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Greece, Italy, Norway and Germany call for common EU measures to support tourism sector

Featured Greece, Italy, Norway and Germany call for common EU measures to support tourism sector

The Greek Tourism Conderation (SETE), along with the associations from Germany, Italy and Norway cosigned a letter sent to Thierry Breton, European Commissioner of Internal Market and President of EC Tourism Committee, requesting a package of measures for the immediate support of the sector and the adoption of common health and safety protocols in travel.

Among other things, the letter calls for:

-The setting up of a clear framework within the EU for tourism-related service providers (airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies, tour operators, etc.) to offer vouchers as compensation for cancelled bookings while protecting consumer rights.

-Extensive use of European funds to support the tourism industry, including direct funding. These funds should encourage “smart” / digital systems sustainability and development practices to reduce the pandemic and develop the tourism industry.

-An global campaign to promote the EU as the No. 1 destination for international travel

-Reduction of VAT, if possible at zero, in services and products in the tourism industry throughout 2021.