Rising delta variant dampen Europe’s tourism hope

Published on : Friday, July 2, 2021

Even though not a complete failure, the summer tourism season very important to the southern Europe’s economies will be less than sizzling as the coronavirus with Delta strain spreads and travel obstacles keep British and other sun-seekers inside their homes.


On Thursday, a European Union COVID-19 travel certificate was introduced. This could help few to go for trips but arrivals to tourist hotspots from Portugal to Croatia is expected to be losing on normal levels, putting businesses and hospitality jobs at major risk.


“The recovery of tourism in Portugal has come to a halt,” Raul Martins, head of the country’s AHP hotel association explained of new travel restrictions from Britain and Germany, normally profitable markets for Portugal’s beaches, restaurants and clubs.


The fast-spreading Delta variant of coronavirus is rising the number of cases in the Algarve’s tourist magnet Albufeira and is to blame for over half of new infections in Lisbon.

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