Tourism

    • Malta reopens airport to save tourism

      Malta reopens airport to save tourism

      Malta reopened its airport on Wednesday to allow visitors from several European countries and try to save tourism, news wires reported. However, British citizens are not included in the safe list, although the UK accounts for 30% of the island’s tourist arrivals. The reopened connections include cities in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

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    • First contract signed for tourist space walk

      First contract signed for tourist space walk

      Roscosmos and Space Adventures have been cooperating in space tourism since 2001, when the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, went into orbit. Since then, a total of seven people have been in space under the space tourism programme. Now, however, the first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, with the venture being set for 2023.

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    • Greece readies for tourist reopening

      Greece readies for tourist reopening

      The safety of tourists is a top priority for Greece as it opens its airports to foreign visitors, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday cited by Reuters during a visit to the popular holiday island of Santorini. International flights to and from the country’s main airports will resume on 15 June, after a nearly three-month lockdown. Tourism accounts for about 20% of Greece’s economic output.

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    • Ireland hopes that “summer is not yet lost”

      Ireland hopes that “summer is not yet lost”

      Ireland hopes to be able to recommend the resumption of air travel with a select number of countries in a number of weeks, PM Leo Varadkar said on Thursday, telling prospective holidaymakers “summer is not yet lost,” Reuters reported. While some European countries such as Germany, Spain and Austria plan to lift coronavirus-related border restrictions with neighbouring countries this month, Ireland has been more cautious about it.

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    • Spain lays down plans for late June tourism opening

      Spain lays down plans for late June tourism opening

      Spain will open up land borders with France and Portugal on 22 June and will start welcoming tourists to some islands and areas with the Covid-19 infection under control around the same time, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday cited by the news wires. Spain's land frontiers have been shut to everyone but Spaniards, cross-border workers and truck drivers since mid-March, but with deaths and infections sharply down, the country is trying to gradually restore freedom of movement.

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    • Malta reopens to tourism in July

      Malta reopens to tourism in July

      Malta will reopen its airport to passenger flights on 1 July in order to restart tourism brought to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic, PM Robert Abela said on Sunday. Tourism accounts for almost a quarter of Malta's economy and hoteliers have been pressing the government to reopen the airport or risk mass unemployment.

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    • Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      Croatia impatient to welcome tourists

      A few European tourists have returned to Croatia's picturesque Adriatic coast, where the owners of boats, hotels and campsites are hoping their relative isolation will bring the numbers up over the next six weeks, news wires reported. Tourism accounts for almost a fifth of Croatia's economic output, which the government expects to shrink by almost 10% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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