Outbound Travel - Weekly News Updates 25-29 May 2020

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Your snapshot of travel news from around the world, shared weekly with our community of Chinese travel buyers on the official COTTM WeChat Group.

On May 25, some hotels in Egypt were reopened after meeting relevant conditions. In addition to the hotels in Cairo, more than 70 hotels in five provinces including the Red Sea, Alexandria and Cairo will be reopened. The reopening of hotels is a decision made by the Egyptian government to restart the domestic tourism industry.

The office of the National Economic and Social Development Commission of Thailand (NESDC) recently defined a loan of THB 400 billion to stimulate the economy and tourism recovery.

Dubai Tourism held an online meeting with their key airlines and hotel partners to discuss current and post epidemic tourism strategies and joint measures aimed at ensuring the gradual recovery of tourism.

On May 20, Haris Theoharis, Tourism Minister, said that from 15th June, Greece will allow tourists from some countries, including China, to enter according to epidemiological criteria.
Source:China Greece Times

Recently, Italy, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria and other countries and regions have announced that they will lift the lockdown and resume tourism. The European Commission also proposed in its guidelines and suggestions on tourism and transport that it would assist Member States to lift tourism restrictions and resume tourism this summer. China will gradually start outbound tourism only after it has basically resumed cross provincial tourism, and it is unlikely to recover overseas business in the short term.
Source:Beijing Business Today

With the gradual lifting of the lockdown in Europe, some countries are considering to establish the special "travel corridors" or "travel bubbles". The idea is for people from low infection countries to travel without having to endure 14 days of quarantine.

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