How banning US travelers affects Europe’s tourism industry

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Santorini, Greece is a popular tourist destination. But now the European Unions says U.S. tourists may no longer come to the region due to surges in coronavirus cases. Photo by Amy Ta.

More than 17 million Americans traveled to Europe in 2018, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office.

But the European Unions now says U.S. tourists may no longer come to the region due to surges in coronavirus cases. The EU is also banning visitors from Brazil, Russia, and many other countries.

The ban is already costing Europe a lot of money. It’s projected that their economy will lose billions of dollars.

Credits

Guest:
Tamara Thiessen - Forbes travel contributor, freelance journalist

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Kathryn Barnes