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Tourism: Europe looks to finally in the summer season

When will the tourists return? This question has taken a lot of relief these last few days in Europe while we are moving in all the member States to a return to a more normal life and that the summer is fast approaching. The issue is social, of course, but above all economic. This sector accounted, before the crisis of the coronavirus, 10 % of the wealth produced in the EU.

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Italy, Spain or Greece are very dependent. "The loss of business could reach 40% at the end of this year. But we have different situations from one member State to another. In Italy, the high season has been lost, because the part that holds much of the activity is constituted by tourists who go on a cultural trip to visit some cities, and this is done especially from march to may, and then in September and October," confided recently to the Figaro, the commissioner in charge of the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni.

Save the furniture

The member States want to save the furniture, but they know already that it will be difficult to draw its pin from the play. What admits Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. "This will not be a summer conquest of the clientele. This will be a summer of loyalty. The tourists will go to destinations that they already know", says the secretary of State to the minister of foreign Affairs. A situation in which France intends to take advantage of. In this context, the competition is escalated in recent days between the member States.

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Croatia marked the kick-off of the summer period. The country would be already around 20 000 tourists and put on a powerful statement to make them come to be more numerous in July and August: "The vacation that you deserve is closer than you think." The Italian border will re-open from Wednesday. This announcement - surprise - annoyed. "The Italy said nothing during the council of european ministers of tourism that took place a few days before," says a participant. "Coordination does not mean uniformity", says an eu diplomat. In view of the time schedules and conditions for visitors, it is quite far from the one as of the other.

Cyprus, where tourism accounts for 15 % of the national GDP, will open its borders from June 9 to travelers that can provide a certificate proving they have been tested negative for the Covid-19. The country promises to cover the costs of all travelers contaminated during their stay: accommodation, food, beverages, medicines, transfer to the airport and repatriation, and so on, A list of countries has been established. In France as in the United Kingdom are not included at this stage. Greece announced at the end of the week the resumption of flights to its airports for the twenty-nine countries. France plans to reopen its borders on 15 June. It is also the date planned in Germany and in many member States.

there cannot be a true summer without re-opening of the internal borders of Schengen, and suspension of quatorzaines which still exist in some countries, especially in the east of the block.

there cannot be a true summer without re-opening of the internal borders of Schengen, and suspension of quatorzaines which still exist in some countries, especially in the east of the block. The Commission sees a bad eye the emergence of "mini-Schengen", these bubbles of movement between several countries. This is the case between the baltic States (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia) or between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. "The intention to return to the Schengen area usual will in no case be replaced by a sort of "mini-Schengen" area that breaks down our single market and discriminates against non-participating member States. This is not possible," warned Margaritis Schinas, the commissioner in charge of Migration. These topics will be Friday at the agenda of the meeting of the european ministers of the Interior and the external borders of the Schengen closed until 15 June. Some member States - including France - would like to see them reopen as early as 1 July, in reserve to maintain the ban for at-risk countries, the Brazil, without a doubt, and the United States can be. But probably not China, a key player of tourism in Europe.

The editorial team conseilleCe that need to change: the lessons of the pandemic by Michel Onfray, Frédéric Saldman, Nicolas Baverez...SujetsMargaritis SchinasJean-Baptiste LemoynePaolo GentiloniEuropeCovid-19Crise Of the CoronavirusTourismeCrise économiqueCrise sanitaireEspace schengenVacancesVoyages1 commentaireMaxime NORGEle 31/05/2020 22:18

NO ! europe projects ALREADY on vacation ; the people think only' to that !
we will pay for them !

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