The European tourism sector, which accounts for around 10 percent of the continent’s gross domestic product, is concerned about the new measures put in place due to the surge in coronavirus infections.
This Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex met with representatives of the country’s ailing tourism industry.
Didier Chenet is the President of the Groupement National des Indépendants: “Normally at that time there were more than 50 to 60 percent of reservations in the mountains. Today it’s not even ten percent. There are hotels in the mountains that are thinking of not opening, and not just in small towns. So we really are, I would like to say … in intensive care! “
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Legal action against blocking regulations
The UK hospitality industry said it would take legal action to stop the new local lockdown regulations. Pubs, clubs and other venues could be forced to close.
The industry organization Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said there was no evidence that restaurants contributed to the spread of Covid-19.
Manager Miguel Monteiro said: “At this point it would be disastrous for our economy if it were to shut down again to enter a new lockdown, we have to evaluate the situation gradually.”
Reluctance among Germans
Only every fifth German wants to travel in autumn and winter. This was the result of a survey by the polling institute YouGov. Eight percent are planning a trip abroad, twelve percent want to stay in Germany.