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Amsterdam’s Mayor Warns Against Rushing to Regain International Tourism

Amsterdam’s Mayor Warns Against Rushing to Regain International Tourism

Senay Boztas, The Guardian

There’s a growing divide between tourism leaders championing the end of travel restrictions and people fearful of the pandemic's reemergence.

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Portugal Won’t Quarantine Visitors Arriving by Plane

Portugal Won’t Quarantine Visitors Arriving by Plane

Catarina Demony, Reuters

Portugal’s foreign minister vaguely referred to "minimal health controls" at airports but otherwise the country wants to make it as easy as possible for people to visit. Fearless young people may come, especially when other countries like the UK require visitors to self-isolate for days.

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UK Culture Secretary Previews Plans to Bring Back Domestic Vacations as Early as July

UK Culture Secretary Previews Plans to Bring Back Domestic Vacations as Early as July

Frances Perraudin, The Guardian

The UK's culture minister indicates he wants Britons themselves to prop up the tourism industry this summer.

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Greek Prime Minister Says Tourist Season Will Start on June 15

Greek Prime Minister Says Tourist Season Will Start on June 15

Helena Smith, The Guardian

Greece's handling of the coronavirus crisis has worked remarkably well; the country is now willing to test if it can keep cases down while opening up to tourists.

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British Seaside Resorts Hoping for Domestic Boom When Reopening Is Safe

British Seaside Resorts Hoping for Domestic Boom When Reopening Is Safe

Joanna Partridge, The Guardian

Britain's seaside towns are hoping that the inaccessibility of international travel this summer will mean a surge in domestic tourism — but with social distancing, any boost will still be modest.

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UK Confusion Reigns With a Travel Scheme to Exclude Some Countries From Quarantine

UK Confusion Reigns With a Travel Scheme to Exclude Some Countries From Quarantine

Jamie Grierson and Kate Proctor, The Guardian

With the quarantine reportedly starting in June, it leaves the government little time to clarify exactly how "air bridges" will work, and where they'll apply.

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Spain Targets Late June for Reopening to International Visitors

Spain Targets Late June for Reopening to International Visitors

Inti Landauro and Luis Castilleja, Reuters

Even if Spain lifts its international arrivals restrictions in late June, the country's tourism sector is still on track to take a massive financial hit due to coronavirus shutdowns this year.

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Greece Uses Drones to Monitor Social Distancing on Beaches

Greece Uses Drones to Monitor Social Distancing on Beaches

Helena Smith and Angela Giuffrida, Guardian

It remains unclear whether tourism in Europe will be viable again with social distancing and hygiene rules in place, but at least the reopening of more beaches brings more hope.

3 weeks ago

UK Parks Get Set for Summer Openings as Foreign Travel Seems Unlikely

UK Parks Get Set for Summer Openings as Foreign Travel Seems Unlikely

Shane Hickey and Joanna Partridge, The Guardian

The UK is anticipating staycations this summer, with very few little foreign travel. Local parks and attractions are getting ready to open come June and July to meet demand — with distancing guidelines planned.

3 weeks ago

How These European Countries Are Planning to Revive Tourism for This Summer

How These European Countries Are Planning to Revive Tourism for This Summer

Angela Giuffrida, Sam Jones, Richard Partington and Helena Smith, The Guardian

Here's the latest on what major European countries are doing to lure tourists for the summer. Expectations remain modest.

3 weeks ago

England’s Campsites to Reopen in July With Reduced Capacity

England’s Campsites to Reopen in July With Reduced Capacity

Rachel Dixon, The Guardian

If domestic holidays are on the agenda for Britons this year, camping may be one of the practical options.

3 weeks ago

Italy to Reopen Borders to European Travelers June 3 After Earliest Lockdown on the Continent

Italy to Reopen Borders to European Travelers June 3 After Earliest Lockdown on the Continent

Angelo Amante and Giulio Piovaccari, Reuters

Beyond the actual easing of travel restrictions, Italy's move is highly symbolic since it was hit so hard by coronavirus and was the first European country to lock down its cities.

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