Summer was once a peak season for Europe’s ever consistently booming tourism industry, but many feared that this year’s pandemic may have killed it all off in one good sweep.
It is, therefore, no wonder that the European nations are desperate to validate themselves as tourism-safe by the time the season falls and tourists around the world may gather the confidence to go come all the way to the epicenter of the crisis. The countries especially dependent on tourist cash are indeed striving to get it done. Each countries are racking their brains, devising methods for safe tourism to attract visitors. On Wednesday, out of these demands, the European Union came up with an action plan that would alleviate the controls within the EU perimeters. The plan would consequentially prepare the hospitality service providers, while reconstructing public transport system all around the continent which have been dysfunctional since lockdown. And there seems to be a definite demand for tourism, despite fears of causing or being part of a new wave of the pandemic, as being cooped up within your home will surely make you feel that way.
“We all need a break, especially after this confinement,” Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner, said.
“We want to enjoy summer holidays, we would like to see our families and friends even if they live in another region, in another country.“But we want to be able to so while staying healthy and safe because we know the virus will stay for us for some time.
Europe is the biggest player in the global tourism market, a whopping 50% in market size, and its economy have fallen hard since the restrictions were imposed.
The European Union is currently recommending its member states to block all non-essential visitors coming in from the outside, and this policy is about to change.
Greece, Austria and Germany have already either selected dates to reopen, or already lifting borders.German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared on Wednesday that internal EU border restrictions are set to be alleviated by June 15.
“This is not going to be a normal summer, not for any of us,” said Margrethe Vestager, the vice-president of the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission.
”But when we all work together and we all do our part in the ways the Commission is setting out today, then we don’t have to face a summer stuck at home or a completely lost summer for the European tourism industry.”
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