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European Travel Commission (ETC) is calling on EU governments to better coordinate their COVID-19 recovery efforts by adopting a harmonised approach to lifting or reinstalling restrictions and safety measures, as tourism confidence plummets to a record low across the continent.

Johanna Bonhill-Smith, travel and tourism analyst, GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company offers her view on the TUI shop closures in the UK.  

According to Bonhill-Smith, this move from TUI UK is unsurprising after the European travel giant already declared initiatives to digitise operations in its half year results earlier this year. With 45 percent of global tourists opting to buy more products online in a post-pandemic world, it is likely that more UK travel agents will evaluate their brick and mortar strategies and make this move to trim costs at a time when demand has not yet returned. 

Bavaria-based Outdooractive, Europe’s largest outdoor portal for hiking, cycling, mountain biking and skiing, has acquired UK-based ViewRanger, featuring a range of additional destinations and exceptional routes and trails, across the globe.

Hotelbeds, one of the world’s leading bedbank, has reported the launch of a partnership with RateGain, a market leader in hospitality and travel technology solutions.

Hotelbeds, one the world´s leading bedbanks, has recently published an in-depth report into the bedbank sector.

Hotelbeds, one of the world’s leading bedbank, has announced that it has been certified for the second consecutive year as a Carbon Neutral Organisation by Cabon Fooprint, an independent body that accredits carbon management measurements and best practices for businesses, by offsetting companies CO2 emissions.