Hospitality sector: Re-connecting EU citizens after the pandemic

Europe’s hospitality sector, which mainly consists of small and medium sized companies, has been hit hard by the lockdown measures imposed due to the pandemic. [Shutterstock/Michele Ursi]

Bars, cafes and restaurants are going to be vital to the process of “re-connecting” European citizens socially after the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Europe’s hospitality sector, which mainly consists of small and medium sized companies, has been badly hit by the lockdown measures imposed due to the pandemic.

For most EU countries, the tourism season re-starts today (15 June) and the hospitality sector will play a key role.

The businesses will have to cope with significant income loss since they were forced to shut down as well as liquidity issues.

In addition, for an uncertain period of time, they will not be able to function at close to full capacity as social distancing measures continue to be applied.

In this Special Report, EURACTIV.com will look through the various challenges the hospitality sector will face as well as the role of EU institutions in helping the sector revive.

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