Opinion.


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.

15 April 2021

Me first attitude tarnishes the Brits

You may have noticed that this week, the UK took a giant step towards coming out of its latest corona virus lockdown. There was much rejoicing […]
9 April 2021

A smell of post-Covid-19 times: an intellectual rebel honoured by German conservatives

The debate about Covid-19 has a multitude of facets: one of the most important (nevertheless a quite neglected aspect), is the “post Covid-19” one. While the […]
9 April 2021

Are you thinking about Net Zero emission targets?

The UK is hosting COP26 in November and in preparation to this important assembly, the COP hosted a climate and development meeting. On listening in, the […]
7 April 2021

This summer parking places make way for terraces in Brussels

When the situation allows it, many Brusselers will again enjoy our great bars and restaurants.  Because there is no better place than a terrace and because we want to […]
6 April 2021

Learning from Africa

We can learn much about tourism in and from Africa – celebrating diversity and inclusiveness, growing the cake to create more value for neighbouring communities, living […]
6 April 2021

Why post-Brexit has embarrassed the EU over the vaccine roll out

Spare a thought, if you will, for the 450 million people who live on mainland Europe – they have been very badly let down over the […]
5 April 2021

Building a sustainable future for European travel

This past year has upended the entire travel industry. With ever-changing regulations and lockdowns, dwindling budgets, and fluctuating traveler comfort levels, it feels impossible to deploy […]
30 March 2021

Thinking about ecotourism in the Gorilla Highlands

Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is fundamental to our existence as humans. Stories enable us to make sense of our world and to share our understanding […]
30 March 2021

Covid-19 shows why united action is needed for more robust international health architecture

by Charles Michel, President European Council by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General by 24 world leaders* The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to […]
25 March 2021

Responsible Tourism and Slavery

Every year on 25 March is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor […]
23 March 2021

Enhancing the tourism ecosystem for the coming years

Covid-19 outbreak has paralysed the entire EU tourism sector, putting its ecosystem under unprecedented pressure. Former crisis show us that tourism and travel is the most […]
21 March 2021

5 Reasons why Responsible Travel matters

Any kind of tourism can be responsible, or irresponsible. Travellers can be responsible or irresponsible. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for […]
16 March 2021

What have I learnt from lockdown?

I live in a small town on the old Roman Watling Street between London and Dover, rather closer to Dover than London. In March last year, […]
12 March 2021

Is the right to travel still a human right?

According to United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13), everyone has the right to the freedom of movement and residence within the borders of […]
12 March 2021

Beautifying Addis Ababa as an Urban Tourism Site

The name Addis Ababa means “New flower”, and the project is to befit this name. The project, therefore, aims at making the capital city a tourist […]
9 March 2021

Can tourism make peace with nature?

At first sight, this is an odd question. Nature, wildlife, pristine natural habitats, birds, coral reefs, whales & dolphins and the charismatic mega fauna like the […]
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