Travel and tourism have almost disappeared worldwide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but as quarantines and lockdowns begin to ease, consumers and workers are hoping to salvage what they can for the summer holiday season.
The European industry is set to lose between EUR275 billion and EUR400 billion because of the pandemic, the EU’s internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton told the European Parliament. Europe’s airline passenger revenue will drop by US$76 billion year-on-year, according to the UN’s World Tourism Organization.
A sign reads “Covid 19 - Lockdown. Forbidden access to beaches and coastline,” near the beach, as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus, in Antibes, France. (Reuters)
“We all agreed that we should have a unanimous approach when it comes to opening the borders, as we are all one family,” Croatia’s Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told reporters in Zagreb after a video conference with his peers in the bloc, Bloomberg reports. “People still want to travel outside their borders, and we should allow that as much as we possibly can.”