Some 900,000 jobs in the industry are at risk if the restrictions are returned and a sum of 35 billion euros could be erased from the continent’s economy
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) fEuropean Travel Commission (ETC), urged EU member states to adapt their responses to the deteriorating Corona morbidity situation and to refrain from imposing any restrictions on freedom of movement across Europe. According to them, the restrictions do not have health benefits, but they can have a huge negative economic impact on the region.
According to a recent study by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), some 900,000 jobs in the industry are at risk if the restrictions are returned and a sum of 35 billion euros could be wiped out of the continent’s economy by the end of the year.
Julia Simpson (Julia Simpson), President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said: “We urgently need to restore confidence in travel and not create further uncertainty. It is vital that we have a properly coordinated response across the EU that both businesses and travelers can understand. Vaccine distribution across the EU is among the best in the world with a vaccine of 65% of the population. We can not afford to cancel all the progress made this year. This will have catastrophic consequences for jobs and livelihoods. “
“Although we fully recognize that the protection of public health is of paramount importance, we call on all EU member states to continue to use the EU’s digital vaccine certificate, which has successfully allowed fully vaccinated people to travel safely and freely,” Julia concluded.
Luis Araujo (Luís Araújo), President of the European Travel Commission, added: “As the cold months approach and some European countries face an aggravating epidemiological situation, we call on EU governments to work together to ensure freedom of movement across Europe. We must avoid further uncertainty or fragmentation. With the high vaccination rates, the EU vaccine certificate and strict safety protocols, a safe ride is definitely possible. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, EU citizens need clear and coherent rules. “
Last year, a study by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that more than two million jobs in the travel and tourism industry were lost across the EU, and the latest study finds that if 2022 large-scale restrictions are enforced, another three million will be at stake. After 18 months in which economies around the world have already been hit by the corona plague, the WTTC study also shows that if restrictions remain in place for most of next year, it could result in a loss of more than € 143 billion to the EU economy.
Source: IAS by www.ias.co.il.
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