel blog presents the highlights of Nuremberg and provides inspiration for the next city trip to Franconia. 5vorFlight (24.05.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Save the Date: sonnenklar.TV with broadcast to the Lower Rhine +++

Beach holiday on the Xanten South Seas, family fun in the Kalkar Wonderland, adventure tour through the climbing forest: The travel channel sonnenklar.TV presents the diversity of the Lower Rhine all day on 5 June. "Holidays at home are in vogue. This was already apparent before the Corona crisis," says Andreas Lambeck, managing director of sonnenklar.TV. "Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria in particular enjoy great popularity. But the Lower Rhine also offers relaxation and fun and should not be forgotten". The region between the Rhine and the Meuse is characterised by wide landscapes, a perfect network of cycle paths and award-winning hiking routes. It's worth switching on! sonnenklar.TV (24.05.2020)

 

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Colorado Springs for explorers +++

Virtual visits to museums from the sofa, live stream concerts in the living room, camping in your own garden - that's what the possible leisure activities currently look like. But the attraction of discovering and experiencing new things does not diminish despite the special circumstances. All dreamers long for adventure and the adventure longs to be discovered. For all globetrotters who need inspiration for their next voyage of discovery, Colorado Springs is in the starting blocks. Our Group Head of Destination North America Fabio Negro recommends: "A rafting boat tour on the Arkansas River is just the thing for those who want to experience something exciting again after a long time at home". Visit COS (23.05.2020)

+++ 10:50 a.m. - Airline association ADV presents new guide for health and hygiene measures +++

What awaits travellers at their first stop on the way to their holiday, the airport? The German Airline Association (ADV) has published a guide with a package of measures that virtually eliminates the risk of a virus infection if air traffic resumes. It envisages opening several check-in counters, reducing the number of seats in waiting areas and using several transfer buses. In addition, airport visitors are required to maintain a safety distance of 1.5 metres and to regularly disinfect their hands. Medical checks such as the installation of thermal imaging cameras or fever measurements are not planned. To read more about the future hygiene measures at German airports, the guide is available here. ADV (23.05.2020)

+++ 3.45 p.m. - Aloha to All +++

Because we are currently unable to visit the lovely little islands of Hawaii, their inhabitants send us a lot of love and strength. Their Aloha stands for more than just hello. Until recently the Hawaiians shared their paradisiacal home with visitors from all over the world, now we are invited to share their Aloha with the world. #ShareAloha. Hawaii Tourism (22.05.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Discover unknown regions of Bavaria during your holiday in Germany +++

Holidays in your own country will be in high demand in 2020. Even away from Germany's most popular holiday regions, the North and Baltic Sea coasts or the Bavarian Alpine foothills, FTI guests can experience a lot on holiday - and book accommodation even during the peak travel season. Martin Katz, who is responsible for FTI's own travel arrangements, recommends: "There is far more to discover in Bavaria than the Alps. One tip, for example, is the Rhön, which is located in the three-state corner of Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia. With a dense network of hiking and cycling trails, paragliding, golf courses and high ropes courses, there are countless options for active people in the region". Further tips on beautiful holiday regions in Germany can be found in the FTI travel blog. FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (22.05.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Summer holiday 2020 on Mallorca - Why not? +++

Hope for all fans of the holiday island Mallorca: The airline Condor wants to fly to the Balearic Islands from Germany again from the end of June, FTI offers the appropriate package tour for this. Manuel Morales, Group Head of Destination Spain at FTI explains the details to the Mallorca newspaper. FTI GROUP (21.05.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - The General Managers of MP Hotels make you want to go on holiday with personal insights +++

Whether you want to soak up the sun on Fuerteventura, drink cocktails on Lanzarote, listen to the sounds of nature on the Turkish Riviera or snorkel in Egypt: the General Managers of our MP Hotels worldwide reveal their very personal favourite moments in their home country under the motto "Imagine your future travel". The video gives you a first taste of the many activities that await holidaymakers in the different countries as soon as travel is possible again. MP Hotels (21.05.2020)

+++ 6:00 p.m. - Breaking News Special broadcasts on the prospect of travelling soon +++

On sonnenklar.TV today Birgit Aust, Managing Director TVG, and Thomas Bösl, Managing Director at rtk, talked to presenter Mary about easing travel restrictions and explained how travel agencies are preparing for the prospect of soon possible holidays for their customers. sonnenklar.TV (20.05.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Happy World Bee Day!

Today is a big day for a small animal: The United Nations has proclaimed May 20th as World Bee Day to remind us of the importance of the bee for mankind. On our roof terrace three bee colonies have had a home for two years. The 150,000 hard-working colleagues from our Flight Department continue to fly despite the Corona crisis. FTI GROUP (20.05.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Discover Croatia's natural beauty +++

Under the motto #CroatiaLongDistanceLove, the Croatian National Tourist Board now invites you to dream away with videos - and hopes to soon be able to welcome holidaymakers back to its beaches, countless islands and nature parks. Croatia Full Of Life (20.05.2020)

 

+++ 3:13 p.m. - Turkey welcomes holidaymakers soon again +++

Domestic air traffic is to be resumed at the end of May, so that from mid-June, aircraft carrying German holidaymakers will be allowed to land again. To enable guests to spend a carefree holiday in Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of Tourism has set up a certification programme for hotels, resorts, restaurants and the transport industry. In addition, the Ministry's hygiene instructions will apply in the future, which include, for example, the installation of thermal imaging cameras at the entrance of hotels to detect guests with elevated body temperature. Ayhan Hicabi, Group Head Destination Turkey at FTI, emphasizes: "The size of many hotels makes a holiday in Turkey relatively safe from the outset: Guests can spread out well in the spacious facilities and maintain the minimum distances without problems". FTI GROUP (19.5.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Green Slovenia for nature lovers and connoisseurs +++

Alpine peaks, green forests, vineyards: the small country between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea invites you to relax in nature. Until we can walk the almost 10,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails ourselves again and enjoy the many delicious delicacies, Feel Slovenia's video offers inspiration. Feel Slovenia (19.5.2020)

+++ 2:10 p.m. - Carefree flying +++

Due to modern air filters, the air on board an aircraft is completely replaced every three minutes. This significantly reduces the risk of virus transmission in the aircraft. Our FTI Flight Trading Managing Director Anja Ruppert emphasises: "According to IATA, the international airline association, the air on board is as clean as in a hospital operating theatre. As long as you adhere to temporary rules, such as wearing a mask on board, you can fly carefree". Further information on this topic can be found here. FTI Flight Trading (18.05.2020)

+++ 10:25 a.m. - "Golden Autumn": Secure your dream holiday until 31 October 2020 now and cancel it free of charge one month in advance if necessary +++

The FTI "Golden Autumn" campaign offers ideal conditions for those planning their holidays after the school holiday period, as the organiser has a special cancellation policy for departures between 1 September and 31 October 2020: free cancellation is possible up to 30 days before arrival. All hotels and destinations of the FTI GROUP portfolio are integrated in the promotion. "With this campaign we are giving support to the organisation. Even now, when the choice is still large, our guests can secure their dream destination and their desired hotel without having to commit themselves completely - up to 30 days before the start of the holiday, the booking can be cancelled without costs", explains FTI Group Managing Director Ralph Schiller. FTI GROUP (18.5.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Portugal with its own hygiene seal +++

For safe travel in times of Corona, the marketing organisation Turismo de Portugal has established a hygiene seal: The "Clean & Safe" label is awarded to accommodation and leisure facilities if they implement the recommendations of the country's Directorate General of Health. This is a first step towards making the country on the Atlantic Ocean ready to take off again as a holiday destination. Until then, the Visit Portugal video invites you to dream of a holiday in Portugal. Visit Portugal (17.5.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Beach holiday at home +++

For many people sun, beach and sea belong to vacation and relaxation. The FTI Blog shows that you don't necessarily have to go far to enjoy it and presents the most beautiful beaches in and around Germany hereFTI Tourism (17.5.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - FTI now offers extensive travel service for holidays from 15 June +++

FTI GROUP guests can now find the latest information and tips on "safe travel" at www.fti-group.com/de/reiseservice. There, for example, the tour operator presents its hygiene concept and presents clear links to the individual airport and airline homepages as well as to the entry regulations of individual destinations. FTI GROUP (16.5.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Carefree summer holiday +++

"Today's couch - tomorrow's wicker beach chair" or "Today's tub - tomorrow's Mediterranean". FTI's funny sayings whet the appetite for a summer holiday in 2020 without any financial risk. You can find inspiration in the matching video. FTI GROUP (16.5.2020)

+++ 3:20 p.m. - CLEAN 2.0: MP Hotels presents a detailed hygiene concept for the reopening of its hotels +++

The CLEAN 2.0 comprehensive action plan was developed in collaboration with Ecolab, an internationally renowned company specialising in industrial cleaning and hygiene services, and Cristal International Standards, a leading hygiene and safety consultancy. Employee training measures to ensure compliance with personal hygiene regulations and new processes and instructions are a key element of the concept. A further focus is on the concrete implementation of the new processes in the various areas of the hotels and the use of new instruments. The new processes extend to all areas of the hotels, from public spaces such as the lobby, elevators, restaurants or spa and fitness areas to guest rooms, the kitchen and the staff lounges, for each of which special, detailed cleaning instructions have been developed and the cleaning cycles condensed. "At the same time it is very important for us that our guests feel comfortable and can relax, because especially after this challenging time, many people long for a carefree holiday", explains Roula Jouny, CEO of MP Hotels and Chief Content Officer of the FTI GROUP. MP Hotels (15.5.2020)

 

+++ 11:00 a.m. - "Carefree Summer - Limited Edition" until 31 August 2020: No down payment, cancellation up to 14 days free of charge and payment only due 14 days before departure +++

FTI Touristik now offers holidays with maximum flexibility in terms of conditions: Guests can now book their long-awaited holiday without having to pay a deposit. Payment is only due 14 days before departure. Cancellation fees do not apply up to 14 days before departure. This promotion applies to destinations such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland with hotel bookings only, as well as for European and selected worldwide flight packages in the FTI portfolio, e.g. to Greece, Cyprus, Portugal or Turkey with departures until 31 August 2020. "We would like to offer our guests who want to travel this summer attractive options and financial planning security", emphasises Ralph Schiller, FTI Group Managing Director, and clarifies: "No down payments and free cancellation option until 14 days before the start of the trip makes the decision per holiday easy". FTI GROUP (15.5.2020)

+++ 5:20 p.m. Madeira - Island of flowers in the Atlantic Ocean +++

Madeira's inhabitants traditionally greet spring with a colourful parade of flowers at the beginning of May as part of the "Festa da Flor", and at the same time display the impressive variety of flowering plants of their island. This year it has been postponed to September due to Corona. This film shows what nature lovers and active people can expect in Madeira and invites you to dream until the actual trip. Visit Madeira (13.05.2020)

+++ 2:15 p.m. - Most beautiful holiday region in Germany +++

You don't always have to travel abroad to experience a few great beach days or discover spectacular natural treasures. The country in the "heart of Europe" has fascinating travel regions and holiday destinations to offer in almost all directions. The editors have compiled a selection on the FTI Blog here. FTI GROUP (13.5.2020)

+++ 10:20 a.m. - World Expo in Dubai will take place from 1.10.2021 +++

Due to Corona the Expo in Dubai had to be postponed this year. The Emirates have now announced the new opening date, October 1, 2021 - the pavilions can be visited daily until March 31, 2022 "The World Expo will certainly be very exciting again, we are pleased that a new date has now been announced for Dubai," says FTI's Orientation Expert Elia Gad. "As FTI GROUP, we will also offer packages for 2021, so that guests can integrate the Expo into their holiday in the best possible way. Almost 70 percent of our hotel portfolio in the Emirates is already bookable for 2021 - those who decide early still have a wide selection to choose from. FTI Product Management Middle East (13.05.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Cancel free of charge at FTI and secure FTI GROUP holiday credit and FTI GROUP cash over 200 € +++

Our tour operator FTI offers the possibility of cancelling all direct debit bookings with departures between 15 June and 31 July 2020 for source market Germany free of charge if the customer chooses the FTI GROUP holiday credit in the amount of the payment already made. The cancellation must be made up to ten days before departure. The advantage for the customer is that the tour operator upgrades the FTI GROUP holiday credit including the FTI GROUP cash over 200 € for the next new booking. Excluded are Datamixx trips, package tours bundled with scheduled or dynamic flights, flight only bookings, bookings with tickets or cruises. FTI Touristik (12.05.2020)

+++ 2:50 p.m. - Mauritius - heaven on earth +++

"First, Mauritius was created, then paradise. But the paradise was only a copy of Mauritius", said Mark Twain when he travelled the island in the year 1896. The video of Mauritius Tourism shows how heavenly beautiful the island state in the Indian Ocean is and what awaits the vacationers there. Mauritius Tourism (12.05.2020)

+++ 10:15 a.m. - Leipzig's top sights in the 5vorFlug travel blog +++

As of 15 May, hotels in Saxony are allowed to open again. In line with this, we are presenting the top 11 sights in and around Leipzig on the 5vorFlug travel blog in preparation for a city trip. Here you can find the tips. 5vorFlug (12.05.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - FTI extends deadline for free rebooking +++

The tour operator brand FTI is now offering rebooking to a later date for trips with departures up to 31st of July. The rebooking must be made at least ten days before departure. Excluded from this rule are, for example, Datamixx trips, package tours bundled with scheduled or dynamic flights, flight-only bookings, bookings with tickets or cruises. The rebooking can only be made for a travel date with the latest return journey by 30 April 2021. Further details are available from the travel agency and the Service Center. FTI Tourism (11.05.2020)

 

+++ 11:30 a.m. - Background interview with Martin Katz, Group Head of Destination Self Drive and Citybreaks FTI +++

How is the FTI GROUP positioned in terms of holidays in Germany? Is there enough capacity for the onslaught of German holidaymakers this year? What are the upcoming trends? Martin Katz, who is responsible for the FTI GROUP's Car Destinations and Germany Holidays division, answers these questions in a background interview here. FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (11.5.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - Explore Tunisia +++

Wellness, hiking and desert experiences: The diverse way Tunisia has been and will be again, shows the film of Discover Tunisia: Discover Tunisia (10.5.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - Holiday on Mallorca +++

According to Thomas Bareiß, tourism commissioner of the federal government, a holiday on the Balearic Islands could be possible this summer. We also look forward to flying our guests to Mallorca again. You can watch a video to get in the mood here FTI GROUP (10.5.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Official hotel audits in the lifestyle holiday destination El Gouna in Egypt +++

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism will audit hotels in El Gouna next week together with three internationally renowned independent service providers. A questionnaire was drawn up to subsequently check on site whether the legal regulations and hygiene rules were being implemented satisfactorily. The audited hotels may open for the national market in the following weeks. FTI GROUP (9.5.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Ahoy holiday dreams +++

Even though it is not yet known when it will be possible to set sail again, the demand for cruises is relatively high," emphasizes Birgit Aust, Managing Director TVG. This may also be due to the fact that round trips by ship can be booked particularly long in advance. Those who still need a few ideas for their holiday planning will find incentives in the new video from TVG travel agencies: TVG (9.5.2020)

+++ 2:20 p.m. - FTI GROUP says thank you! +++

"More than 50 percent of our guests whose bookings had to be cancelled due to the travel warning of the German Federal Government accept the FTI GROUP holiday credit together with the FTI Group cash in the amount of 200 Euro", explains Ralph Schiller FTI Group Managing Director. "We would like to thank you very much for your loyalty and we are looking forward to making our guests' dream holiday come true again soon". FTI GROUP (8.5.2020)

+++ 11:15 am - Time to stay home and dream of Slovenia +++

Under the motto #stayhome and #traveltomorrow, the Slovenian Tourist Office shows what travellers can look forward to during their next holiday. Feel Slovenia (8.5.2020)

 

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Travel industry expects high occupancy rate in Germany +++

With the recent easing of restrictions in this country, demand for holidays in Germany is also increasing significantly. Bottlenecks cannot therefore be ruled out in popular regions during the holiday season. Holiday flats and hotels on the German coasts and in the Alpine foothills have also been largely fully booked in the summer holidays in recent years, and reduced capacities - in order to accommodate fewer guests in the hotel and more space for the spacing rules - are now further exacerbating the situation. "However, we expect that in 2020 many accommodations will benefit from this, which are located in regions that have been less in demand up to now. We are deliberately supporting this by currently training travel agencies, for example, on the many attractions and sights in these areas so that they can advise customers accordingly," explains Martin Katz, who is responsible for the Car Destinations and City Holidays division at the FTI GROUP. "In addition, we have been expecting a high wave of demand not only since the announcement of the relaxation measures and have prepared ourselves in the best possible way over the past few weeks for the momentum that is now beginning. It was advantageous that we had already significantly expanded our portfolio for holidays in Germany before Corona, had increased our teams accordingly and thus had very close, personal contact with all our hotel partners. We can therefore offer our customers a wide range of choices in all regions in all hotel categories and for every type of holiday. FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (7.5.2020)

+++ 3:00 pm - Cleanliness and hygiene at Etihad Airways +++

A strong partner of the FTI GROUP is Etihad Airways. The safety of the passengers is also a top priority for the airline. The video shows how their teams work tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of hygiene on board, so that guests can fly with confidence. For example, not only the passenger cabin, but also the baggage compartment and transfer buses are cleaned and disinfected. Etihad Airways (7.5.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Ralph Schiller FTI Group Managing Director and Board Member at DRV for medium-sized tour operators makes a statement on the travel security fund +++

After the voucher solution failed politically, Ralph Schiller comments on the proposal of a travel rescue fund in an article in the Rundschau des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The video is available in the media library, the statement from minute 17:30 on. FTI GROUP (7.5.2020)

 

+++ 5:30 p.m.- Natural wonder of the north +++

Hiking in the nature, relaxing between mountains and sea and wonderful wide panoramas: Scandinavia promises pure deceleration for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether round trips, a city visit or a cruise - the countries Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland invite you to spectacular experiences at FTI. The new video from TVG travel agencies provides a foretaste. TVG (06.05.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - Canary Islands ease lockdown rules +++

Canary Islands expert at FTI Annika Vierrether on the current status of the loosening taht already done on El Hierro and La Gomera: "We are clearly seeing a positive development on these Canary Islands: There, for the first time in Spain, shops and smaller markets as well as restaurants and cafés are allowed to open outdoors again. And there is also a clear statement about travel: within the country, it will probably be permitted from 22 June. Then perhaps airports could already open for foreign travellers". FTI GROUP Productmanagement Canary Islands (6.5.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - #ReadPortugal - Portuguese authors make you want to go to the country at the Atlantic Ocean +++

"They say that in Portugal, every citizen writes at least one poem once in his or her life," says Portugal expert at FTI Sainey Sawaneh. "This is one of the reasons why literature is as varied as the country itself". This is also shown in the video of the Visit Portugal tourist office. The video quotes José Saramago, Portuguese novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Because even if you can't travel Portugal at the moment, you can "choose" it.

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Breaking News with Gerhard Draxler, Director Crisis Management at FTI +++

The FTI GROUP crisis manager was again on air at sonnenklar.TV today and gave information about holiday credits and the 200 Euro FTI GROUP Cash. He also answered live questions from guests.

+++ 11:00 a.m. - VisitPeru shows guests at home impressively what awaits them +++

South America expert at FTI Paul Heimo has some advice for globetrotters who currently have to stay at home: "With #PeruVonZuhause the third largest country in South America shows what guests can look forward to in their next holiday and inspires them to plan a trip there." FTI Productmanagement Latinamerica (05.05.2020) 

+++ 5:00 p.m. - sonnenklar.TV offers free travel accident insurance +++

The travel shopping channel is now integrating travel accident insurance for all bookings from 11 May 2020. "We are pleased that we have put together a package with our partner HanseMerkur that protects our viewers from imponderables when booking a holiday, so that they and their family are financially provided for in the event of an accident," explains CEO Andreas Lambeck. In the event of an accident, the three-month campaign applies to all trips booked via sonnenklar.TV worldwide and is valid for the entire holiday. Should guests have an accident during their holiday stay, for example, leading to permanent impairment, HanseMerkur will pay benefits of up to 20,000 euros. It also assumes costs for rescue and rescue operations of up to EUR 5,000 following a surfboard, skiing or hiking accident. sonnenklar.TV (4.5.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Summer 2021: Almost 40 percent of the FTI portfolio bookable +++

FTI makes a large part of the offers from future catalogues available in the common booking systems as early as never before. In the package tour sector, these include, for example, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany or worldwide city breaks. In total, almost 40 percent of the portfolio for the 2021 summer season is already available. FTI GROUP (04.05.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Expert explains on sonnenklar.TV: That's why travel is important for the economy +++

"There are almost four times as many people employed in tourism as in the car industry": Michael Buller, board member of the Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (Association for Internet Travel Sales), confirms with many figures (VIR), proves in an interview with sonnenklar.TV how strongly the travel industry influences the German economy. There are over 10,000 travel agencies and more than 3,000 tour operators in Germany. In addition, the expert vividly explained how tourism works and what complex processes take place behind the scenes. sonnenklar.TV (03.05.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Increased demand for summer holidays in campers +++

In times of Corona, more and more customers are thinking about a holiday in their own country and how they can still spend it relaxed with "social distancing". The FTI GROUP is currently noticing an increased demand for motorhomes from its German guests. "The rolling apartment offers several advantages at once", explains Oliver Albrecht, who is division manager at FTI Wheels: "Above all, couples or families who want to explore nature while maintaining the necessary distance to other holidaymakers are flexible in the camper and can individually arrange their day, and are also not dependent on restaurants for meals". In Germany, FTI cooperates with renowned providers such as McRent and rent easy, which each have up to 15 different vehicle models in their portfolio and have a nationwide network of stations. For example, a family camper can be booked for as little as 85 euros per day when rented from 30 September 2020.  "Also popular are the vehicles of the Weinsberg company, which our partner Apollo offers. Currently, these can only be rented from Hamburg, but there are five different categories available", says Albrecht. All offers are already available until October of next year - at www.fti.de, by telephone on 089/ 71045 1498 or at the travel agency. Product Camper (03.05.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Andalusia: Spain from one of the most beautiful sides +++
When travellers will be able to visit Spain, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, is still in question. Andalusia is certainly one of the most attractive regions on the Spanish mainland, as the video of the TVG travel agencies shows. TVG (02.05.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Personal visit at sonnenklar.TV travel agencies +++

Since April 20, most sonnenklar.TV travel agencies have been keeping their shops open again after the authorities relaxed their regulations. As a result, customers can once again visit their favourite travel consultant in person. Nevertheless, the TVG boss of the franchise company, Birgit Aust, recommends that customers first contact her by email or telephone: "Of course many colleagues are on short-time work, but we still want to be there for our guests. That's why we have installed appointment scheduling facilities on the websites of the relevant travel agencies". This can prevent customers from standing in front of closed doors at a travel agency. "Nevertheless, all our travel agencies can be reached during the day - whether by e-mail, telephone or in person," says Aust. TVG (02.05.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Egypt: Experiencing history made easy +++
From a relaxed Nile cruise, an authentic carriage ride to a colourful visit to a market: the Tourist Office will show you just how varied immersion in the culture and history of a country can be. "Already Winston Churchill and Princess Diana spent much time on the Nile as lovers of Egypt. And Agatha Christie wrote her thriller "Death on the Nile" there. So why not go on holiday and follow famous trails," stresses Elia Gad, Group Head of Destination Egypt at FTI. Here are a few impressions in the video. FTI Product Management Egypt(01.05.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - sonnenklar.TV extends free cancellation option for trips until autumn 2021 +++

Whether you are travelling to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates or on your own: sonnenklar.TV offers guests who want to plan their holiday despite Corona free cancellation options on selected trips up to 30 days before departure at the latest. The TV channel has now refined its "Booking without risk" package even further: from now on, bookings made before departure on 31 October 2021 can be cancelled free of charge until 30 September 2020. In addition to destinations in Germany on the Moselle or in the Bavarian Forest, sonnenklar.TV also offers stays at popular MP Hotels: This includes an eight-day stay at LABRANDA Les Dunes d'Or in Agadir with all-inclusive meals and a royal package. More info at  https://www.sonnenklar.tv/opening.html  sonnenklar.TV (01.05.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - FTI GROUP cancels travel until 14 June 2020 +++

As a precautionary measure, the tour operator will cancel all tours of FTI Touristik, 5vorFlug, BigXtra and LAL Sprachreisen with departures up to and including 14 June 2020 for the German source market. This does not apply to bookings with departures to Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands from 16 May to 14 June 2020 inclusive. The reason for this is that possible bilateral agreements with the above-mentioned countries can be expected to allow entry and holiday stays before 14 June 2020. However, should guests wish to actively register and cancel or rebook, they can do so free of charge. FTI GROUP (30.04.2020)

 

+++ 12:00 noon - VIR board member Michael Buller will be guest on sonnenklar.TV tomorrow +++

The Germans made over 150 million holiday trips last year. But few guests are aware of the complex processes behind a package tour. Michael Buller, Board Member of the Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR), will be on sonnenklar.TV tomorrow, Thursday, 30 April, starting at 2 pm, to explain to viewers how tourism works - and what challenges the entire industry is currently facing. Buller will also talk about the tasks of VIR and its cooperation with institutions such as consumer protection associations and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Justice. sonnenklar.TV (29.04.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - U.A.E., Travel Inspiration with WOW Effect +++

Before Corona, the United Arab Emirates had developed into one of the hotspots for holidaymakers for the 2020 season. Now the EXPO in Dubai is expected to be postponed until 2021. As soon as travel to the Orient is possible again, not only the World Expo will inspire with news, as construction is still going on in the U.A.E. with great enthusiasm. Numerous hotel openings and new attractions will await visitors. To whet the appetite, TVG travel agencies are capturing some of the most beautiful impressions of the Emirates on video.  TVG (28.04.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - FTI GROUP-Cash redeemable in 33 popular holiday countries +++

Guests whose trip with arrival between 13.03.2020 and 15.05.2020 had to be cancelled due to the Corona crisis will receive the FTI GROUP holiday credit in the amount of their payments already made plus the FTI GROUP cash of 200 euros per booking. On the tour operator's website details are now published about the possible uses of the FTI GROUP-Cash, which can be redeemed in 33 holiday countries: https://www.fti-group.com/de/group-cash FTI GROUP (28.04.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Holiday paradise Canary Islands just a click away +++ 

The local government of the Canary Islands, with the support of a scientific committee, is currently drawing up an alternative plan to return to normality and tourism earlier than mainland Spain. Until this happens again, holidaymakers can dream of the Canary Islands on video. TVG (27.04.2020)

+++ 12:00 noon - THE BERLIN off Gibraltar +++

The flagship of FTI Cruises currently lies off Gibraltar with about 180 crew members on board. All on board are healthy and well. Until DIE BERLIN is allowed to sail again, the crew takes care of minor maintenance work and self-sufficiency. A small animation program, which is based on the offers that the guests usually enjoy, also provides for variety. FTI Cruises (27.04.2020) 

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Because good things are so close +++

From the Baltic Sea to the Alps, from the lively metropolis to the lonely experience of nature: TVG takes tomorrow's globetrotters on video to discover Germany's many facets. TVG (26.04.2020) 

+++ 10:45 a.m. - Explore the vastness of New Zealand with the FTI camper and motorhome offers +++

For those who want to travel with a lot of distance and privacy, FTI offers exciting experiences in New Zealand. Families, couples and explorers can book a holiday by camper or motorhome with a lot of lead time until March 2021 and remain completely private during the trip. Because the vastness of New Zealand offers many breathtaking natural areas where you will not meet a soul except for a few animal contemporaries. Thanks to the comfortable equipment of the motorhomes, all fellow travellers will not lack for anything and the surroundings can be explored in a relaxed manner. FTI Product Management Oceania (26.04.2020)

+++ 15:00 p.m. - Big Five up close and safari camps under the starry sky +++

In this "Today's Dreamer - Tomorrow's Globetrotter Video" the TVG invites you to a safari adventure in southern Africa. Until the next trip can take place, people dream of the sight of herds of elephants and zebras, the unique starry sky above the camps and the magnificent dunes. TVG (25.04.2020)
 

+++ 11:00 a.m. - Holiday credit brings advantages for travellers and travel agencies +++

In the FAQs, FTI GROUP guests whose trips had to be cancelled in the period from 16.3. to 15.5.2020 will find all information on the subject of payments and the further procedure and now also a separate section on FTI GROP holiday credit. "Whoever chooses the holiday credit will also automatically receive the FTI GROUP cash in the amount of 200 Euro - and thus supports his local travel agency at the same time. On the one hand, the new booking must be made through the same travel agency, on the other hand, the commission remains with the agency," explains FTI Group Managing Director Ralph Schiller. FTI GROUP (25.04.2020) 

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Dreaming away to the "land of blue eternity" +++

A video to dream away - the peninsula Bodrum with its thousands of bays and islets surrounded by bright blue sea is a real holiday paradise. "In this country, the region on the Aegean coast is still an insider tip for a relaxed trip to Turkey," says Hicabi Ayhan, Group Head of Destination Turkey at FTI. "Everyone can find their favourite secluded bay there - if one is already occupied, the captain simply drops the anchor at the next one." FTI Product Management Turkey (24.04.2020)

+++ 1:00 p.m. FTI GROUP cancels all trips up to and including 15 May 2020 +++

Due to the worldwide situation and the current assessment of the German government regarding holiday planning, the FTI GROUP is again adjusting its regulation. Therefore in Germany all trips of FTI Touristik, 5vorFlug, BigXtra and LAL Sprachreisen with departures up to and including 15 May 2020 are cancelled as a precautionary measure. Guests will be contacted directly and do not have to take any action. Guests whose holidays can unfortunately no longer take place will receive all information about the cancellation, their FTI holiday credit plus the FTI-GROUP cash worth 200 euros as well as possible refunds in writing in the coming days. FTI GROUP (24.04.2020)

+++ 11:45 a.m. - First positive holiday balance at sonnenklar.TV +++

Shortly after the start of the holiday campaign "Opening 20/21 After Corona", sonnenklar.TV records more bookings than it had in a long time. "People at home don't just want to dream of  foreign countries, they also want to plan their holidays. And we offer them carefree guarantees such as free cancellation options up to 30 days before departure," says sonnenklar.TV managing director Andreas Lambeck. sonnenklar.TV (24.04.2020)

+++ 5:50 p.m. - FTI GROUP crisis manager again live on sonnenklar.TV +++

FTI GROUP crisis manager Gerhard Draxler answered questions from guests and viewers live on sonnenklar.TV today and talked for example about cancellation of trips in May and the FTI GROUP holiday credit for cancelled trips. The video shows all questions and answers again. sonnenklar.TV (23.4.2020)

+++ 3:40 p.m. - FTI Touristik: Cancellation of trips in May free of charge plus FTI holiday credit +++

Guests can cancel their already booked holidays with the tour operator brand FTI Touristik with departure between 16 and 31 May 2020 without additional costs if they opt for the FTI GROUP holiday credit. In addition, they will receive FTI GROUP cash worth 200 euros. The FTI GROUP-Cash can be redeemed in selected destinations for numerous services - such as additional hotel services or excursions. "We would like to give our guests the choice of cancelling their trip already now without additional costs in order to have clarity in this challenging situation," explains Ralph Schiller, Group Managing Director at FTI. He adds: "By opting for the holiday credit, they are also supporting their travel agency, with whom new bookings must be made at a later date". FTI Touristik (23.04.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - Exotic Thailand at your home +++

Thailand is one of the favourite long-distance destinations of holidaymakers from Europe. The multifaceted holiday paradise with fine beaches, countless cultural offerings and exciting cuisine can now be brought into your living room. In their campaign "Today dreamers, tomorrow globetrotters" the travel agencies of TVG summarize the beauties of Thailand in a video. TVG (23.04.2020)

+++ 6:15 p.m. - Austria as a trend destination in the self-drive segment +++

The Alpine republic is not only popular as a winter destination for German holidaymakers, but also for a holiday in summer, people seeking relaxation are drawn to the mountains or lakes of Germany's neighbouring country. At FTI, Austria was already a trend destination for self-drive holidays even before Corona - often for holidays of one or two weeks' stay - and the portfolio was gradually expanded. Martin Katz, who is responsible for the FTI GROUP's self drive destinations and city breaks, explains: "We already have a wide range of hotels around the Carinthian lakes, for example, in our portfolio. There you can combine relaxation and activities such as cycling in a wonderful way and enjoy the many culinary delights of the region". As an additional service, Katz gives a hint: "As for almost all our offers in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, guests travelling to Austria can also cancel free of charge up to 14 days before arrival, which of course gives security especially in these times". FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (22.4.2020)

+++ 12:30 p.m. - FTI GROUP cancels trips up to and including 3 May 2020 +++

Following the warning of the German Foreign Ministry against unnecessary tourist trips until at least 3 May 2020, the FTI GROUP is also suspending its travel programme until this date. The tour operator is actively contacting travel agencies and customers. In the coming days, affected guests will receive a letter with information regarding the cancellation of their trip, their FTI holiday credit plus FTI GROUP cash in the amount of of 200 euros per booking or the possibility of a refund of their payments. FTI GROUP (22.04.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. – Picture book exotic to create even more holiday mood +++

As long as travelling to fine postcard beaches is not yet possible, the only thing left is to dream about it. The Maldives are perfectly suited for this, as the video of the TVG travel agencies from the campaign "Today a Dreamer - Tomorrow a Globetrotter" shows with great impressions. Especially in the spectacular underwater world of the atolls you can literally dive completely away from everyday life. TVG (22.04.2020)

+++ 5:40 p.m. – Risk-free travel offers at sonnenklar.TV until late autumn +++

For those seeking relaxation, sonnenklar.TV has many holiday offers without any risk in its programme with departure until 31 October 2020. They can be cancelled free of charge until 30 days before the start of the journey. In addition to self-drive tours to the Moselle or the Bavarian Forest in the summer, sonnenklar.TV has also put together packages for the autumn to Greece, Malta, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and the Orient, including popular MP Hotels in best beach locations. Highlights include the KAIRABA Mirbat Resort in Salalah and the LABRANDA Blue Bay Resort on Rhodes. "With attractive booking options without risk, we want to make people look forward to their next trip - especially now in uncertain times, when holidays are only possible on the balcony or in the garden at most", explains sonnenklar.TV managing director Andreas Lambeck. Further infos on www.sonnenklar.tv/opening. sonnenklar.TV (21.04.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - LAL Sprachreisen now offers online courses +++

Since it is not possible to make a language trip at the moment, experte LAL is creating new online courses for participants aged 16 and older, so that teachers can be visited virtually in the classrooms on site. Spanish is now available through the LAL language school in Madrid and Italian through the LAL language school in Trieste. English will also be available this week through the LAL language school in Malta, French will follow soon. Details at www.lal.de/onlinekurse. LAL Sprachreisen (21.04.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - FAQs for all guests with cancelled trips +++

The FTI GROUP offers guests for all cancelled departures from 16.3. to 30.4.2020 a holiday credit in the amount of their payments with validity until 31.12.2021 and additionally a FTI GROUP cash in the amount of 200 Euro. From now on, guests of the tour operator group will find all important questions regarding holiday credit, FTI GROUP-Cash and possible refunds in the FAQs. FTI GROUP (20.04.2020). 

+++ 10:00 a.m. - A fancy morning shower, a large private pool and an atmospheric bedtime story +++

What Egypt, the country at the Red Sea, has to offer, shows the video of the Egyptian tourist office. "Our secret tip is Taba Heights. Guests can expect a modern marina, wide sandy beaches, the backdrop of the Sinai Mountains on the horizon and plenty of room for activities," emphasizes Elia Gad, Group Head of Destination Egypt at FTI. Because even in times like these, dreaming of trips to oriental countries is expressly permitted. FTI Product Management Egypt (20.04.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Venetian flair in front of spectacular scenery: Travel inspiration Montenegro +++

Ein Ziel für Trendsetter und Naturliebhaber, denn Montenegro kombiniert schicke Hotels, pittoreske Orte – Kotor sogar mit UNESCO-Welterbe-Titel – und einmalige Naturschauspiele. Die Bucht von Kotor an der Adriaküste ist nur eines der Highlights. Unser Ferien-Welten-Video (ver)führt in die trendige Urlaubswelt. TVG (19.4.2020)

+++ 10:45 a.m. - Harry Wijnvoord opens new holiday season next Tuesday at sonnenklar.TV +++

Next Tuesday, April 21st, the TV station will launch an "Opening 20/21 After Corona" campaign to promote travel after the crisis. Prominent ambassador is Harry Wijnvoord, who is now planning his holiday in Taba Heights with his partner Iris, originally planned for the end of April, for the autumn. "The grey November seems ideal to escape to the sunny holiday destination on the Red Sea", explains the cult presenter confidently and will give a preview of the upcoming trip to Egypt in the sonnenklar.TV studio from 10 a.m. sonnenklar.TV (19.4.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Travel planning 2020: FTI GROUP develops innovative ideas to get back on track step by step and quickly after the crisis +++

When will travel be possible again? This question cannot yet be answered these days. The FTI GROUP management is already working on innovative ideas to combine holiday and infection protection. For example, there is the consideration to occupy hotels with only half as many guests as possible in order to be able to keep minimum distance rules in public areas or at the pool without any problems. FTI GROUP Management (18.04.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Impressions of 5,000 years of history along the upper Nile valley +++    

Magnificent, millennia-old palaces of kings, gods and pharaohs can be admired during a Nile cruise. The excursion program includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temples of Hatshepsut, Luxor and Karnak. The TVG shows in its Holiday World Video what an excursion along Egypt's lifeline between Luxor and Aswan has to offer beyond that. TVG (18.4.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Travel to the Caribbean with pop star Claudia Jung +++

One year from now, on April 17, 2021, a "Schlagernacht" with many stars will take place in the Dominican Republic, where sonnenklar.TV viewers can be part of the action. With every booking, guests even do something good, because 50 Euros per person will be donated to the Fly & Help foundation, which is committed to building schools in developing countries. Guests of the trip can expect turquoise sea, finest white sandy beaches and a varied landscape with tropical rainforests. Reiner Meutsch, founder of Fly & Help, will present his project and the Caribbean trip on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 11.15 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on sonnenklar.TV. Claudia Jung, one of the stars of Schlagernacht, will also be a guest in the studio via Skype. sonnenklar.TV (17.4.2020)

+++ 2:30 p.m.- Free digital version available: WINDROSE lifestyle and travel magazine invites you to dream away +++

Finest Travel - Behind the Scenes combines exciting reports for explorers, inspiration for the next dream holidays and hand-picked tips from the WINDROSE travel designers. Travellers can read the current edition digitally, because "if you are not curious, you will not learn anything" (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). WINDROSE Finest Travel (17.04.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Dreaming allowed: Germans' favourite island makes you dream of your next holidays +++

Currently Germans can only dream of a trip to their favourite holiday island Mallorca. Therefore, the Island Council has presented a campaign under the motto #SeeYouSoonMallorca. The campaign focuses on sights and places that make a holiday on Mallorca unique. Manuel Morales from the FTI GROUP Product Management Spain also has a special tip: "From my point of view, the coolest bar is Palma's Ginbo Bar. They serve the best gin cocktails in whole Spain, which are only prepared with local ingredients from Mallorca. A must-do on your next Mallorca holiday".  FTI Product Management Spain (17.4.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Places in the sun with generous cancellation period +++

Because many sun-seekers are unsure when they can plan their beach holidays due to the current situation, sonnenklar.TV makes attractive offers with a carefree guarantee: Guests can cancel bookings of selected package tours to the Turkish Riviera, the Red Sea or Fuerteventura free of charge up to 30 days before departure. It does not matter whether the dream trip takes place this year or not until 2021. However, those interested should be quick: This offer is only valid for bookings made before 20th April. More information here. sonnenklar.TV (16.4.2020)

 

+++ 10:30 a.m. - TVG inspires travel agency partners and holidaymakers to dream and stroll around the world +++

Under the motto "Now a dreamer - later a globetrotter", TVG Reiselustige uses short video clips to get in the mood for the time after Corona and presents dream holiday destinations. The start is made by Greece. TVG (16.4.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. Travel agencies in the home office still accessible for customers +++

Like many colleagues, the owner of the sonnenklar.TV travel agency in Saarbrücken works from home. Nevertheless, Christian Burkhart can still be reached by his guests: "Many customers have questions about their holiday, want to change their booking. Where that goes, we do that too", he says in an interview with sonnenklar.TV presenter "Goofy" Förster.  In addition, the holiday expert reveals why he believes that Germans will remain "travel world champions" even after the Corona crisis. sonnenklar.TV (15.4.2020)

 

+++ 3:00 p.m. - MP Hotels prepares for reopening of the individual hotels +++

The Quality Department of FTI GROUP's own hotel group is already working flat out on manuals for all hotel departments. These manuals define global hygiene standards such as the placement of disinfectant dispensers in public areas, increased ventilation in the rooms, distances between sun beds or tables in the restaurants. The basis for this is of course the WHO guidelines, among others. MP Hotels (15.4.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - FTI whets the appetite for winter holidays with "Maximum distance today, be free tomorrow with FTI" and other funny sayings +++

With a creative campaign, the tour operator is arousing anticipation for the winter holidays and playing with terms that are currently shaping everyday life: quarantine, balconies or curfew. In combination with inspiring holiday pictures, they whet the appetite for the most beautiful days of the year. And a video is also available here. FTI GROUP (15.4.2020)

+++ 6:00 p.m. – FTI GROUP customers with cancelled trips until 30 April receive holiday credit plus 200 Euro "FTI GROUP Cash" +++

Within the next 14 days, the FTI GROUP will send a cancellation confirmation by mail to all guests whose trips with arrival between 16 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 had to be cancelled by us due to the Corona crisis. Enclosed they will receive their FTI GROUP holiday credit in the amount of the payment already made, plus an additional FTI GROUP cash of 200 Euro. If the e-mail addresses of the affected guests are available, they will receive the cancellation confirmation directly and their holiday credit and the FTI GROUP cash voucher within 14 days. The holiday credit can be used for all FTI GROUP tour operators (FTI Touristik, BigXtra, 5vorFlug, FTI Cruises, LAL Sprachreisen) It can be redeemed at the booking office of the original travel booking (e.g. travel agency or online portal). The FTI GROUP cash valid for 200 euros can be used once when redeeming the FTI holiday credit as a flight package in selected destinations for numerous services on site, such as excursions. FTI GROUP (14.04.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - Don't just dream: classic winter destinations are trendy for long-term bookings +++

Travel is a basic need for many people, probably especially after a long period of time in their own four walls. "In the last four weeks, the demand for holidays has risen continuously from a basic level. Bookings are mainly made for the long term: For the travel period from November 2020 to March 2021, our guests are asking not only for classic winter destinations such as Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but also frequently for long-haul destinations à la Cuba and the Dominican Republic," explains Richard Brodrecht, Chief Commercial Officer at FTI, adding: "This development clearly shows that people are no longer just dreaming, but are also planning, booking and enjoying the anticipation of their next holiday. FTI GROUP (14.4.2020)

+++ 1:00 p.m. - Spring in the Lüneburg Heath +++

"Nature conservation on four legs - The shepherd and his heathens": The documentary, which was on sonnenklar.TV last weekend, is now also available here. The documentary provides a glimpse into the everyday life of shepherd Carl Kuhlmann, whose flock performs an unusual task in the midst of the wonderful heath landscape. At the same time the film also conveys historical and interesting facts about the unique nature park. sonnenklar.TV (14.4.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. – Large all-year-round offer for Slovenia bookable +++

The FTI product team has already made a wide selection of hotel and wellness offers in Slovenia especially for autumn and winter bookable for the region of South East Europe and is continuously expanding the portfolio. Vanessa Killer, Senior Commercial Manager for Slovenia, notes: "Thanks to its many thermal springs, the country is also ideal for a holiday later in the year, so you can easily postpone your trip until later". FTI Product South East Europe (13.4.2020)

+++ 10:00 am – Rebooking is a trend at FTI +++

Many guests do not want to miss out on their holiday, which should start shortly, and rebook for a later date in the year. Richard Brodrecht, Chief Commercial Officer at FTI is satisfied: "We are pleased that more and more FTI GROUP guests are postponing their trip. We can clearly see that most of them are remaining true to their original holiday destination and are simply postponing the travel period to autumn this year, for example. This shows us that Germans want to and will continue to travel to their favourite destinations, just as they did before Corona. A decisive factor when choosing a holiday destination is basically whether you can travel there without worries and relax just as carefree on site". FTI GROUP (13.4.2020)

+++ Happy Easter Greetings +++

Enjoy your holidays wherever you are. Or as we say in German:

+++ 9:00 a.m. – Easter hotspot: Malta, also worth the trip later in the year +++

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not only in Rome among the most important holidays of the year - also in the deeply catholic Malta these holidays are celebrated with parades and festivities, some of which have a tradition of 300 years. Due to the corona virus the biggest spectacle in Senglea is cancelled this year. But Malta is also worth a visit later in the year, as the video of VisitMalta shows. FTI Productmanagement Malta (12.4.2020)

+++ 4:50 p.m. – Tours of the FTI GROUP luxury tour operator WINDROSE Finest Travel bookable until early summer 2021 +++

Even luxury lovers can already make their travel wishes concrete by early summer 2021. WINDROSE Finest Travel has made its individual and group travel programme bookable until 30 June 2021 and continues to create holiday trips of the highest standard for its guests. WINDROSE Finest Travel (11.4.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. – At home and still far away: Travel inspiration Abu Dhabi +++

As long as we still have to stay at home, we dream of holidays: Abu Dhabi with its many facets was one of the trendsetting destinations before Corona. Fine beaches, noble hotels, impressive attractions, nature between desert and mangroves and the rich cultural offer - a mixture of 1,001 nights and international sights - enchant visitors. Find out more in the video of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi. FTI Product Management Orient (11.4.2020) 

+++ 4:00 p.m. – Experts always available at the travel agency +++

The longer the exit restrictions apply in Germany, the greater the longing for travel. If you want to make the most of the time now: Even if the shops themselves are closed, travel agencies can be reached by phone or e-mail. sonnenklar.TV travel agencies, for example, will soon even offer video chats on their websites. And the travel professionals are on duty for their customers around the clock - they use the current situation to train themselves even more intensively on the holiday destinations and to be able to advise with up-to-date information and tips. TVG (10.4.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. – DRV president Norbert Fiebig in an interview with sonnenklar.TV – part 3 +++

In the last part of the interview with Nobert Fiebig, the DRV president gives a forecast for the time after Corona. He is convinced that the desire to travel worldwide will increase again, as the need for holidays is all the greater. "We then hope that the guests will then break down the doors of the travel agencies, because the tour operators have secured the contingents anyway," says Fiebig. The head of the German Travel Association also does not believe that there could be any bottlenecks in the offers. sonnenklar.TV (10.4.2020)

+++ 5 p.m. - Greece fans pay attention. Destination expert from FTI gives valuable advice +++

Our Greece expert Kyriakos Vardakos has a tip for all lovers of the Greek islands who are worried whether they can still visit their favourite destination this year: "The island of Rhodes, for example, is still a pleasant bathing destination even in October. During the summer, the water temperature heats up to over 20 degrees and reaches its peak in early autumn. The many sunny days also ensure mild to summery air temperatures. But not only bathing vacationers get their money's worth. Rhodes also scores with its varied nature and exciting culture. A visit to the historical ruins of the Acropolis near Lindos is a must for holidaymakers interested in architecture and history. So it is worthwhile to plan your holiday in Greece for the autumn". Kyriakos Vardakos, Senior Commercial Manager Greece. FTI GROUP (9.4.2020)

+++ 12:00 p.m. - #PostponeDontCancel +++

Under the motto "Those who love travel are postponing", the tourism industry is currently campaigning not to cancel planned holidays but to postpone them to a later date. We want to give the solidarity campaign initiated by the DRV and DTV our face and make it more personal. To this end, our colleagues from various departments have taken a photo of themselves and provided it with a personal message.
And here is our first result. FTI GROUP (9.4.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - DRV president Norbert Fiebig in an interview with sonnenklar.TV - Part 2 +++

DRV President Norbert Fiebig was recently a guest at the sonnenklar.TV studio via video link. In the second part of the interview he talks to TVG Managing Director Birgit Aust about the role of tourism in politics, the importance of holiday vouchers and how important it is for the industry that consumers also show solidarity. sonnenklar.TV (9.4.2020)

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Colleagues of the FTI GROUP stick together in these difficult times and support each other +++

Göran Giegler, Managing Director in our Service Center, explains: "With over 272,000 telephone calls and 200,000 e-mails in recent weeks, the volume of customer enquiries is currently extremely high. In order to support us in dealing with the many enquiries and individual concerns, colleagues from various departments of the FTI GROUP have offered their help. In the past weeks we have carefully trained them for the most diverse customer questions and can process our guests inquiries more quickly and professionally" erf24 (8.4.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - DRV president Norbert Fiebig in an interview with sonnenklar.TV - part 1 +++

The travel industry is facing major challenges following the worldwide travel warning of 17 March. In an interview with sonnenklar.TV, DRV President Norbert Fiebig explains how the German Travel Association is reacting to this and how it intends to get the tourism infrastructure through the crisis. The head of the TVG travel agencies, Birgit Aust, also has her say. Both of them also address holiday guests about what they can do if they have already booked a trip. sonnenklar.TV (8.4.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Good news for people seeking relaxation who are not only dreaming but also want to book their next holiday +++

For the 2020/21 winter season, FTI has made the majority of destinations on short- and medium-haul routes bookable for departures by 30 April 2021. Coveted sunny destinations and popular hideaways are now available. In the package tour segment, these include Egypt, Turkey, the Orient with the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean. "Early birds have the advantage that they can choose without restriction between all offers and room categories. This allows them to secure rooms in the desired category at their favourite hotel in the desired destination," says Richard Brodrecht, Chief Commercial Officer at FTI. FTI GROUP (8.4.2020)

+++ 4:50 p.m. - A look behind the scenes of the FTI GROUP customer service +++

"What about my booking? Does the trip take place? I would like to cancel my trip. Is it free of charge?"
We have compiled the most frequently asked questions of our customers. Mario Leinhos, Managing Director of our service centres, answers them and gives insights into what has been going on there so far. erf24 (7.4.2020)

+++ 1:00 p.m. - Innovative and exclusive: Hotel opening live at sonnenklar.TV +++

Creative ideas are in demand more than ever. That's why the Mintrops Concierge Hotel in Essen has limited its opening ceremony, which was initially planned with numerous guests, to a minimum number of participants and has unceremoniously moved it to television. sonnenklar.TV viewers can watch Ulli Potofski live "On the road in someone else's bed" from 3 p.m. today and take a closer look at the accommodation with the holiday reporter. Thanks to digital check-in and -out, its own kitchens and state-of-the-art technical equipment, the hotel with 52 apartments is geared towards a stay without contacts and currently offers at least business travellers a perfect overnight accommodation option. sonnenklar.TV (7.4.2020)

+++ 4:00 p.m. - A big thank you to all employees worldwide +++

"Now that our major retrieval campaign has been successfully completed, I would like to thank, on behalf of the management of the FTI GROUP, all employees worldwide who have worked with great commitment and passion to ensure that our guests have now arrived safely at home. Thanks to your support, we have been able to return over 65,000 holidaymakers to their home countries within two weeks". Dietmar Gunz, FTI GROUP founder and Managing Director. FTI GROUP (6.4.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. Pictures of the repatriation operations in the Orient +++

The FTI GROUP has made unscheduled flights for over 500 of its guests from the Orient. One of the planes took off from Ras al Khaimah to fly them to Frankfurt. Impressions of the atmosphere at the airport can be found here. FTI GROUP (6.4.2020)

 

+++ 3:00 p.m. - sonnenklar.TV with more theme specials in its program +++

Despite the Corona crisis, sonnenklar.TV's managing director Andreas Lambeck remains positive: "We are now increasingly showing longer themed programmes as well as travel documentaries that are informative and invite viewers to dream in these difficult times. Next Tuesday, 7 April, the holiday experts Mary Amiri and Goofy Förster will devote themselves to Oman in a special at 11:15 a.m., and at 3 p.m. Mark Rasch will present the versatility of Egypt. sonnenklar.TV (5.4.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Ulli Potofski postpones holiday +++

The sports presenter and moderator had actually planned a holiday in Montenegro with his family. But he also says: Those who love travelling, push and they enjoy their anticipation until then and comment on life at home. FTI GROUP  (5.4.2020)

+++ 3:50 p.m. - After the home office the cedar forests of Cyprus are already waiting +++

The FTI Cyprus product team is already busy planning the winter season 2020/21 for its guests and has a tip for everyone who is looking for exercise in nature after the home office phase: "Thanks to its mild climate, varied topography and unique flora, Cyprus is perfect for hiking enthusiasts all year round. Highlights include the cedar forests of the up to 2,000-metre-high Troodos Mountains and the rare wildflowers of the Akamas Peninsula. A particularly impressive contrast is provided by the Cap Greco in the southeast with its impressive rock formations. It is an ideal destination for active holidaymakers who look forward to sporting activities and fresh air after having restricted access and a home office". FTI Product Management Cyprus (4.4.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m. - sonnenklar.TV inspires for the next holidays +++

"To travel is to live," said Hans Christian Andersen. Our holiday channel takes this to heart and inspires dreams even in difficult times like these. With entertaining themed programmes, travel documentaries and dreamlike images, sonnenklar.TV takes viewers on a journey to the most beautiful destinations on our planet and creates inspiration for their next holiday. sonnenklar.TV (4.4.2020)

 

+++ 5:30 p.m. Gerhard Draxler, crisis manager of the FTI GROUP, appeals to customers to leave their contact details when booking +++

In the latest video Gerhard Draxler explains how important mobile phone number and e-mail address can be in case of a crisis. FTI GROUP crisis management (3.4.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. FTI strengthens self drive segment +++

Even before the crisis, FTI had already expanded its range of services in the area of self-drive and, due to the current situation, continues to adhere to its expansion strategy. Martin Katz, Group Head of Destination Self Drive & City Breaks at FTI: "We expect that especially tourism in Germany and self drive holidays to neighbouring countries will be in high demand again after the Corona crisis. We are  therefore intensively preparing ourselves by maintaining close contact with our contractual partners in all regions, so that we can then be present with an extensive portfolio of offers. This presence also includes our new focus for holidays in Germany on the travel channel sonnenklar.TV. The TV channel provides guests and viewers with special programmes and a significantly expanded range of offers in its programme". FTI Product Management Self Drive & City Breaks (3.4.2020)

+++ 12:30 p.m. - FTI GROUP sets the course for the future with a large financing package for the next twelve months +++

After the successful completion of an unprecedented repatriation operation, the FTI GROUP is now looking ahead. Dietmar Gunz, FTI Group Managing Director, explains: "In parallel to our internal measures in all divisions, we are now prepared for the challenges with a sustainable and long-term financing package, mainly thanks to the financial support of a federal and state guarantee and the accompanying bank UniCredit.
Ralph Schiller, FTI Group Managing Director, adds: "On behalf of the entire management and all our employees, we would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in our company. However, the situation in tourism remains challenging and we remain dependent on the daily decisions outside our sphere of influence. However, we will now focus all our energies on staying fit and providing our customers and agency partners with a large and varied holiday selection full of attractive offers for the period after the end of April". FTI GROUP Management (3.4.2020)

+++ 4:45 p.m. - Egypt product team at FTI working at full speed +++

Sebastian Wagner, Senior Commercial Manager Egypt at FTI, explains: "At the moment we are working flat out to make trips completely bookable for the winter season 2020/21 and the summer season 2021. We want to offer our guests - for their long-term planning - the widest possible choice already now. In addition, we had one of the largest return trips on the Red Sea, with 22,000 guests. We are currently working on this, are pleased about the many thank-you letters from holidaymakers and are taking care of the new bookings, which are already being received for November and December." FTI Product Management Egypt (2.4.2020)

+++ 2:20 p.m. - Good news for people who want to plan their holidays far away +++

For the winter season 2020/21, FTI has activated the majority of long-haul destinations for departures by 31st of March 2021: These include USA, Canada and the Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil, to name a few destinations. And also the rental car fleet of driveFTI is already almost completely bookable. FTI GROUP (2.4.2020)

+++ 11:15 a.m. - Producer of "Wettern dass....?" replans Easter holidays +++

Only last year Holm Dressler staged the return of the former "Traumschiff" doctor Horst Naumann to the MS Berlin. He liked his stay on board so much that he decided to go on a small Mediterranean cruise with his wife at Easter. Corona crossed their plans, but: If you love to travel, postpone. Now the Dresslers are looking forward to make up for the cruise in autumn. #verschiebdeineReise FTI Cruises (2.4.2020) 

+++ 4:30 p.m. - MP Hotels reports: Guests on Fuerteventura happy with their emergency accommodation +++

More than just an emergency accommodation: Guests from Belgium who were stranded on Lanzarote were accommodated by their embassy in the MP Hotel Caleta Dorada on the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, which they reached by boat transfer. From Fuerteventura they could finally start their flight home. They were so enthusiastic about their stay in their "emergency accommodation" that they want to come back soon for their holidays. MP Hotels (1.4.2020)

+++ 12:15 noon - We can only dream about travelling at the moment +++

Currently we all staying at home, but our social media team provides you for example on Instagram daily with wonderful photos from different countries around the world as well as your favorite vacation pictures. A lot of inspiration for your next holiday. FTI Social Media Team (1.4.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. - Harry Wijnvoord postpones trip to holiday paradise Taba Heights +++

If you love to travel, postpone: Under this motto, cult presenter Harry Wijnvoord and partner Iris Dahlke still keep their plans for their next holiday trip. Having only recently moved together in one apartment, the celebrity couple in love is still looking forward to their flight to the Egyptian holiday destination Taba Heights. #VerschiebDeineReise  FTI GROUP (1.4.2020)

+++ 5.45 p.m. – Breaking news on sonnenklar.TV +++

Gerhard Draxler, Crisis Manager of the FTI GROUP, describes the current situation and ventures a look into the future, as bookings are currently being made. sonnenklar.TV (31.3.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. – Positive perspective for Salalah, South Oman +++

In a few weeks the season 2019/20 in Salalah will come to a regular ending. The new season will then start again in autumn. For the winter season 2020/21 the FTI GROUP has already made more than 40 hotels bookable. Furthermore, to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the next holiday, the Sultanate has taken far-reaching measures against Corona. Waleed Gouda from Meeting Point Oman says: "Air traffic has currently been suspended, shops and malls have closed, restaurants are only allowed to deliver. Everyone in the country is strictly adhering to the regulations so that the numbers will remain as low as they have been and hopefully fall rapidly. We are optimistic and look forward to the new winter season 2020/21." Meeting Point Oman (31.03.2020)

+++ 3:40 p.m. – Gerhard Draxler answered questions on sonnenklar.TV +++

The crisis manager of the FTI GROUP was once again live on television today to answer questions from the many guests who had contacted the sonnenklar.TV social media team. sonnenklar.TV (31.3.2020)

+++ 12:45 p.m. – sonnenklar.TV travel agencies still available +++

"Travel agencies are particularly affected by the Corona crisis," says TVG boss Birgit Aust. "In Germany, they have currently had to close down by order, but of course customers can still reach them by phone, e-mail or via their websites. So anyone who nowadays values this personal advice from person to person and wants to thank them for the service should rebook their planned trip: If you love to travel, postpone. #VerschiebDeineReise" TVG (31.03.2020)

+++ 10:30 a.m. – Update: This is the situation in Egypt +++

Yasser Fattah, COO at Meeting Point Egypt, explains: "The Egyptian government has taken far-reaching measures to combat the virus: Authorities, cafes, clubs and restaurants have closed for 14 days. There will be a night-time curfew for everyone from 7 p.m.. All Egyptians show understanding for this and help to defeat Corona in Egypt, so that we can welcome our guests here again as soon as possible". Meeting Point Egypt (31.03.2020)

+++ 5:30 p.m. - Great willingness to help in Malta +++

The small Mediterranean country Malta is also making its contribution in the fight against Corona. Locally, people help each other wherever possible. Many hotels on the islands support the health system, including the LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa: "We have donated 55 single beds including mattresses to the hospital 'Mater Dei', as well as a large number of shower caps for the medical staff," confirms Roman Kofler, CEO MP Hotels Malta. "This was a matter of course for us. Now it is important to stand together and be there for each other as a society". MP Hotels (30.03.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. FTI GROUP crisis manager Gerhard Draxler reports from the headquarters in Munich about the last days +++

A lot happened last weekend as well: With full charters to Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates, among others, all FTI guests were brought home. FTI GROUP crisis management (30.03.2020) 

+++ 12:30 p.m. - Update: FTI GROUP completes large-scale repatriation operations +++

The tour operator brought over 65,000 guests back home unscheduled within two weeks. The crisis management team worked together with the local agencies 24/7 and was able to fly out the last holidaymakers yesterday. FTI GROUP crisis management (30.03.2020) 

+++ 10:20 a.m. - Thomas Martin, COO Meeting Point Spain tells a lovely anecdote that happened on Tenerife during the repatriation operations +++

"An elderly lady, travelling alone, called us and said she didn't need a return flight. She fell madly in love with a Canario and will now stay in Tenerife." Meeting Point Spain (30.03.2020)

+++ 2:45 p.m. - Organisation of the repatriation operations from the Canary Islands +++

Thomas Martin, COO Meeting Point Spain, tells how the return from the Canary Islands took place and what adversities his tour guides had to struggle with. Meeting Point Spain (29.03.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - Donation from LABRANDA Tahona Garden +++

The MP Hotel on Fuerteventura supported the Spanish military in their fight against Corona. On request for donations in the form of medical articles or food, the hotel spontaneously gave what was there: among other things gloves, 100 protective masks, fruit and vegetables, milk and pasta. MP Hotels (29.03.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - Unscheduled return of 22,000 Egypt vacationers +++

One of the main people responsible for the retrieval from the Red Sea country is Yasser Fattah, COO of Meeting Point Egypt. He describes by telephone how the organization in Egypt went and how all guests were brought home safely. Meeting Point Egypt (28.03.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - The last Orient vacationers start their journey home +++

In these minutes the last machine with FTI GROUP guests takes off in Ras al Khaimah. It will land on schedule at 7:10 p.m. in Frankfurt. FTI GROUP Crisis Management (28.03.2020) 

+++ 5:50 p.m. - FTI GROUP brings back the last guests from the destinations on weekends +++

Today in the Breaking News: Anja Ruppert, Director Aviation FTI GROUP, reports how she and her team are working to fly out all holidaymakers from the destinations. sonnenklar.TV (27.03.2020)
 

+++ 5:00 p.m. - Plane from Dubai has taken off +++

Around 5:50 p.m. local time the first of two machines started this weekend with FTI GROUP guests from the U.A.E.. It is expected in Munich at around 11:40 p.m.. FTI GROUP crisis management (27.03.2020)

+++ 3:30 p.m. - Crisis manager Gerhard Draxler in today's Breaking News on sonnenklar.TV +++

He gives information about the current status of the FTI GROUP's repatriation action and asks all guests for patience and understanding. sonnenklar.TV (27.03.2020)

 

+++ 12:30 p.m. – MP Hotels accommodates doctors, nurses and soldiers +++

Fighting corona virus, the FTI GROUP helps wherever possible. With immediate effect, the company's own hotel group MP Hotels is making two of its hotels on the Canary Islands available -free of charge- to medical and military personnel. The helpers can thus recover close to the scene of the operation and their family members are protected at home. MP Hotels (27.03.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - All guests from Mauritius and Panama flown out +++

"Oh, how beautiful is Panama" people say - nevertheless we were able to fly all FTI GROUP guests home yesterday. Also from Mauritus the last plane left yesterday for home. FTI GROUP Crisis Management (27.03.2020) 
 

5:50 p.m. - Soon 65,000 FTI GROUP guests brought home

FTI GROUP Crisis Manager Gerhard Draxler explains the work of his team in the current video and notes on the retrieval action: "We have now brought almost all our guests home - by the end of the week there will be around 65,000 unscheduled home travellers. FTI Crisis Management (26.03.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. – Salalah holidaymakers on the flight home +++

The FTI GROUP brings all its guests back from Oman. A plane with the holiday guests is currently en route and is expected in Frankfurt in the afternoon. FTI Group Management (26.03.2020)

+++ 2:30 p.m. - Crisis manager Gerhard Draxler answers questions from FTI GROUP guests +++

In the sonnenklar.TV studio Gerhard Draxler answered to questions of viewers and guests of the travel shopping channel at noon today. sonnenklar.TV (26.03.2020)

+++ 12:30 pm - FTI GROUP advises: postpone your holiday instead of cancelling +++

Anyone who postpones their holiday to a later date instead of cancelling it now helps hosts, travel agencies and providers to get back on track immediately when the current situation eases. The FTI GROUP is at the side of its guests - now and in the time after Coronavirus. FTI GROUP Management (26.03.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. - All FTI GROUP guests returned from the Dominican Republic +++

In the early morning the plane from Punta Cana landed in Frankfurt. This means that all FTI GROUP guests from the Caribbean island are back home. FTI GROUP Crisis Management (26.03.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - FTI guests home in time before the closure of all Spanish hotels +++

Yesterday, the FTI GROUP brought the last guests home from Spain and thus reacted just in time: By order of the local government, all Spanish hotels are closed as of today. In the affected MP Hotels, the time of forced closure is being used intensively. To be on the safe side, the hotel group will thoroughly disinfect all facilities – and then, as far as logistically possible, carry out renovation work. MP Hotels Spain (25.03.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - Fully occupied machine from Havana brings FTI GROUP guests home +++

About one hour ago, FTI holidaymakers from Cuba landed in Frankfurt. In the afternoon, guests from the Dominican Republic will start their return flight. FTI crisis management (25.03.2020)

+++ 10:00 a.m. FTI GROUP guests from several Caribbean islands back home +++

From the smaller Caribbean islands such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Curacao and Jamaica the FTI GROUP was able to bring back all guests until yesterday. In the evening, a fully loaded plane also took off from Havana with destination Frankfurt. FTI Crisis Management (25.03.2020)

+++ 5:50 p.m. - 6,000 FTI GROUP guests from the Canary Islands back home +++

FTI GROUP Crisis Manager Gerhard Draxler gives information about the status of the return flight in the current video: Currently the last holidaymakers from the Canary Islands are on their way home. This evening, a fully loaded plane takes off from Havana to Germany. FTI Crisis Management (24.03.2020)

+++ 4:15 p.m. - Free rebooking possibility of trips with FTI Touristik extended +++

Guests, who booked a holiday at FTI Touristik, with departures between 1 April and 30 June 2020 can now postpone their holidays until winter season 2020/21 free of charge. Further information hereFTI Trademarketing (24.03.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - FTI GROUP crisis manager answers questions on TV +++

Today our crisis manager Gerhard Draxler again answered questions from viewers of the travel channel sonnenklar.TV regarding their holidays and the ongoing retrieval flights. sonnenklar.TV (24.3.2020)

+++ 12:50 p.m. - FTI GROUP cancels trips until 30 April 2020 +++

The FTI GROUP reacted again to the new assessment of the German Foreign Office and is therefore cancelling holidays with departures until 30 April. Further information hereFTI GROUP Management (24.03.2020)

+++ 10:15 a.m. - Holidaymakers from Fuerteventura return home today +++

Today in the early afternoon, our return flight takes off from Fuerteventura to Düsseldorf and brings the last approx. 100 FTI GROUP guests from the Canary Islands back home. FTI crisis management (24.03.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. - FTI guests from Gambia back in Germany +++

In these minutes our Gambia guests are about to land in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf respectively. Together with the German Foreign Office the special machines for the return transport could be provided.  FTI Crisis Management (23.03.2020)

+++ 2:30 p.m. - 15,000 FTI guests from Egypt alone returned at the weekend +++

In the current video, Gerhard Draxler, Director Crisis Management at FTI, gives an update on the situation in Egypt: During the weekend, the FTI GROUP brought 15,000 additional FTI holidaymakers back home. The last plane from Hurghada will leave this evening and fly the last of the total approx. 22,000 guests to Germany. FTI Crisis Management (23.03.2020)

+++ 1:00 p.m. - Holidaymakers from Spain and Portugal back home +++

The FTI GROUP brought back all its approximately 2,000 guests from the Spanish mainland, the Balearic Islands, Portugal and Madeira. In addition to regular flights, also special flights were used. FTI Crisis Management (23.03.2020)

+++ 10:40 a.m. - FTI GROUP crisis manager asks holidaymakers for cooperation +++

Gerhard Draxler, Director Crisis Management at FTI: "We ask all customers who are still abroad to be ready, switch on their mobile phones and check their e-mails regularly, so that they can react quickly for the return journey if necessary. We also ask our guests to inform the tour guide before boarding a government plane for the return flight. This is the only way we can currently keep the overview about how many guests are still in the destinations. FTI Crisis Management (23.03.2020)

+++ 5:15 p.m. - Repatriation effort of the Foreign Office in Germany +++

Stranded Germans abroad must register on the website www.rueckholprogramm.de. This is the central registration for the repatriation operations of the Foreign Office. Even if holidaymakers are already registered in the crisis prevention list ELEFAND, they should enter all their data here. FTI Crisis Management (22.03.2020)

+++ 4:15 p.m. - Return flights for FTI GROUP holidaymakers in the Canary Islands +++

FTI GROUP sent four charter flights to the Canary Islands today to bring their guests home. The last of these planes leaves Gran Carania shortly before 8.00 p.m. in the evening. FTI Crisis Management (22.03.2020)

+++10:15 a.m. - Travel agencies: Mutual support +++

Birgit Aust, Managing Director TVG, reports on the current situation for travel agencies: We are not getting tired of praising the great service of our travel agencies during these challenging times. They show great dedication - without any profit at all - and are available for their customers almost 24/7. Customers can return support by rebooking instead of cancelling. TVG (22.03.2020)

+++ 2:45 p.m. - Last flight from Antalya leaves at 4:00 p.m. for Germany. All guests flown out +++

Around 11,000 Turkey guests of the FTI GROUP were brought back home from their holidays during the last five days. sonnenklar.TV external reporter Hatice Özdemir reports directly from the Turkish Riviera about the joint return operation and about the current situation in the destination. sonnenklar.TV (21.03.2020)

+++ 10:45 a.m. - Countless FTI GROUP employees are on duty at the headquarter and in the destinations also during the weekend +++

Colleagues worldwide are tirelessly ensuring that our guests in the holiday destinations can travel home safe. FTI GROUP Management (21.03.2020)

+++ 7:15 p.m. - Airplane from Tunisia with FTI guests on the way home +++

In these minutes, a plane will take off from Tunis (Tunisia) to Düsseldorf and bring  back home the last FTI guests from mainland Tunesia. FTI Crisis Management (20.03.2020)

+++ 5:15 p.m. - FTI GROUP crisis manager gives update  on the current situation on sonnenklar.TV +++

Gerhard Draxler, Director Crisis Management at FTI, provides information on the status of the recall. All FTI guests from Egypt should be back home by Sunday. FTI Crisis Management (20.03.2020)

+++ 4:45 p.m. - Crisis prevention list helpful for stranded holidaymakers +++

sonnenklar.TV presenter Mark Rasch was on holiday in Thailand before he had to return to Germany early due to the Corona crisis. In the video he explains exactly how the entry in the elefand list of the Federal Foreign Office works. sonnenklar.TV (20.3.2020)

 

+++ 1:00 pm - 500 FTI guests from Thailand rebookd +++

Also from Thailand FTI guests are returning home. 500 guests were rebooked on new flights to start their return journey. FTI Crisis Management (20.03.2020)

+++ 11:30 a.m. - FTI GROUP brings 91-year-old world traveller home +++

The planned world tour of a 91-year-old FTI guest from Berlin ended at his first stop, Auckland. He was refused permission to continue his journey to the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and the Easter Islands. With joint forces the FTI GROUP team was able to contact him - although he has no e-mail address or mobile phone -  and organised his journey home for tomorrow. FTI Product Management Oceania (20.03.2020)

+++ 10:10 am - FTI GROUP brings all guests back home from Morocco +++

We brought back more than 2,000 FTI guests to Germany from Morocco. Several special machines have been in operation over the past few days to take them back. The last 60 German FTI guests travelling from Agadir landed safely in Düsseldorf last night. FTI Crisis Management (20.03.2020)

+++ 6:00 pm - Over 18,000 calls per day +++

The FTI Service Centers are available for customers and travel agencies daily from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs and are available for questions and support. Yesterday alone we made 18,332 telephone calls. In addition, there were 13,714 e-mails which we answered yesterday. FTI Service Center (19.3.2020)

+++ 4:30 p.m. – Free reebooking of exising holiday bookings +++

In this challenging situation we would like to offer our guests the greatest possible security for existing bookings. Therefore, booked holidays with FTI Touristik with departures between April 1 and June 30, 2020 can be rebooked to a later date free of charge until June 30, 2020 - but at the latest 10 days before departure. FTI GROUP Management (19.03.2020)

+++ 3:00 p.m. - Return from Turkey +++

Almost 8,000 FTI guests have already been brought back home from Turkey. Around 3,000 more will be able to fly home today and tomorrow. FTI crisis management (19.3.2020)

+++ 12:45 p.m. - FTI GROUP's Director Crisis Management answered questions at sonnenklar.TV +++

 - 19.3.2020: Gerhard Draxler, Director Crisis Management at FTI, gave an interview at sonnenklar.TV and answered questions from viewers about travel and holidays in times of the coronavirus. sonnenklar.TV

+++ 12:00 noon - More than 74,000 letters to clients +++

FTI GROUP has sent out more than 74,000 letters regarding the impact of the coronavirus on the travel industry to inform guests about changes in entry regulations, among other things. FTI Service Center (19.3.2020)

+++ 11:00 a.m - More than 1,000 FTI guests were brought back from Malta +++

Yesterday afternoon the last of our more than 1,000 guests in Malta landed in Frankfurt and then returned home. Our agency Meeting Point Malta took care of  the guests until their departure. FTI Crisis Management (19.3.2020)

+++ 6:00 p.m. - 4,300 guests flew home from Egypt today +++

Today we have brought back 4,300 guests from Egypt to Germany. All FTI guests have been informed and were gradually transferred from the hotels to the airport by our agency Meeting Point Egypt. FTI Crisis Management (18.3.2020)

+++ 2:00 p.m. - Return flights from Egypt are safe +++

Yasser Fattah, COO of Meeting Point Egypt, confirms: Although airports in Egypt will be closed for passenger flights as of tomorrow, there are special permits for the departure of tourists. All FTI guests can travel home within the next days. Meeting Point Egypt (18.3.2020)

+++ 12:00 noon - Return from Morocco +++

In order to bring FTI guests home from Morocco, we use two special aircrafts today in addition to regular flights to Germany. The first addition already took off at 9:00 a.m. fully occupied, the second will take off in these minutes.FTI Crisis Management (18.3.2020)