Tourism

    • 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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    • Cyprus  divides countries into groups for reopening  flights

      Cyprus divides countries into groups for reopening flights

      Cyprus on Friday presented a roadmap for resumption of commercial flights next month from selected countries with low COVID-19 infection rates, news wires reported. Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said flights will begin in two phases, on 9 and 20 June, from two groups of countries, recommended by an advisory body of medical experts.

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    • Dreaming of far away? Hop on a virtual trip

      Dreaming of far away? Hop on a virtual trip

      Beaches deserted, city squares devoid of people: Many tourist attractions are currently unrecognisable. People are stuck at home because of coronavirus lockdowns, wondering when they can travel once again. But that gives them plenty of time to plan and make the next trip really count. In the meantime, they can digitally explore the world from their sofa.

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    • Italy woos Germans for summer holiday despite coronavirus

      Italy woos Germans for summer holiday despite coronavirus

      Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio called on Germans to spend their holidays in Italy this summer, ignoring coronavirus fears, news wires reported. "Come and visit our beaches, our sea, our mountain villages, enjoy our cuisine. We are ready to welcome you with a smile," Di Maio said in an interview with Germany's leading Bild daily on Wednesday.

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