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Voice of America 21 May 2020

As Lockdowns Ease, Europe Looks to Boost Summer Tourism


The EU aims to boost pan-European tourism and revive a major economic driver #tourism

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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 and cafes will fully reopen. Last week the Prime Minister announced a tourism rescue plan worth more than $19bn.

Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler reports from Paris.
Restrictions of movement in Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, have been eased to allow children outside for the first time in six weeks.

Spain has had one of Europe's strictest lockdowns but the government hopes to ease measures further to let everyone exercise outside.

On Sunday, the country reported its lowest daily death toll since 20 March - 288. The health ministry said the total number of fatalities now stood at 23,190.

Kate Walder, who lives in Madrid, filmed her family both during the lockdown and as they ventured out again after 42 days inside.

Video produced by Kate Vandy and Maarten Lernout

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