European vacation spots remain open to Americans

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Despite new rules by the European Union to stop non-essential travel from the US, the region is in no hurry to block tourism from America, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

Although the EU’s recommendations are not binding, the report says major tourist destinations in countries like Spain and Greece have announced their intention not to close their doors to American tourists. Others, like France and Italy, haven’t changed their plans for American tourism either.

In many cases, European nations have allowed American tourists to enter without quarantine if they can demonstrate a COVID-19 vaccination, recovery from the virus, or a negative test result shortly before they leave, the report said. Europe decides how to deal with travel restrictions with the national governments instead of the EU institutions.

As a result, many countries have raised their tourism needs, with the absence of American visitors being painfully felt, on pandemic concerns, according to Repot.

But the more contagious Delta variant has led the EU to remove the US from its safe-to-travel list as the US variant grows exponentially while vaccination rates lag behind, the report said.

Interestingly, the US remains closed to non-essential travel from Europe, according to the report.

Before Delta’s arrival, consumers had been optimistic as the number of COVID-19 cases was low and people dared more early in summer. But harder months could come in the future. The shift has already become apparent as restaurant customers move away from shared public devices.

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The pandemic increased consumer use of digital devices and created a tangle of new web applications, loyalty programs, and third-party marketplaces as consumers had to avoid eating. But as dining out has returned more robustly, restaurants have the opportunity to perfect their omnichannel operations.

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