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Eduardo Santander is the Executive Director of the European Travel Commission (ETC), an association of NTOs created in 1948 to promote Europe as a tourism destination. In this role, Mr Santander steers ETC’s activities aimed at building the value of tourism for the countries of Europe through cooperation in sharing best practices, market intelligence and promotion. Mr Santander has over 15 years of experience in tourism marketing, brand development, business consulting, advocacy and public affairs. Mr Santander is a passionate advocate of freedom to travel, smart connectivity and sustainability in tourism and beyond.

17 January 2022

Europe’s travel & tourism in 2022: Beyond uncertainty there is hope

For two years now Europe’s travel and tourism sectors have been battling uncertainty due to Covid-19. While the situation is nowhere near as bleak as spring […]
17 January 2022

Bill Gates: “Once the Omicron variant passes, Covid will be more like the seasonal flu”

Bill Gates believes that the Covid-19 pandemic is entering its final phase, and that after the peak of the Omicron variant the coronavirus will be treated […]
16 January 2022

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination in Austria as of 1 February

1. Mandatory vaccination After preliminary warnings, Austria is about to become the first European country introducing mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. The measure should apply as of 1 […]
14 January 2022

KLM adds 0.5% Sustainable Aviation Fuel for flights departing from Amsterdam

As of this week KLM will start adding 0.5% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for flights departing from Amsterdam. In addition, the airline will offer its customers […]
14 January 2022

9.4 million passengers at Brussels Airport in 2021, 39% more than in 2020

In 2021, Brussels Airport welcomed almost 9.4 million passengers, that is 39% more than in the crisis year 2020, but a decline of 64% compared to […]
13 January 2022

Portugal is the best country to work remotely, says Momondo

1. Portugal at the top Portugal ranked as the best country in the world for remote work, scoring high in all categories including climate, social life, […]
13 January 2022

Italy’s tourism industry sees a staggering job shortfall as 1 in 7 jobs remains unfill

A new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed a massive labour shortfall, with 263,000 direct Travel & Tourism jobs in Italy remaining unfilled by […]
13 January 2022

Covid Safe Ticket likely to be extended in Brussels until mid-April

The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) may be extended in Brussels until mid-April. This was approved by the parliamentary Health Committee on Tuesday January 11th, Belgian news […]
13 January 2022

Emirates closes A380 on-board lounges to curb Covid-19 spread

1. Temporary refusal Air passengers travelling on A380 planes from Emirates won’t be allowed to enjoy the on-board bar and lounge, the airline announced, in a […]
13 January 2022

Brussels Airlines CEO Peter Gerber: “We expect to be profitable again as from next year”

The past year has been a challenging one for Brussels Airlines. Ten months at the helm of the Belgian airline, CEO Peter Gerber gave an interview […]
12 January 2022

Portugal’s tourism industry faces job shortfall of 85,000 this year

A new analysis of staff shortages by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed a significant labour shortfall in Portugal, with 85,000 Travel & Tourism jobs […]
12 January 2022

Ryanair solves Lufthansa’s ghost flight problem: “Just sell the seats at low fares”

Ryanair has today called on the European Commission to ignore Lufthansa’s false claims about operating “ghost flights” just so they can “block” their slots and protect […]
12 January 2022

This is how 2022 will look for commercial aviation

Following the publication of Eurocontrol’s 2021 report and 2022 forecast on the evolution of European traffic, everything seems to indicate a gradual recovery in global aviation. […]
12 January 2022

Marie Audren: “We can’t underestimate the key role tourism and hospitality have within EU economy”

Two years on and the effects of the pandemic are still being felt in the economy, the health sector, tourism, and people’s psychological well-being. Omicron has […]
12 January 2022

Heathrow suffers record drop in passenger traffic

Heathrow London airport suffered a drastic drop in passenger traffic in 2021, recording figures below those of 2020. According to figures published by the Civil Aviation […]
11 January 2022

60,950 young people will receive a free ticket to visit Europe

The Commission announced on 6 January the results of its latest round of applications for DiscoverEU that was launched in October 2021. From the 333,728 young […]
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