UNWTO welcomes EU support and urgesEurope to lead the way in Tourism’s restart

Only with strong and coordinated political action can Europe reopen to tourism in time for the peak summer season. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again stressed the importance of collaboration as it welcomed European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to Madrid for a high-level meeting focused on the joined-up response to the ongoing crisis, and […]

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WTTC submission to the Global Travel Taskforce calls on rapid testing on departure to revive international travel

Rapid testing on departure at airports is the key to unlocking international travel, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in its submission to the UK government’s Global Travel Taskforce.  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, has been at the forefront of global efforts […]

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WTTC: Tourism sector suffers USD 4.5 trillion for 2020

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) today reveals the full devastating impact of COVID-19 had on the global Travel & Tourism sector last year, which suffered a massive loss of almost US$4.5 trillion. The annual EIR from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel […]

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MEPs demand safe and clean travel | Europe should strive to remain a leading destination

EU criteria for safe and clean travel, a common vaccination certificate and an EU hygiene seal for businesses must be part of a new EU strategy on tourism, MEPs say. The resolution on an EU strategy for sustainable tourism, adopted by 577 votes to 31, and 80 abstentions on Thursday, notes that the COVID-19 outbreak […]

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Parliament fast-tracks procedure to adopt Digital Green Certificate by June

To facilitate its adoption by the summer, MEPs decided to accelerate the approval of the Digital Green Certificate, allowing for safe and free movement during the pandemic. With 468 votes in favour, 203 against and 16 abstentions, MEPs supported using the urgency procedure (Rule 163), which allows for faster parliamentary scrutiny of the Commission’s proposals, […]

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Taxation: Council adopts new rules to strengthen administrative cooperation and include sales through digital platforms

The European Council adopted new rules to improve administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and address the challenges posed by the digital platform economy. A large and growing number of individuals and businesses use digital platforms to sell goods or provide services. However, income earned through digital platforms is often unreported and tax is […]

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Commission approves €21 million Greek scheme to support operators of tourist buses and trains affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a €21 million Greek scheme to support operators of tourist buses and trains affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. The support, which will take form of direct grants, is intended to mitigate the impact on the beneficiaries of the restrictive measures […]

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MEPs want a safer and more sustainable tourism after Covid

Tourism will need help to become cleaner, safer and more sustainable after the pandemic, according to MEPs. They will vote on a report on this on 25 March. Tourism and Covid-19 Tourism is one of the sectors affected the most by the Covid-19 pandemic. It employs about 27 million people and represents around 10% of […]

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Europe’s travel & tourism sector welcomes Digital Green Certificate proposal

Over 60 travel and tourism organisations express their support for the European Commission’s initiative for the Digital Green Certificate and call to ensure swift implementation in time for summer 2021. The European Tourism Manifesto alliance strongly welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a common, inter-operable and mutually-recognised Digital Green Certificate. This digital proof that a […]

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Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate

Today the European Commission is proposing to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. It will be available, free of charge, in […]

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