Covid-19


Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

6 April 2021

Why post-Brexit has embarrassed the EU over the vaccine roll out

Spare a thought, if you will, for the 450 million people who live on mainland Europe – they have been very badly let down over the […]
5 April 2021

Less parking spots and more terraces in Brussels this summer

The Brussels-Capital Region will allow outdoor cafés on car parks until the end of 2022, which had been proposed by State Secretary for Urban Planning, Pascal […]
5 April 2021

Tourist arrivals down 87% in January 2021

The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global tourism has carried on into 2021, with new data showing an 87% fall in international tourist arrivals […]
31 March 2021

25,000 Dutch people sign up for Covid holiday pilot scheme in Rhodes

Dutch travel company Sunweb has announced that it plans to take nearly 200 people for an eight-day holiday in Greece. One of the main goals is […]
31 March 2021

London’s ‘National Covid Memorial Wall’ of almost 150,000 hearts commemorates Covid-19 victims

In their latest effort to raise awareness to their to call for a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, UK Campaign group […]
31 March 2021

UNWTO urges Europe to lead the way in tourism’s restart

As the latest data shows an 85% fall in tourist arrivals across Europe at the start of 2021, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has noted Europe can […]
30 March 2021

China relaxes entry restrictions for foreigners who take Chinese vaccine shots

Chinese authorities are making it easier for certain foreigners to enter the country. Those who have received a Covid-19 vaccine made in China will benefit from […]
30 March 2021

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen to start delivering 200 million Covid-19 vaccines in Europe as of April 19th

Covid-19 vaccination campaigns have been slower in Europe than in some countries elsewhere, and several European countries have recently enforced new restrictions to curb the latest […]
30 March 2021

Covid-19 shows why united action is needed for more robust international health architecture

by Charles Michel, President European Council by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General by 24 world leaders* The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to […]
29 March 2021

EU Vaccine Passport to be available by June 15th

On Sunday, March 28th, during the TV program Le Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI, European Commissioner Thierry Breton indicated that the EU health passport should be available […]
26 March 2021

Members of the European Parliament demand safe and clean travel

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 […]
26 March 2021
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Tourism sector lost nearly US $4.5 trillion for 2020, says WTTC

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) revealed the full devastating impact of COVID-19 had on the global Travel & Tourism sector […]
25 March 2021

From April 1 you’ll have to pay 9 euros to visit Cancun

The state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, home to the beautiful white sandy resorts of Cancun and Tulum, will start charging visitors […]
24 March 2021

Belgium implements stricter rules due to new spike of Covid-19 cases

Following today’s Consultative Committee meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced that the coronavirus contagion figures were rising and that stricter measures would be implemented. […]
23 March 2021

5 things we might do differently while travelling after the pandemic

When was the last time you’ve set foot outside your country, maybe even your city? Chances are, you’ll have to think about it for a bit […]
23 March 2021

Greece: Tourism recovery restarts from small islands

Greece is prioritizing vaccinations in small islands and islets to make sure these little corners of paradise are ready to open up for holidaymakers by mid-May. […]
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