Some 7.7 million tourists came to Turkey’s Mediterranean touristic hot spot of Antalya by air between Jan. 1 and Aug. 5, according to data released by the city’s governorate. The number of foreign tourists coming to the city, where healthy and safe tourism services are offered with the Safe Tourism Certificate, increased by 91% in […]


Greece will be welcoming one million travelers every week this period of summer, Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said. In July, travel arrivals exceeded 900,000 per week, he said, and added that nobody can doubt the excellent course of tourism in Greece so far. “This year, tourism proved to be Greece’s ‘heavy industry,’ which [is not […]


Planned EU aviation tax is unjust for Maltese travellers and Maltese tourism The past two years have been the most challenging for the tourism sector since it started out as an economic activity. During the pandemic, stakeholders understood that public health must take priority and complied with the measures introduced by the health authorities when […]


Fastest recovery was among younger tourists Tourism arrivals in June reached 243,956, which was 87.7 per cent of the arrivals in June 2019, before COVID-19 struck, the National Statistics Office said on Thursday. Total nights spent amounted to 1,577,969, which was 82.1 per cent of June 2019. The largest share of inbound tourists were aged […]


The EU Green Deal significantly increased the EU’s climate ambition and set unprecedented emission reduction targets to be reached over the next decades. In particular, the EU is aiming for a 55% decrease in emission levels by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The ultimate objective is to create the first climate neutral continent by 2050. […]


Malta, Cyprus and Ireland are resisting the EU’s proposal Air Malta warned on Wednesday that a plan to impose a tax on aviation fuel, currently being considered by the EU, will not bring about a moal shift in transport to peripheral islands like Malta, but only considerably raise costs and undermine the economy. Malta, as […]


EU agreement on Digital Policy Programme The EU Council and Parliament agreed on the monitoring and cooperation system of the 2030 Policy Programme: Path to the Digital Decade. The programme sets up a monitoring and cooperation system to achieve the common objectives and targets for Europe’s digital transformation set out in the 2030 Digital Compass […]


A lack of Russian tourists and the ongoing energy crisis have crippled tourism businesses in Cyprus, with the country set to lose an estimated €600 million in income. While Cyprus’ beaches are bustling with tourists returning after a difficult two years marred by the pandemic, one of the country’s biggest groups of visitors is missing […]


Istanbul Airport saw the most passenger traffic in all of Europe in June, welcoming just shy of 6 million passengers, according to data released by a European airport trade association on Wednesday. Passenger traffic was marginally down from its pre-pandemic level (1.7%) but was more than double – up 115.4% – from last year’s, data […]


An “exceptional” marine heat wave is gripping the western Mediterranean with surface temperatures up to 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than average, according to experts contacted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Although the record-breaking heatwave that baked northern Europe and Britain this month has subsided, the experts said the persistently hotter-than-normal temperatures in the […]

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