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People enjoy a gondola ride under the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) on May 29, 2020 in Venice, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
People enjoy a gondola ride under the Br […]

Italy thirsts for tourists as country reopens to Europe

Italy has reopened to travellers from Europe, after a three-month lockdown, but few arrivals dimmed hopes of reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins
A man passes a closed establishment on the seafront in Margate, southeast England, on May 16, 2020, following an easing of coronavirus lockdown rules in England. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
A man passes a closed establishment on t […]

Why one UK resort town is urging visitors to stay away

It may seem like an odd message from a summer resort, but businesses in Margate on England's southeast coast are urging people to stay away to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus
A man wearing a face mask visits the Park Guell in Barcelona, on May 20, 2020, during the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. Josep LAGO / AFP
A man wearing a face mask visits the Par […]

In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

The coronavirus lockdowns may not have been universally popular but they have alleviated some of the ills associated with tourism such as the overcrowding of city centres and rent rises
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow warning" for a second straight day on Monday over extreme temperatures. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow […]

Virus-confined Med states wilt in record heat wave

Across the Mediterranean and its alluring beaches, a heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus
A man walks along a private beach in Jesolo, near Venice in northeast Italy, on May 12, 2020 during the country's coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
A man walks along a private beach in Jes […]

Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

The EU has set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus across Europe, the world's top holiday destination
A woman takes a picture of the empty Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP
A woman takes a picture of the empty Pal […]

Tourism collapse threatens second virus blow to Mediterranean

Northern Europeans may not be able to decamp to Mediterranean beaches this summer because of the coronavirus, but will their governments support the devastated tourism sector?