Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond

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Series Details COM (2020) 550
Publication Date 13/05/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 13 May, setting out the overall strategy for the tourism and transport sectors in the aftermath of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected societies to great extent, in particular those infected and those in the frontlines, but also businesses and families at large due to the restrictions imposed upon everyone. Understandably, there is great desire for rest and fresh air along with a safe and coordinated return to some normality.

This Communication and related initiatives aim at offering guidance so the European tourism ecosystem - including travel, transport, accommodation, food, recreation and culture - is able to mitigate the impact of the virus outbreak and its aftermath. The need for such framework arises from the social and economic importance of this sector to so many regions and cities across the European Union (EU).

The package of initiatives is about helping Member States to lift confinement measures and resume businesses, work and social life, in line with epidemiological and public health criteria. It builds on the Joint European Roadmap towards lifting coronavirus containment measures. The framework is based on common, objective and nondiscriminatory principles, criteria and recommendations to guide Member States and all relevant stakeholders.

This Communication is a part of a package of initiatives and recommendations, which also include:

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Politico, 12/05/2020: Schengen proves hard to reboot after system meltdown
Forbes, 13/05/2020: How Europe Is Opening Up For Safe Summer Travel
Euro|topics, May 2020: Summer holidays: EU Commission presents guidelines

The Guardian, 12/05/2020: EU could reopen borders to tourists in Covid-19 recovery plan
BBC News, 13/05/2020: We will have summer tourist season, promises EU
Euronews, 13/05/2020: Summer holiday rescue package? EU set out plan to save your vacation
EurActiv, 13/05/2020: Commission proposes gradual lifting of borders, in bid to save Europe’s summer
RTÉ News, 13/05/2020: EU seeks to reopen borders for summer
Reuters, 13/05/2020: EU pushes to reopen borders for summer tourism amidst coronavirus
Politico, 13/05/2020: Flying post coronavirus: Compulsory masks and no airport goodbyes

European Commission: Press Release, 13/05/2020: Tourism and transport: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond
European Commission: Questions and Answers, 13/05/2020: Tourism and Transport Package
European Commission: Speech by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Tourism and Transport Package, 13 May 2020
European Commission: Speech by Commissioner Breton on the Tourism & Transport Package, 13 May 2020

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