Sunday 31 May 2020

Greece keeps the Netherlands off its list of approved tourist providers

Greece keeps the Netherlands off its list of approved tourist providers

The Netherlands is not included in the official list of countries from where Greece will welcome tourists from June 15. Dutch airline Transavia said earlier in May it planned to resume flights to Athens and Crete from that date. While tourists from Germany, Denmark, Japan and China will be allowed into Greece, Europe’s worst affected countries, including the Netherlands, Italy, France and Spain are not yet welcome. This, the tourism ministry said, is because they do not currently fit the... More >

Third meat plant shut in coronavirus scare

A third meat processing plant in the Netherlands has been closed after tests showed a large number of workers were infected with coronavirus. This time, the Van Rooi Meat processing plant in Helmond, Noord-Brabant, was closed down after 21 out of 130 workers in a random trial had a positive test for Covid-19. Local health board officials carried out the because two food safety board officials who had worked at the plant were found to be infected. It is unclear... More >

Recycled plastic roads ready for rollout

Two successful trial runs of cycle paths made from recycled plastic waste have paved the way for larger scale projects in the Netherlands and abroad, the developers have said. KWS, plastic pipe maker Wavin and Total oil said on Thursday that after a 18 months of testing and developing, they now have a design suited for industrial production and that the technology is ready to be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2021. The first plastic cycle... More >

Troubled Hema may change hands again

Hedge funds and other investors who have put money into Dutch high street staple Hema are trying to take over ownership of the company in return for cancelling €300m worth of debt, the Financieele Dagblad and NRC said on Thursday. The investors have approached billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn, who took over the company in 2018, about the deal, the papers say. Combined they have debts of some €600m in Hema and are concerned that they may never be repaid because the... More >

'Many vouchers don't cover the full cost'

Many of the vouchers companies are offering customers as events and courses are cancelled because of coronavirus are not up to scratch and don’t meet agreed guidelines, Dutch consumer authority ACM said on Thursday. ‘Consumers have the right to get their money back if a company does not deliver a service,’ ACM consumer affairs director Edwin van Houten said. ‘But if companies have to pay everyone back in one go, many will go bust, and then there will be nothing... More >