Roam close to home: Europe’s tourists play safe in pandemic
BERLIN (AP) — With weeks to go before the start of Europe’s summer vacation season, many countries are hoping travel restrictions will be lifted in time to give their economies a much-needed boost. Officials say travel bans and lockdowns are putting millions of jobs in the tourism industry at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. The dearth of tourists is particularly painful for some of the countries whose citizens and health care systems have suffered the most, like Spain and Italy. But even if borders reopen, travelers may decide to play it safe by vacationing close to home. Germany, the continent’s biggest source of tourists, is already seeing signs of a domestic travel boom.