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Global Europe 15-09-2021

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh?

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh? Stricken at the thought, Spain is making major diplomatic efforts to prevent Saudi from snatching the only UN agency headquartered in the Iberian peninsular.
Global Europe 31-08-2021

EU removes US, Western Balkan countries from COVID safe list for non-essential travel

The European Union on Monday (30 August) recommended that its member states reimpose travel restrictions on US tourists over rising covid infections in the country.
Coronavirus 06-08-2021

Tourists caught short as Italy ushers in Covid ‘green pass’

"Do you have your green pass?" Visitors across Italy were being asked the question on Friday as new coronavirus rules for museums and indoor dining came into force -- with those answering 'no' left frustrated.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

UK-Spain flights soar 400% after quarantine rules changed

Flights between the UK and Spain have increased by 400% as British holidaymakers take advantage of news rules that mean residents returning to England from destinations on the government's amber list no longer have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Spain’s new COVID-19 restrictions halt return of tourism sector

Soaring COVID-19 infection rates and tough new restrictions to curb the increase have dealt a fresh blow to Spain’s pandemic-weary tourism and hospitality sectors, especially in sun-kissed resorts along the Mediterranean, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Transport 01-07-2021

EU revives bloc-wide travel with COVID-19 pass but Delta poses threat

An EU-wide Covid certificate for easier travel comes into force on Thursday (1 July), just in time for Europe's busy summer vacation period, but the more-infectious Delta variant is already threatening to curtail its use.
Global Europe 22-06-2021

COVID eases but US won’t reciprocate EU in opening borders

As the COVID pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans – but the reverse is not holding true, with the United States not budging on restrictions imposed 15 months ago.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2021

Spain mulls lifting restrictions for hotels, restaurants, cafes

Spain's health ministry is in favour of gradually lifting restrictions for the hotel, restaurant and cafes sector known as HORECA and is mulling the reopening of nightlife activities for medium-risk regions for COVID-19. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Cure for summertime blues: Europe gears up for tourists

European tourism has had its worst time in living memory as coronavirus lockdowns, curfews and hotel and restaurant closures have threatened the industry's livelihood and frustrated travellers eager for a change of scenery.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

Spanish tourism sector dealt severe blow in first quarter

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to badly affect Spain’s tourism sector, which in the first quarter of the year saw an 82% drop in the number of international tourists it welcomed compared to the same period of 2020, from 10.6 million to only 1.8 million. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Transport 31-05-2021

EU executive urges reopening in summer to vaccinated tourists

The European Commission proposed on Monday (31 May) that vaccinated people should be exempt from testing or quarantines when travelling from one EU country to another, and urged a gradual easing of travel measures as COVID-19 inoculations accelerate.
Coronavirus 21-05-2021

EU reaches deal on COVID-19 travel passes to save the summer

The European Parliament and the member states reached a provisional deal on Thursday (20 May) on COVID-19 certificates designed to facilitate travel and help revive tourism in Europe.
Coronavirus 17-05-2021

Portugal opens to Schengen and UK tourists

Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from Monday (17 May), the interior ministry said, following months of restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Right conditions in place for safe tourism in summer, EU’s Breton says

The European Union already has the right conditions in place for a "safe reopening" of tourism in the summer, its commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, said on Friday (14 May), while warning that the recovery of the sector "will still take time" after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2021

Spain aims to boost COVID-stricken tourism sector with new campaign

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto this week urged foreigners to start preparing for their getaway in Spain now, stressing that the conditions in the country allowed for the resumption of international and domestic travel. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Health 12-05-2021

Spain plans to allow Britons to enter without PCR test from 20 May

Spain plans to lift its requirement for Britons to present a negative coronavirus PCR test upon arrival from 20 May, provided that the infection rate in Britain keeps declining, the Spanish tourism minister said on Tuesday (11 May).
Health 05-05-2021

Italy, G20 look to return of tourism

Italy is ready to welcome back travellers, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Tuesday (4 May) after hosting a G20 meeting that put tourism at the heart of the global post-pandemic recovery.
Health 04-05-2021

EU eyes letting fully vaccinated tourists into bloc

Europe is looking at easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists as early as next month, if they are fully vaccinated or come from a country with Covid under control, officials said Monday (3 May). The European Commission is recommending EU...
Health 15-04-2021

Greece to allow vaccinated tourists in next week

Greece plans to open its borders to vaccinated visitors from several countries from next week, the government said Thursday (15 April), as the country seeks to restart its badly-hit tourism sector.
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2021

Spain’s central bank urges extension of temporary lay-off schemes

Spain's Central Bank has recommended the extension of temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs for employees in economic sectors worst-hit by the pandemic, in particular tourism. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing rules

Spain will as of Wednesday (31 March) implement a series of new and tougher measures to prevent COVID-19 infections under the so-called New Normality Law, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 25-03-2021

Spain pins hopes on EU health certificate to save summer season

Spain is pinning its hopes on the EU's proposed digital health certificate and on vaccines to save the summer tourism season, after a catastrophic year for the country's hospitality industry, commonly known as HORECA. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2021

Spanish business leader: EU fiscal rules are not an ‘open bar’

The softening of EU fiscal rules to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on Spanish businesses may lead to a massive deficit in two years time if not responsibly handled by the government, an industry representative has warned in an interview, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Spain eyes €11 billion rescue package for struggling businesses 

The Spanish government is expected to approve a rescue package worth €11 billion by the end of the month in support of small and medium-sized businesses badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.