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.

Will your summer holiday go ahead this year? Will Europe really be open for business during the summer tourism season? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    Who will stop us? The EU?
    How painful to view such a ridiculous picture! What is the message?

    Be grateful to the EU Suzerain allowing us a holiday, enjoying the outdoors & the sun (essential & free Vitamin D)- on the condition to wear a mask and a sun blocker- before finally succumbing to all political & medical Covid-19
    lunacy?

    Anyone propagating such science needs a basic lesson in “breathing” to clear all stale and poisonous gases from their system! Surprisingly, it will improve many bodily functions, cheap, simple & without a ventilator!

    https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/respiratory-clinical-archive/every-breath-you-take-the-process-of-breathing-explained-08-01-2018/

    Try and connect the exhaust from a car engine to its air intake and observe its performance. After the engine failed you rush & claim under the manufacturer’s warranty? Is that how life works?

    We only have one- which belongs to us- inclusive a lifetime warranty.

    Why would we need politicians & experts to tell us? What? Not everyone is oxygen-starved- yet!

  2. avatar
    Olivier

    Go back to normal life. We all over react

    • avatar
      Debating Europe

      Do you think European countries should lift their travel bans and make tourism possible?

    • avatar
      Olivier

      yes.. But they must control schengen border with temperature tests

    • avatar
      Ricardo

      tell that to all the families who lost someone to Corona virus…
      Words are what they are, but everyone should pick them better…

  3. avatar
    Dan

    Well unless you’ve got a weekend break on Mars booked this summer I don’t think there’s anywhere on this planet that will be safe, so my advice, stay home for this year, we can always meet up and vomit on the streets of Majorca next summer.

  4. avatar
    Chris Papanikolaou

    We already have very hot weather in Greece, meanwhile we did very well as concerned covid 19 so it’s necessary to have holidays.

  5. avatar
    Chris

    We already have very hot weather in Greece, meanwhile we did very well as concerned covid 19 so it’s necessary to have holidays.

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