The U.S. government lifted its travel ban on all vaccinated international visitors from 33 countries on Monday, now fully accepting travelers at airports and land borders.
As long as the traveler has proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, travel will be free to the United States.
The move is hailed by those in Europe as Europeans can now enter the United States, weeks ahead of the holiday season. The European Union had asked member countries to reopen their borders to U.S. travelers in June and had expected the U.S. to soon reciprocate. It took longer, however, for the U.S. to reciprocate the lift for Europeans.
What does this mean for the global travel industry and what are the impacts on the global economy? We’ll discuss more in-depth with Julia SIMPSON, President & CEO at The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on Zoom. Thank you for joining us.
How much impact do you expect this U.S. travel ban lift will have on the global economy? And for the travel industry across the world?
As long-time airline industry expert, as executive committee member of the International Airlines Group (IAG), do you see any safety issues inside the flights regarding the spread of the virus?
American and British Airways are ramping up London service and they expect to get closer to a pre-pandemic schedule in early 2022. How visible are the moves you're seeing in the tourism sector? Are airlines in Europe immediately increasing number of flights to the U.S.?
How severely has the tourism industry been affected by COVID-19? (Backed by facts and figures)
How quickly do you expect the tourism industry to recover from the pandemic?
Julia Simpson, President & CEO at the World Travel & Tourism Council live for us from London. Thanks for speaking with us tonight. We appreciate it.