Covid-19: Portugal hopes summer tourist season can be saved

Portugal has seen relatively few cases of coronavirus compared to its neighbours, but Covid-19 and the resulting lockdown have dealt a heavy economic blow. The country is highly dependent on tourism, which makes up nearly a quarter of its GDP. Nevertheless, Portugal is hoping the summer season can still be saved. In hotels, airports and on beaches, various measures are being … Read more Covid-19: Portugal hopes summer tourist season can be saved

Coronavirus crisis: govt borrowing hits record level – BBC News

Government borrowing has surged to its highest level on record, underlining the scale of the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deficit, the difference between government spending and tax receipts, soared to more than £62 billion in April, due to the level of financial support provided by the Treasury, to help businesses and … Read more Coronavirus crisis: govt borrowing hits record level – BBC News

France tourism looks to reopen as coronavirus restrictions ease

Spain and Greece are looking to reopen for tourism this summer but across Europe, the entire sector is preparing for a tough season. While some restrictions are being eased, it is expected to take until 2021 for the number of foreign visitors to rebound. The French government has yet to decide when borders, hotels, restaurants … Read more France tourism looks to reopen as coronavirus restrictions ease

Coronavirus: Greece to start tourist season in mid-June – BBC News

The Greek tourist season will kick off next month, with international charter flights to popular locations resuming in July, the prime minster says. “The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address on Wednesday. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of the [Covid-19] crisis,” … Read more Coronavirus: Greece to start tourist season in mid-June – BBC News

Tears inside Milan’s coronavirus quarantine hotel – BBC News

Ten weeks after imposing the world’s first national lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic, Italy is reopening shops, restaurants and hairdressers, and restarting church services. It marks the country’s next stage of recovery. As cases have dropped, some hotels have taken in people infected with the virus who need to be isolated to further stop the … Read more Tears inside Milan’s coronavirus quarantine hotel – BBC News

COVID-19 allegations | Hotels demolished in Nigeria for ‘lockdown breaches’

Two hotels in Nigeria’s Rivers State were demolished after allegations emerged that #COVID19-positive people were residing at hotels, though it’s not clear whether they had stayed in either of the two razed hotels. The managers of both hotels, who have been arrested, claimed public officials had demanded bribes to keep the premises open. Subscribe to … Read more COVID-19 allegations | Hotels demolished in Nigeria for ‘lockdown breaches’

Vietnam’s Cooking School of Hope | 101 East

Vietnam is famous for its delicious food. But at a cooking school in Hanoi, the focus is on more than filling stomachs. For the teenagers who attend KOTO, an internationally recognised hospitality boarding school in the Vietnamese capital, the kitchen offers a path out of poverty – one dish at a time. “My parents both … Read more Vietnam’s Cooking School of Hope | 101 East

FBI Seizes Sen. Richard Burr’s Phone in Investigation Over Stock Sales: Report

FBI agents seized the mobile phone of Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as part of an investigation into stock sales, according to a published report. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and three other senators sold holdings after receiving closed-door briefings on Capitol Hill early this year about the emerging threat … Read more FBI Seizes Sen. Richard Burr’s Phone in Investigation Over Stock Sales: Report

French PM Philippe unveils ‘unprecedented’ 18-billion-euro rescue plan for tourism

The French government unveiled its “Marshall plan” for the country’s tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and the resulting shutdown in tourist attractions and hotels. “It constitutes a pledge of more than €18 billions of financial aid from the state”, PM Edouard Philippe announced. France is the World’s No 1 … Read more French PM Philippe unveils ‘unprecedented’ 18-billion-euro rescue plan for tourism

French PM Philippe unveils 18-billion-euro rescue plan for tourism sector

The French government unveiled its “Marshall plan” for the country’s tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and the resulting shutdown in tourist attractions and hotels. “It constitutes a pledge of more than €18 billion of financial aid from the state”, PM Edouard Philippe announced. France is the World’s No 1 … Read more French PM Philippe unveils 18-billion-euro rescue plan for tourism sector

French PM Édouard Philippe confirms €1.3 billion investment plan to aid tourism industry

The French government on Thursday unveiled a €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) investment plan for the country’s tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and the resulting shutdown in tourist attractions and hotels. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our … Read more French PM Édouard Philippe confirms €1.3 billion investment plan to aid tourism industry

Red Sea Hotels Reopening And ‘Ready’ For Tourists To Return

Egypt’s Red Sea resorts and hotels have been preparing to reopen for domestic tourism at a limited capacity after being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. The government is allowing hotels to reopen starting May 15, but at a low capacity and only for domestic tourists. Hotels can only open after they obtain a safety … Read more Red Sea Hotels Reopening And ‘Ready’ For Tourists To Return

Hong Kong Uses Virus Rules to Stop Protests Even as Bars Fill Up

Hong Kong’s central bar district returned to relative normalcy this weekend, with crowds of revelers taking advantage of eased social distancing rules even as fresh pro-democracy protests flared across the city. While police largely left the packed bars alone, when it came to activists, they aggressively enforced a coronavirus-related restriction on gatherings of more than … Read more Hong Kong Uses Virus Rules to Stop Protests Even as Bars Fill Up