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Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union

The Commission  adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level. The Commission’s proposal sets out four key areas where Member States should work closer together: Common criteria and thresholds […]

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Three new European Capitals of Culture in 2022

Since 1 January 2022, three cities in Europe hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year: Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Kaunas (Lithuania), and Novi Sad (Serbia). Holding the title of European Capital of Culture gives cities the chance to boost their image, put themselves on the world map, promote sustainable tourism and rethink their development through culture. Vice-President for […]

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Attitudes of Europeans towards tourism

On behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Ipsos’ European Public Affairs conducted a Flash Eurobarometer survey about the attitudes of Europeans towards tourism. For this Flash Eurobarometer, a representative sample of citizens, aged 15 and over was interviewed in each of the 27 Member States of the European […]

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Atout France re-joins European Travel Commission with Europe’s tourism recovery underway

As European destinations have been welcoming back travellers over recent weeks, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the association uniting the National Tourism Organisations of 32 European countries, has welcomed the France Tourism Development Agency, Atout France, back as a full member with the shared ambition to work together to further support the competitiveness of Europe […]

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European travel rules confusion wasting advantages of Digital Covid Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that free movement within Europe is being compromised by the failure of EU member states to harmonize COVID-19 entry regulations. As a result, the reopening of borders is confusing travelers and businesses and not delivering the expected benefits in terms of easier travel and economic recovery. IATA research […]

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The European Travel Commission partners with Euronews to support the travel & tourism sector in Europe

For the second year running, Euronews, Europe’s leading international news media, has partnered with the European Travel Commission (ETC), representing national tourism boards of Europe, to support the travel and tourism sector. A new ETC campaign “Open up to Europe” has recently started to run across Euronews’ TV and digital platforms, and aims to support […]

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Lybra: The European travel market is finally open for business

Thanks to a general improvement in the health situation, Europe can -albeit, with due caution- begin speaking about a recovery of the travel industry in the region: thanks to the slowdown in infections and the spread of vaccines, European countries are loosening travel restrictions and reopening their borders, according to the Lybra company. In the […]

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Europeans pin hopes on early Summer vacations to beat the lockdown fatigue

Despite the continuous lockdowns and advice to avoid non-essential trips, Europeans’ travel sentiment maintains an upward trajectory, with 54% of respondents planning to travel within the next six months either domestically or to another European country. That is according to the latest report “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 5” published by […]

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IATA Urges Support for Common European Digital Vaccination Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing. In an open letter to Ursula von der […]

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COVID-19: European Council adopts a recommendation to coordinate measures affecting free movement

The European Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses. “The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in many ways. Travel restrictions have made […]

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