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Karen Simmonds is the founder of the award winning travel concierge Travel Matters and the Make Travel Matter campaign. Having travelled extensively and worked in Germany, France and Portugal, she now lives in London, UK. She loves adventures and  travelling for pleasure as well as work, visiting different places and meeting new partners. She is passionate about building awareness and engagement about how we can travel responsibly and in a sustainable way, sharing good practice with travellers as to how their travel choices and decisions can have a positive impact on the communities they visit. She is a committed and passionate responsible travel ambassador. Karen Simmonds can be followed on LinkedIn  Facebook and Instagram

2 March 2021

Optimism and hope as we build back better

There is a sense of optimism and hope in the air. The season is changing. Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere as we edge out […]
2 March 2021

EU Commission to propose digital green pass for travel

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced yesterday that this month the Commission will put forward a legislative proposal on a digital green […]
1 March 2021

EU leaders say Covid-19 vaccination passport ‘possible before summer’

Following a virtual summit, several European leaders have said that Europeans who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus may be able to travel freely by this […]
1 March 2021

Gloria Guevara: “This will be a strong summer for travel to Europe”

Speaking at a webinar organised by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) stated “this […]
1 March 2021

How culture and creativity can boost tourism recovery

The shared values and close ties between tourism and culture stakeholders means both sectors can work together to ensure inclusive access to heritage, as countries around […]
26 February 2021

Belgium’s Consultative Committee: Measures cannot yet be relaxed

On Friday February 26th, at the end of the Consultative Committee meeting, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced that the current confinement measures will not […]
25 February 2021

Travel industry demands clarity on non-essential travel ban in Belgium

On February 24th, the Association of Flemish Travel Agents (VVR) and the Union Professionnelle des Agences de Voyages (UPAV) announced that the travel sector in Belgium […]
25 February 2021

Europe’s Travel & Tourism sector calls on EU governments to chart restart plan for Summer

Over 60 travel and tourism organisations unveil concrete recommendations for re-opening travel & tourism in Europe, including creation of Commission-led Task Force to restore freedom of […]
25 February 2021

Low supply of vaccines cause disruption to immunization campaign in Belgium

On Tuesday February 24th, Flemish health minister Wouter Beke announced that the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination is experiencing some delays. He cited a lower number […]
24 February 2021
Greece

Greece wants to be one of the first countries to develop a vaccine passport

On February 23rd, 2021, Greece announced that it wants to be one of the first countries to develop a digital vaccine passport certifying individuals who have […]
24 February 2021

Covid-19: We must accept a higher risk in our lives, Tourism Australia says

A travel industry round table in Sydney has put the idea forward that the world needs to learn how to live with Covid-19, which would imply […]
24 February 2021

Mauritius will only allow vaccinated tourists to enter

The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Kailesh Jagutpal, has stated that the island nation has won the battle against coronavirus but that the war against the virus […]
23 February 2021

Viruses: What’s in a name?

The 1918 flu pandemic was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. We remember it as the Spanish Flu because it was reported […]
23 February 2021

Restarting tourism in the Caribbean

From the need for enhanced political engagement to developing relevant expertise, the World Tourism Organization, jointly with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, have united their Members in […]
22 February 2021

Boris Johnson unveils plan to lift the UK’s lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today shared his finalised roadmap to lift England’s current coronavirus lockdown. The prime minister’s ‘cautious’ four-part plan includes changes such […]
22 February 2021

Cyprus, Greece and Israel sign agreement on ‘safe travel corridors’

Cyprus, Greece and Israel have recently signed an agreement that will allow citizens with a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate to travel without restrictions between any of […]
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