2020 is predicted to be an absolute scorcher. As climate change makes extreme weather events (including heatwaves) more likely, meteorologists believe summer 2020 is likely to be one of the warmest years on record. So, will we all be on the beach getting facemask tanlines come July? Or will everyone be stuck roasting indoors?
The EU Commission has promised Europe will have a summer tourism season. As the weather heats up, borders will hopefully be slowly opened in a “phased” manner, gradually easing travel bans for different sectors of the economy at different speeds.
Europe is the most popular tourist destination on the planet. In 2019, there were an estimated 1.5 billion international tourists, with over half of them visiting Europe. The most-visited destinations in Europe were France, Spain, and Italy – all countries badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Nobody wants to be like the mayor from the movie Jaws, endangering people’s lives for the sake of the economy. Yet, at the same time, it can’t be denied that cancelling the summer holiday season would be a huge blow. Almost 10% of total employment in the EU comes from the tourism sector. In addition, tourism represents fully 10% of the European Union’s annual GDP, generating €342 billion in 2016.
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