# Tourism

A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier tape to set a secure social distance space at the Nord Beach in Gandia, near Valencia on July 1, 2020. - The European Union reopened its borders to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier […]

Spain foreign tourist arrivals fell 75% in July

Foreign tourist arrivals in Spain plummeted by 75% year-on-year in July despite the reopening of borders in the world's second-most popular tourist destination, official figures show
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, on the south coast of England, as temperatures head towards a predicted 37C on August 7, 2020. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
Beachgoers pack the beach in Brighton, o […]

Europeans warned not to forget virus as temperatures soar

Sun-seekers flocked to beaches as parts of western Europe baked in a heatwave, but authorities urged people to avoid crowded areas and wear masks over concerns at rising numbers of coronavirus cases
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictured during an AFP interview at her home in Madrid on June 25, 2020. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
Honduran woman, Sonia Herrera, 52, pictu […]

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Many workers' lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP)
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsota […]

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been praised for his government's response to COVID-19 but tackling the economic impact of the lockdown will be the true test of his leadership, analysts say
A Lufthansa Airbus A350 takes off from Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on June 3, 2020. Photo: Christophe Stache / AFP
A Lufthansa Airbus A350 takes off from F […]

Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

After coronavirus lockdowns that brought civil aviation to near halt, air traffic is slowly resuming in Europe as borders reopen but tens of thousands of jobs are still hanging in the balance
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020 as EU member state citizens and those from the passport-free Schengen zone were allowed freely into Spain, with no 14-day quarantines required following a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
Tourists arrive at Son Sant Joan airport […]

EU to open borders to ‘safe’ countries as pandemic accelerates

The European Union has agreed to reopen its borders to 15 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide
Aircrafts of German airline Lufthansa are seen at "Franz-Josef-Strauss" airport in Munich, southern Germany, on June 25, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - German airline Lufthansa was poised to clear a key shareholder vote on its nine billion euro ($10 billion) state rescue on June 25, 2020, boosted by the EU's green light and the last-minute backing of a billionaire investor who had the power to veto the plan. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)
Aircrafts of German airline Lufthansa ar […]

Aviation, automobiles and other virus victims

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated several industries, from aviation and automobiles to retail and energy. Who are the major casualties, amid all the layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans?
People enjoy the sun at Carcavelos beach in Cascais in the outskirts of Lisbon on May 26, 2020 as temperatures rise and the Portuguese government loosens a lockdown put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)
People enjoy the sun at Carcavelos beach […]

New virus curbs spark fears for tourism in Portugal

Portugal has reimposed restrictions in and around the capital Lisbon to check fresh coronavirus outbreaks, prompting fears the summer tourist season will take a major hit