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European tourism industry calls on authorities not to introduce travel restrictions


The European tourism industry has called in a letter to the European Union authorities not to impose travel restrictions before the winter holidays

BRUSSELS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 22, 2021) The European tourism industry has called in a letter to European Union authorities not to impose travel restrictions before the winter holidays.

“In view of the latest epidemiological developments across Europe and with the Christmas season approaching, a large group of key travel and tourism stakeholders urge Member States to better coordinate and align their responses in this area. health and travel policy to avoid reimposing restrictions on freedom of movement across Europe, ”said the statement, shared by the European Travel Commission.

Lobbyists have warned that the new travel restrictions will negatively affect the already struggling European tourism industry by endangering up to 900,000 jobs and costing the sector around 35 billion euros ($ 40 billion) in 2021 and 143.7 billion euros if they remain for the majority of Next year.

At the same time, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in the current epidemiological situation, travel restrictions are ineffective in reducing virus transmission, hospitalizations or deaths, the statement added.

In addition, the consortium called on EU member states to align their COVID-19 responses and adopt a universal approach to vaccination, COVID passports, testing and other measures.

The declaration was signed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association (ETOA), as well as representatives of airlines, airports, cruise lines, tour operators and hotels.

The call comes after several European countries announced new COVID-19 restrictions following an increase in the number of new cases. As such, Austria imposed a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown from Monday.