Tourism

    • Empty streets, lonely landmarks

      Empty streets, lonely landmarks

      With lockdowns and other restrictions continuing across Europe more than a month, the continent's innumerable landmarks stay either closed, or deserted. With people restricting themselves or restricted by authorities to their homes and avoiding travel in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, tourism has taken a serious hit.

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    • Commission seals agreement with collaborative platforms

      Commission seals agreement with collaborative platforms

      The Commission has reached a landmark agreement with Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and Trip Advisor on data sharing, allowing Eurostat to publish data on short-stay accommodations offered via these platforms across the Union, the EU press service reported. The agreement will for the first time permit access to reliable data about short-stay accommodation offered via these collaborative economy platforms, and will contribute to more complete statistics on tourist accommodation across Europe.

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    • Spain's 2019 tourist arrivals hit record high

      Spain's 2019 tourist arrivals hit record high

      In 2019, the number of visitors to Spain hit an all-time high of 83.7 million in a seventh straight year of records, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday. Tourist arrivals rose 1% last year from a year earlier. "We address 2020 with optimism, because we have a strong and consolidated sector, capable of tackling the challenges ahead of us," Maroto said.

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    • Rome to remove souvenir stands in front of main tourist sites

      Rome to remove souvenir stands in front of main tourist sites

      Souvenir stands standing in front of some of Rome’s most famous monuments are to be moved in an attempt to improve the Italian capital’s vision, according to Mayor Virginia Raggi. Seventeen stalls will be moved from sites including the Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. However, eight of them will still be able to trade on streets bur away from the monuments, authorities said in a notice.

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    • Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

      Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for first time

      Saudi Arabia annouced on Friday that it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. The announcement comes just two weeks after devastating attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure - blamed by Washington on Iran - which roiled global energy markets and raised fears of a wider regional conflict.

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