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Journalist and producer based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and tourism in Spain. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.

SPAIN HOTEL INSURANCE

Health insurance is set to overtake sea view, free parking and breakfast included as a perk for hotel guests traveling in the ‘post’ COVID-19 period. Over and above adherence to … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

HEALTH PASSPORTS

There is a gap of a month between the opening of borders in Europe and the proposed availability of a UNWTO-backed health passport which aims to facilitate health-safe travel by … Continue reading

July 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

TOURISM: RISKY BUSINESS

It’s a risky gamble. Should countries re-activate foreign tourism before an international test and contact trace system is in place? Last year 1.5 billion people made trips for tourism. 2020 … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S ALLOWED IN SPAIN THIS WEEK?

There are four phases from lockdown to the new normality in post-COVID Spain, and on May 25 almost half the country advanced from 1 to 2. So what does that … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

SPAIN HOTELS HEALTH & SAFETY

What is being done to protect tourists in Spain? A lot, is the answer. See my overview in The Guardian. The Spanish government released a set of protocols for 21 … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

TIMETABLE TO A NEW NORMAL

Spain has a 4-phase plan for easing restrictions. The idea is that we reach a new normal by July 1. This is how it looked on May 11. Every two … Continue reading

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

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