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Berlin Clubs Top Source of Tourism

This article is published in collaboration with Statista

by Willem Roper

Germany is quickly reopening businesses and loosening COVID-19 restrictions after successfully halting the spread of the virus within their borders. While its too early to know whether Germany and Europe will experience a second wave, tourism in top cities like Munich and Berlin is expected to be down substantially for the foreseeable future. In Berlin, that could mean the end of a world-class clubbing scene.

Night and dance clubs have been the number one attraction for tourists travelling to Berlin for the last decade, with roughly a third of all tourists saying that was the primary reason for their visit. In 2017, club tourism brought in around 1.5 billion euros in revenue for the city, with roughly 80 percent of all clubs either making a profit or breaking even.

Now, with COVID-19 restrictions and new social distancing rules taking effect over the last few months, many of the city’s 280 professional clubs are finding it hard to stay open. Isolated incidents over the past several weeks of unsolicited parties and club gatherings have ended in new smaller outbreaks of the virus. Protests over the closing of near-bankrupt clubs have resulted in an absence of social distancing precautions, and point to how dangerous opening clubs without a vaccine or social distancing plan could be.

Some clubs with outdoor spaces have reopened with a policy of no dancing. However, like bars and restaurants, club owners say they can’t break anywhere close to even operating at half or a quarter of their normal capacity.

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