The decree for these regulations is overdue, however, the respect for the industry and the employees require it to be implemented as quickly as possible. When asked why it was still not there, Köstinger replied at a press conference on Thursday: “You have to ask the Minister of Health.”
Mückstein plays the ball back: “The best possible planning for the tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the Corona crisis, is personally a major concern for me. My department has therefore promptly submitted a draft ordinance and has waited a long time for feedback from all departments involved. “
These are incorporated and communicated, but approval by the ÖVP is still pending. However, this is necessary so that the regulation can be issued promptly – in the interests of the tourism industry.
It is important that guests and employees are offered security. Freedom to travel is given by the Green Passport, and there are agreements with 15 neighboring countries that entry is possible. While Köstinger expects a good winter season in 2021/22, she is worried about city tourism: “The major events such as trade fairs, art and cultural events are still missing here. More travel and air traffic would also be important.”