Culture and tourism recovery post Covid-19 hit by lock-downs

The restored Alexandra Palace Theatre (pre Covid-19 - image from FCB Studios)

Future Cities Forum this week discussed the future of the cultural tourism post the pandemic in the light of new Coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

The Director of the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Marko Daniel, spoke about the experience of coming out of lock-down and then re-imposed restrictions in the city affecting visitors to the famous art museum and sculpture garden on Mont Juic, while the Chief Executive of Alexandra Palace and its 196 acres of parkland, Louise Stewart, defended London as a place where cultural tourism would survive the affects of the virus and Birmingham Royal Ballet's Chief Operating Officer, Anna Williams described the issues of taking ballet 'to the streets' where city visitors might feel safer in the open air.

Today the BBC reported that Westminster Abbey is down £12 million in revenue this year and is set to make about 20% of its staff redundant as a result of the lock-down. Meanwhile new quarantine rules for