Off on vacation: South Beach on Fehmarn
Escape the world for a moment: on the coast or on the slopes? Tourist pleasures are becoming expensive – if only because a lot of them are very energy-intensive. Three examples show what drives the costs and how to proceed.
Dhe price increases can be felt everywhere. There’s a new card on the table in the bar around the corner. When asked if the prices were cheaper, the waiter just nodded. Then it will actually be clear to everyone what the reason is: Energy and food are becoming more expensive. The costs are increasing for private households and for companies. Those who can pass on the increased prices.
Elsewhere, the innkeeper greets an acquaintance cycling past in front of the restaurant. After a chat, the operator immediately grumbles about the latest price announcement from his gas supplier: his previous expenses will multiply as a result. What is he supposed to do there? Maybe he does without heating, maybe he puts a wood stove in the restaurant.
Large parts of the country are looking at inflation and above all at the energy supply in the approaching winter. Innkeepers are so worried about the continued operation. According to a survey by the Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), two thirds fear for their existence. At the beginning of the month, association president Guido Zöllick warned: “Ensuring the energy supply and implementing the energy price brake as quickly as possible must now have top priority.”
Concerns are growing in the industry due to cost increases, especially for energy, food and staff. According to the respondents, energy costs will increase by an average of 55 percent from October and by 96 percent from January 2023. According to this, groceries were 26 percent and drinks 17 percent more expensive in September compared to the same month last year. Personnel costs were 19 percent higher. According to the association, the companies can only partially pass on their higher expenses. As a result, restaurant sales are falling.
You can read how the companies deal with it here: