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WTTC and ETC call on EU Member States to effectively coordinate and align responses to the evolving epidemiological situation

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), supported by a number of key travel stakeholders, have urged EU Member States to align their responses to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation and avoid imposing any limits to the freedom of movement across Europe. The organisations say the sector cannot afford inconsistent […]

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ETC: Pre-pandemic levels of european travel will not be achieved until 2024

Despite a strong summer rebound, international tourist arrivals to Europe are forecast to be 60% below 2019 by the end of 2021. European tourist arrivals were still down 77% half-way through the year relative to 2019. European air passenger growth gained momentum over the months of June (-69%), July (-57%) and August (-49%) compared to […]

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ETC: Long-Haul travellers remain cautious about planning trips to Europe

According to the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer 3/2021 (LHTB), intentions to travel to Europe between September and December 2021 remain weak in key overseas markets. Results suggest that as long as COVID-19 safety concerns persist, many will remain cautious about visiting European destinations. However, with vaccination rates continuing to improve across the globe, there is […]

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ETC: Almost 70% of all surveyed Europeans plan to travel by the end of January 2022

Rising COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant might have been affecting Europe lately but travel sentiment among Europeans has remained high over the summer. Almost 70% of Europeans surveyed stated they have plans to travel between July 2021 and January 2022, while significantly fewer expressed unwillingness (17%) or uncertainty (15%) about travelling in the short-term. […]

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ETC: National Tourism Organizations are changing|New report

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with ongoing challenges posed by climate change and ensuring sustainability, tourism globally is in a critical period of transition. Recognising this, the European Travel Commission (ETC) has released a report: “The Changing Tourism Environment and Its Impact on the Work of NTOs”. The study investigates the ways […]

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ETC: Recovery of european tourism in sight this summer

European travel activity is set to build some momentum moving into the peak summer months due to the gradual easing of restrictions, the ramp-up in vaccinations, and the EU’s recent reopening to more third countries and fully vaccinated travellers from abroad. Travel demand is expected to pick up considerably in the second half of 2021, […]

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ETC: Travel sentiment is warming up with Summer in sight

The hope of summer getaways is encouraging travel sentiment in Europeans, as a majority (56%) say they will go on holiday by the end of August 2021, either domestically or to another European country. By comparison, only 27% of respondents are still unwilling to travel within the next six months. That is according to the […]

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Travelling is not a crime: ETC strongly condemns new UK travel measures

The European Travel Commission (ETC) strongly condemns the new tough enforcement measures for travellers announced yesterday by the UK Government. As well as introducing two mandatory tests after arrival and obligatory “quarantine packages” for travellers from “red list” countries, the new rules include heavy financial penalties and potential jail time for non-compliance. Travellers arriving from […]

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ETC: Travellers are not a high-risk | Urges EU governments to follow EASA & ECDC guidelines and lift quarantines

The European Travel Commission (ETC) has today welcomed the new Guidelines for COVID-19 testing and quarantine of air travellers from the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which provide a clear pathway for EU governments to make informed decisions on travel measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the […]

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ETC: Second wave of COVID-19 outbreak threatens european tourism recovery | Loss of almost 1 billion global international arrivals expected in 2020

A new surge in Covid-19 cases and the reintroduction of travel restrictions have halted European tourism recovery with international tourist arrivals to Europe down 68%[1] halfway through the year relative to 2019. That is according to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest quarterly report “European Tourism: Trends & Prospects” for Q3 2020 which has been closely […]

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