In Brief: visitBerlin aims to woo locals with ‘Welcome Back’ card

Berlin’s official organization promoting tourism and conventions, “visitBerlin,” is launching a social media campaign across Germany to attract visitors.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Caleb Larson

Berlin is normally packed with tourists this time of year. But the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting border closures have left the capital city largely empty.

That prompted “visitBerlin,” which is the official organization promoting tourism and conventions here, to start a social media campaign across Germany to attract visitors.

Spokesman Christian Taenzler said they are also wooing Berliners with a “Welcome Back” card they can purchase.

The card offers discounts on admissions to more than 50 attractions that are now open in Berlin.

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Germany’s blood reserves are down to critical levels during the pandemic.

In an interview with public broadcaster ARD on Wednesday, a spokesman for the German Red Cross said that due to the coronavirus restrictions, people are missing or canceling their blood donation appointments.

The spokesman explained that many donors are working from home, so they aren’t coming to universities or their workplace where they would normally donate.

According to ARD, most German states have about two days worth of blood in reserve and Berlin has just a single day’s worth.

For information on donating blood during the pandemic, please read the German Red Cross’ donation guidelines. 

 

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