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European Tourism Sector calls for solidarity and support to China

Monday, 24 February 2020
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European Tourism Sector calls for solidarity and support to China


The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, had issued the following statement on the COVID-19 outbreak's impact on EU-China tourism cooperation.  

From higher education to retail, hospitality to transportation, the social and economic impact of COVID-19 crisis on travel and tourism illustrates the importance of Europe’s relationship with China.

The strong mutual interest in both cultural and commercial exchange between China and Europe was shown by the EU-China Year of Tourism in 2018. We must draw on its legacy in this difficult time to ensure that Chinese visitors are welcome and respected throughout Europe. From expedited visa facilitation to attractive offers, public and private sectors must collaborate to enable and support a strong recovery.

Public safety is the prime concern of governments, and we recognise the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, with the strong support of the UNWTO. Travel restrictions that exceed such recommendations may cause unnecessary alarm, disruption and adverse economic impact across all sectors.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the European Tourism Manifesto alliance:

  • Offers a message of solidarity and support to China and the Chinese people;
  • Reaffirms the importance of respect and welcome among the European travel and tourism community;
  • Recognises the scope of the impact of the crisis across all sectors;
  • Urges an evidence-based approach to travel restrictions, while taking the necessary and appropriate measures to ensure the protection of public health;
  • Encourages a cross-sectoral strategic plan for recovery.

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Shane Bradley - Hume Brophy Communications - [email protected] - Ph: +32 (0)2 234 6860