The European Tourism Manifesto alliance has issued a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak’s impact on EU-China tourism cooperation:
"We offer our solidarity and support to China and the Chinese people during an exceptionally challenging time, and commit to work with our partners in Europe and Asia to that end."
"From higher education to retail, hospitality to transportation, the social and economic impact of COVID-19 crisis on travel and tourism illustrates the importance of Europe’s relationship with China."
"The strong mutual interest in both cultural and commercial exchange between China and Europe was shown by the EU-China Year of Tourism in 2018. We must draw on its legacy in this difficult time to ensure that Chinese visitors are welcome and respected throughout Europe. From expedited visa facilitation to attractive offers, public and private sectors must collaborate to enable and support a strong recovery."
"Public safety is the prime concern of governments, and we recognize the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, with the strong support of the UNWTO. Travel restrictions that exceed such recommendations may cause unnecessary alarm, disruption and adverse economic impact across all sectors."
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the European Tourism Manifesto alliance
* offers a message of solidarity and support to China and the Chinese people
* reaffirms the importance of respect and welcome among the European travel and tourism community
* recognizes the scope of the impact of the crisis across all sectors
* urges an evidence-based approach to travel restrictions, while taking the necessary and appropriate measures to ensure the protection of public health
* encourages a cross-sectoral strategic plan for recovery.
Being one of the over 50 supporting organizations of the European Tourism Manifesto alliance, Travelport’s Mark Meehan, GVP and Managing Director, APACMEA & Global Operators, said: “China is a hugely important destination for tourism and global business and we’re proud to stand with our European Tourism Manifesto partners in sending this message of solidarity to our friends, customers and partners in China. Travel is about bringing the world closer together and our industry needs to use our shared foundation of support and respect during this challenging time.”
The European Tourism Manifesto alliance gathers more than 50 European public and private organizations, covering the whole tourism value chain and beyond. The alliance calls on the European Union for action on key policy priorities for the tourism sector.