– Simplification of visa rules for long-term markets- Reduction or waiver of taxes from passengers- Support to destinations, by increasing the budget for the needs of promotion, marketing and product development as soon as they are ready to welcome visitors again. “The Alliance of European Tourism Manifestos welcomes the immediate response presented by the European Commission on 13 March to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. We call for the urgent implementation of these measures, which should be reinforced by additional instruments focused on the tourism sector. Measures are now needed to strengthen the sector’s resilience in the long term and prepare for a speedy recovery from this unprecedented crisis”Emphasize from ETM. European Tourism Manifesto Alliance (ETM), the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, which brings together more than 50 European public and private tourism organizations, issued a statement on the implementation of emergency measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the sector: The European Tourism Manifesto Alliance calls on the European Commission and national governments to swiftly implement the following emergency measures: In order to guarantee a speedy recovery after the crisis, the ETM calls for the implementation of additional measures: – Temporary state support of national governments for the tourism and travel sector- Quick and easy access to short- and medium-term loans to overcome liquidity shortages, including funds made available by the EU through the Corona Virus Response Initiative- Fiscal relief (both in the source market and at the destination level), starting from small and medium enterprises to economic entities of all sizes- Protection of workers from unemployment and loss of income (short-term work programs, improvement and retraining programs) and support for self-employed stakeholders in tourism- Rapid launch of the European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme- Postponement of fiscal and social contributions- Adopt the temporary abolition of airport slots- Support for action for the wider field of culture (art and heritage)- better coordination between national authorities in terms of harmonizing travel advice with the affected regions and requirements for travelers returning from those areas. The effects of the pandemic outbreak are already being felt throughout the world economy. Economic activity has declined, and all evidence points to a significant decline in areas affected by the virus. Tourism and the tourism sector are particularly affected. There are currently millions of jobs at stake, with many SMEs at risk of closure. Support for tourism must be a priority in the crisis response, recovery plans and actions of the affected economies, they point out in their statement from ETM.
Press Association Aidan O’Brien’s colt has been the subject of strong support for the premier Classic and will now have the assistance of a world-class jockey. Giovanni Canaletto, who finished second on his seasonal bow in a Group Three at the Curragh on May 24, is around the 8-1 mark for the Derby. Coolmore tweeted that Joseph O’Brien will ride stablemate Kilimanjaro, while Hans Holbein is the mount of Seamie Heffernan. Moore has also been given the go-ahead to ride the O’Brien-trained Tapestry in the Investec Coronation Cup. Coolmore have firmed up plans for the Investec Oaks on Friday too. Joseph O’Brien gets the leg-up on Together Forever, with Heffernan on Diamondsandrubies and Colm O’Donoghue on Qualify. Fellow Coolmore filly Legatissimo, trained by David Wachman, is also set to run in the Oaks after she claimed the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in the hands of Moore. Ryan Moore will partner plunge horse Giovanni Canaletto in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.