Tourism

Holidays in the coronavirus-era
Tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Representing 10% of GDP and the same percentage of the total workforce of the EU, the health of the tourism industry has major repercussions for the whole economy. As Europe slowly emerges from lockdown, nations are gradually opening their borders, their restaurants and their beaches, fully aware that without tourists, a wider economic recovery is in jeopardy.



A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier tape to set a secure social distance space at the Nord Beach in Gandia, near Valencia on July 1, 2020. - The European Union reopened its borders to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier […]

Spain foreign tourist arrivals fell 75% in July

Foreign tourist arrivals in Spain plummeted by 75% year-on-year in July despite the reopening of borders in the world's second-most popular tourist destination, official figures show
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, on the south coast of England, as temperatures head towards a predicted 37C on August 7, 2020. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, o […]

Europeans warned not to forget virus as temperatures soar

Sun-seekers flocked to beaches as parts of western Europe baked in a heatwave, but authorities urged people to avoid crowded areas and wear masks over concerns at rising numbers of coronavirus cases
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictured during an AFP interview at her home in Madrid on June 25, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictu […]

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Many workers' lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say
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