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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.

24 June 2020
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New Rights of Redress for EU Travellers

Some Member States had been blocking an agreement because they wanted to exclude air and train passenger rights from the scope of the law and wanted […]
23 June 2020
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Confinement imposed on 350,000 people due to Covid-19 outbreak in Germany

Guetersloh county in Germany’s most populous state has been put into lock-down after a Covid-19 outbreak at a slaughterhouse. More than 1,500 people from the Toennies […]
23 June 2020

‘Safe Travels’ protocol launched for attractions, car hire and short-term rental

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled its third phase of measures designed to rebuild global consumer confidence, reduce risk and encourage the return […]
22 June 2020
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European Parliament requests further action to save tourism in the EU

MEPs call for additional measures to save the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it future-proof after COVID-19 crisis. The resolution on transport and tourism […]
22 June 2020
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Slovenia, Ukraine and Egypt among new destinations receiving the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp

Egypt is the latest in a line of popular destinations around the world to sign up to the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp […]
22 June 2020
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S&D group in European Parliament calls for “Travel Guarantee Fund” to protect travelers

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament have called for a “Travel Guarantee Fund” to help ensure travelers do not lose out during the health […]
18 June 2020

Portugal is open for business

Portugal has reacted promptly to the pandemic. It has found ways to tackle the challenges and boost recovery. Just last week, the World Travel & Tourism […]
17 June 2020
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Spain to open its EU borders on June 21st

On Sunday June 14th, Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced that on June 21st Spain will reopen its borders with the rest of the EU, […]
16 June 2020
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Tourism’s Restart Brings Hope for Millions

The global pandemic has put at risk millions of jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry, which have welcomed the measures taken in June to ease […]
15 June 2020

Portugal receives “Safe Travels” stamp

Portugal has received the “Safe Travels” global safety and hygiene stamp delivered by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) which aims to recognize governments and […]
15 June 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on travelers’ plans to visit Europe this summer

Results of the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer (LHTB) indicate that confidence for travel to Europe in summer 2020 is weak across all six markets monitored. What […]
15 June 2020
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Travel restrictions continue to be eased across EU countries

June 15th was the date set by the European Union to start reopening borders within the bloc. France decided to lift its restrictions and travelers from […]
15 June 2020
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190 million jobs could be lost in the Travel & Tourism sector

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel and tourism sector faces the risk of up to 190 million jobs being lost due to […]
15 June 2020

Spain, USA and Portugal with most bookings for this summer

As countries move into new phases of de-confinement, the tourism sector and international visitors seem to be preparing to take advantage of the summer season. According […]
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