Romania and Cyprus are the most affected countries in European Union by the fall of tourism!

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a huge hit to the intern tourism but also to the international one. This is by far the worst crisis that international tourism has faced since records began. The consequences are various, with millions of jobs at risk in one of the most labor-intensive sectors of the economy.

At Member States level, we are talking about a 68% fall in international tourist arrivals in 2020 compared to 2019, while Romania and Cyprus recorded a decline of over 80% when compared with 2019 figures (Eurostat data). The European Parliament wants to change this numbers rapidly.

The Post-Pandemic Tourism Recovery

The situation has already been discussed in the Committee on Transport and Tourism.

,,It is obvious that we have to boost domestic tourism and we can do that by promoting rural destinations, local gastronomy and craftsmanship traditions. But in the same time we need to invest in transport infrastructure. Tourism has been hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic, but with our help it can become the engine of economic recovery for Romania and European Union”, was the message transmitted by the MEP Vlad Gheorghe.

The public debate about the recovery of international tourism follows several ideas. The contribution of vaccine certificates and stimulating the domestic tourism by investing in biodiversity and local culture. These measures could ensure a resilient and sustainable tourism recovery. Tourism that supports communities, creates jobs, promotes culture, protects heritage and its transmission.

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The Recovery and Resilience Facility is a key instrument that will help Romania and other Member States to use European funds in domains that could ease the development of tourism.