Economy and Tourism

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2021
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5min30
Gürsu, a town in Turkey’s northwestern Bursa province, was shortlisted for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) 2022 competition. The list also includes two Danish cities, Middelfart and Thisted. The EDEN comprises regular competitions to select an emerging “destination of excellence” based on the commitment to social, cultural and environmental sustainability. The cities convinced the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 18, 2021
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4min54
A cross-agency recruitment campaign seeks to encourage citizens of other countries to visit Egypt for treatment. Egypt hopes to use its improving health sector to promote medical tourism, encouraging citizens of other African nations to visit Egypt for treatment. This topic was discussed at a Sept 2. meeting between Dr. Ahmed El-Sobky, President of the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 17, 2021
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3min56
The raging wildfires around the Mediterranean this summer highlighted the urgency of combating climate change. That is according to Jeremy Smith, co-founder of the Tourism declares a Climate Emergency coalition, who told the Evora ‘A World for Travel’ forum in Portugal yesterday: “We only have to look at the summer to see the consequences [of […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 17, 2021
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3min32
IATA has warned carriers face increasing “downside risks” despite its latest Airlines Financial Monitor reporting declining losses, with the global spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant threatening a tightening of restrictions. The association’s July-August monitor noted: “Concerns about the fast-spreading Delta variant resulted in a sharp decline in airline share prices at the beginning of […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 17, 2021
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3min48
Passenger traffic in the European airport network almost halved in July over the same period pre-pandemic 2019, new official figures reveal. Total came despite passenger volumes more than doubling during the month compared to July 2020 – at 133.4 million up from 57.4 million, according to European airport trade body, ACI Europe. Hubs and larger […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 17, 2021
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6min30
The Department for Transport has confirmed its new rules for international travel, with the traffic light system scrapped from October 4. A red list of countries will remain in place with anywhere else considered green. The amber list is to go. Eight countries are to be removed from the red list from 4am September 22, […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 16, 2021
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2min63
Greece recorded the lowest decreases in commercial flights in August 2021, compared to the same month in 2019, showing signs of recovery for its air transport sector, according to Eurostat. The EU’s statistical office on Tuesday released figures on commercial air transport in August with flights showing signs of recovery for the industry, which had […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 16, 2021
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2min64
Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and attracts a huge number of visitors every year. However, tourists reacted with a mix of surprise and disdain when they saw that the arch had been wrapped in silver-blue colored recyclable polypropylene fabric as a posthumous installation conceived by the late artist […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 16, 2021
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3min63
Royal Caribbean International has announced that the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, will sail in the Mediterranean next summer. The new mega-ship will sail from its home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean on March 4, 2022, before heading to Barcelona and Rome in May for the summer season. The cruise […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 16, 2021
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3min42
The EU’s Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday by the European Parliament. The amendments, reached after years of negotiations between EU institutions, underlined Europe’s intention to draw more highly qualified workers as competition heats up in many […]


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