the Closure of the Danish-German border has really put its mark on the west jutland tourist towns, which greatly live of just the guests from Germany.
Both in Blåvand and Henne has several shop owners taken the consequences of the lack of tourists. They have closed their shops temporarily and trying on the way to ride out the storm.
Only half of the German tourists who had arrived to Blaavand Saturday, reached over the border, before the boom went down.
the Main street in Blåvand also bears the stamp of that only half of the German tourists managed to get over the border before the boom went down. Photo: Christer Holte
Right now is the prices of renting a holiday home low because of the sæssonen. But it changes in a few weeks.
this week, there are usually about 400 rentals of holiday homes in Blaavand. But in the weeks around easter are we talking about 2000 leases per. week - and at high prices. It comes really to do economic harm if these leases will disappear, says Finn Christensen, who is director of the Feriekompagniet in Blaavand.
the Director does not hide the fact that the crisis is so tough that he expects redundancies at the company.
- I have already said to my staff, that we can't avoid layoffs. The crisis here gives an almighty slap in the face, says Finn Christensen.
Director Finn Christensen heralds layoffs. He hopes that in the long term to come anything good out of the crisis. Photo: Christer Holte
All seven holiday-rental companies in Blaavand has these days awesome busy. On the one hand they deal with the many cancellations, and partly presses sommerhusejerne also. Their private economy is the booklet up to the cottage will be rented out often and for the highest price possible.
- There is no doubt that we are all going to feel it here economically. We do not have problems with liquidity and has no plans for layoffs, says Regina Sorensen, who is manager of the rental company Esmark in Blaavand.
She hopes that many danes want to rent the holiday cottages at easter, as the germans now cancel.
- I think everyone in the industry is working to come up with some good udlejningstilbud of the passover, which is the high season for us, says Regina Smith.
the Manager Regina Sorensen makes clear to a number of knaldtilbud in the passover, now as a number of holiday homes suddenly become available. Photo: Christer Holte
Feriehusudlejernes trade Association estimates that grænselukningen forward to 13. april will cost a billion dollars in revenue. At the same time will be 1200 jobs disappear.
- In the long term, it may be that the crisis here can reach out to our advantage. We can hope that the tourists will seek to go where there are proper conditions, no corona and terror, says Finn Christensen.
Also the tourist Along is hard hit by the crisis.
the café owner Lars Sigaard beats of the moment arms out.
- See you around. There are no people on the street. Four shops are already closed until further notice. And more to follow soon after. 75-80 percent of our revenue comes from the German tourists, says caféejeren.
Lars Siggaard go as the café owner the hard times of the meeting. Photo: Christer Holte
Right now it goes - but for easter ends it all in an economic disaster, he says.
Easter is the best time of year for us. 30 percent of the entire year, the turnover is here. For one reason or another ask the people never about the price, when they buy at easter. I don't know why. I own the cafe here together with my wife. We are in danger of to go financially down, if this lasts more than half a year, " says Lars Sigaard.
Photo: Christer Holte
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Per Godballe and Lena Hejsel from Aarup on Funen should actually have been to Dubai this week. But the trip was cancelled at the last moment because of smittefaren with coronaviruses.
Lena Hejsel and Per Godballe with the young Mie and Kalle. Photo: Christer Holte
- So now we have ended up in Henne, where we have borrowed a cottage. We had promised the kids a trip. And it is done so here. But it is perfectly fine to be in the cottage. We get lots of fresh air and come home some days. At home there is always one or another that needs to be done. Therefore, it was important for us to get out of the house, says Per Godballe.
In the stroller is a big canister with håndsprit, so hygiene can be kept in the top.
the City is good enough extinct. But it is fine enough for us, says the pair.
Photo: Christer Holte