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.

27 July 2020

European Commission’s new measures for cross-border travel

As part of the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EU member states have adopted a set of conclusions aimed at restoring passengers’ and workers’ confidence […]
24 July 2020

Domestic travel to play
a crucial role in European recovery

According to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest quarterly report “European Tourism: Trends & Prospects”, the global health crisis has left the tourism sector in Europe […]
23 July 2020

The tourism industry
looks to the future

The responsible restart of tourism is now underway across Europe. The United Nations World Tourism Organization believes that it’s crucial to support Member States and the […]
22 July 2020

Travelers confused by inconsistent Covid-19 travel rules

Travelers in Europe are facing different types of travel rules and advice, with each country across the continent emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic at different stages. […]
21 July 2020
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The German hospitality industry hit
by the COVID-19 crisis

The corona pandemic poses a great challenge to the world and it is severely affecting the economy of many countries. Germany has forecast a GDP decline […]
21 July 2020

Covid-19 drives German cruise
ship-builder into temporary shutdown

German shipyard Meyer Werft will halt production and suspend operations for six weeks starting on July 20th. There’s been a drop in orders linked to the […]
21 July 2020

Belgium celebrates its 189th anniversary

On July 21st, 1831, a forty-year old German prince from the Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld duchy stood on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Brussels and was sworn […]
20 July 2020

Is Russia ready to roll out a Covid-19 vaccine by next month?

With over 770,000 reported cases, Russia is the fourth-worst affected nation struck by the pandemic globally. Finding a Covid-19 vaccine has become a priority for Russia’s […]
20 July 2020

Covid-19 is the most significant determinant of demand

A YouGov poll conducted between 29 June and 9 July revealed the continuing unwillingness of many people on the one hand to travel abroad and on […]
17 July 2020

Holidaymakers’ irresponsible behavior in Mallorca

After the closure of restaurants in Mallorca, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD), has dampened his hopes of a fast lifting of travel warnings […]
17 July 2020

More than €800 million:
The cost of Covid-19 for Heineken

Heineken has reported losses in the first half of this year as a result of the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dutch brewer posted […]
16 July 2020

Llama antibodies:
A remedy for Covid-19?

Researchers in the UK announced on July 14th that antibodies taken from llamas could fight the coronavirus. The antibodies could be used as a treatment with […]
16 July 2020

“Tourism can promote solidarity and trust”:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has sent a landmark message to the world, highlighting the sector’s unique role in advancing the 2030 Agenda […]
15 July 2020

A nationwide mask requirement could keep US Covid-19 cases
under control

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a nationwide mask requirement could keep the spread of coronavirus cases under control within a […]
15 July 2020

Europe could be facing a new Covid-19 wave

According to the Belgian expert Pierre Van Damme, Europe is now facing a second wave of coronavirus. The epidemiologist told the Flemish news outlet VTM that […]
15 July 2020

Safe and Responsible Restart of Tourism on the Canary Islands

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid an official visit to the Canary Islands to recognize the reopening of the destination and the steps […]
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