29 November 2021

21% of all destinations worldwide have their borders completely closed to tourists

One out of five destinations continue to have their borders completely closed as new surges of Covid-19- impact the restart of international tourism. The latest UNWTO research shows that still […]
29 November 2021

EMA approves BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 age group

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting an extension of indication for the Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged 5 to 11. The vaccine, developed […]
29 November 2021

Omicron variant leads to worldwide travel bans

The new Covid-19 variant (named B.1.1.529 or Omicron) detected last week in South Africa is raising serious concerns among scientists. Firstly detected only in small numbers, […]
25 November 2021

WTTC and ETC call on EU Member States to increase coordination to fight Covid-19

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), supported by a number of key travel stakeholders, have urged EU Member States to align […]
23 November 2021

9 reasons why better coordination within EU Member States is needed to fight Covid-19

Given the latest epidemiological developments across Europe, and ahead of the approaching festive season, a broad group of key travel and tourism stakeholders is urging the […]
22 November 2021

ECDC wants measures for the unvaccinated instead of travel restrictions in the EU

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) rejects the reintroduction of travel restrictions in the European Union (EU) as a way of containing the […]
22 November 2021

Munich’s Christmas market cancelled over Covid-19 fears

1. Munich Christkindlmarkt The traditional Christmas market in Munich, famously known as Munich Christkindlmarkt, has been cancelled for the second time in two years, amid growing […]
19 November 2021

EU Council adds Indonesia to the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of […]
18 November 2021

Belgium imposes new measures to combat surge in Covid-19 cases and avoid winter lockdown

On Wednesday November 18th, Belgium’s Consultative Committee decided to implement new restrictive measure to try to control the rapid increase of Covid-19 seen across the country. […]
18 November 2021

France updates requirements to get a health pass and some tourists will now have to pay to get one

On Friday November 5th, the French Parliament has definitively adopted the bill of “health vigilance”. After a final vote of the National Assembly, the bill authorizes […]
16 November 2021

Israel’s third doses proved successful

Last week, experts in Israel allowed the vaccination of kids aged 5 to 11. Israel was also the first country to offer a third dose – […]
2 November 2021

Majority of unvaccinated Germans refuse to get a Covid-19 jab

In the past 18 months hundreds of millions of Covid-19 vaccines have safely been administered worldwide. Yet several Germans are still reluctant to get their shots. According […]
2 November 2021

US approved Covid-19 shot for children 5 to 11

On Friday October 29th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for the prevention of Covid-19 to […]
2 November 2021

How can tourism wake up from the dystopian nightmare?

Everyone knows the story by now. Free-flowing international travel has become a relic of a pre-Covid era. Lockdowns, border closures, travel restrictions are a dystopian version […]
27 October 2021

Belgium to reinstall use of masks indoors as Covid-19 cases increase

Belgium’s Consultative Committee met on Tuesday, October 26, and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced that masks will again be mandatory inside shops and other indoor […]
27 October 2021

Hawaii to welcome tourists again from November 1st

On October 19th, Hawaii’s Governor David Ige announced that the islands will welcome back business travelers and general tourists beginning November 1st as the average daily […]