Tourism

    • EU summer tourism slumps on new Covid-19 variants

      EU summer tourism slumps on new Covid-19 variants

      The summer tourist season across the European Union is under heavy pressure as new Covid-19 variants prompt different Member States to impose partial pandemic related restrictions. The countries lack a coordination on introduction of measures which make the most popular destinations hard to reach. Tourists from US, Asia are not enthusiastic to travel amid uncertainty of potential lockdowns, AP reported.

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    • Spain considers curfews to save tourist season

      Spain considers curfews to save tourist season

      Spain's Canary Islands and Mediterranean region of Valencia have asked the government to bring back curfews to counter a soaring Covid-19 infection rate among unvaccinated youngsters that is threatening the summer tourism season. Nationwide, cases had been dwindling over recent months but began to surge from the middle of June, propelled by the more contagious Delta variant and more socialising among youth.

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    • International tourism loses $2.4tn in 2021

      International tourism loses $2.4tn in 2021

      International tourism arrivals will stay in a spiral of stagnation in 2021 with expected losses edging up to $2.4 trillion, Reuters reported quoting a study of the United Nations. The main reason for that is that with the exception of few western countries, the world is still suffering the downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The slow vaccination roll-out makes it unlikely to expect a full rebound in tourism industry before 2023.

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    • Spain opens its borders to all vaccinated travellers

      Spain opens its borders to all vaccinated travellers

      Spain opens its borders to vaccinated travellers from all over the world on Monday, hoping an influx of visitors will revitalise its tourism sector which has been hit by Covid-19 pandemic. "Spain is a safe destination," Health Minister Carolina Darias said, cited by AFP. Non-vaccinated Europeans, who can currently enter Spain with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, will from Monday be able to take a cheaper antigen test instead.

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    • Greece reopens, woos foreign tourists

      Greece reopens, woos foreign tourists

      Announcing an ambitious promotional campaign on Thursday, Greece kicked off the formal start of its tourist season, aimed at saving its most important economic sector from a second lost summer, news wires reported. "We are opening our tourist industry to the world," Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said at an outdoor news conference held in front of the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion close to Athens.

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    • Italy reopens tourism to kick-start economy

      Italy reopens tourism to kick-start economy

      Italy announced it was ready to welcome again foreign tourists as pandemic eased the pressure on the country’s healthcare system. The country desperately needs the key sector operating again to reboot economic growth, ANSA reported. Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said: "We are reopening, with the aim of kick-starting tourism and the economy again. We must support the tourism sector, shop owners, restaurateurs.We must do business and create jobs. Italy is ready, we are working to totally supersede the 10 pm curfew, but not lower our guard. I will reiterate that we are working to welcome foreign tourists to Italy in total safety”.

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