The statements of the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, who refers to how tourism will reopen in Greece. The trips will be made only with “specific new rules”, the minister said as he prepares to suggest ways to save the sector with his EU counterparts in the Covid-19 era.
“If we want to think about the possibility of traveling this year, it has to be done with specific new rules,” says the tourism minister. “We need to have new rules in hotels, new rules in beaches, new rules in swimming pools, new rules in buffets, new rules in tourist buses,” he added.
Tourism in the European Union
Today, EU Tourism Ministers will discuss the new framework of regulations to be implemented in order to restart the industry, but under all necessary measures to prevent a second wave of pandemics. At the top of the agenda is “coronavirus certificates” as a precautionary measure. One meter will be the temperature that will be taken by the travelers, while it will be discussed that blood tests will be done before the travelers travel.
“We will push for a common agreement in the EU. We need new rules so that we can allow people to move from one country to another, whether from land, sea or air. Temporary rules that will make sense. For example, flights with 10 people on planes seem like a good measure since there are no flights “, commented Haris Theocharis.
Tourism in Greece.
Greece’s tourism minister predicts that the country could have “less than a third” of the tourists it hosted last year.
In 2019, Greece set a record 33 million arrivals, more than three times its total population, and doubled the number of the previous decade. The boom brought an unprecedented 18.2 billion euros – revenues that played a key role in reviving a long-troubled economy
Due to the mass cancellations, the Greek hotel chamber predicts that 65% of its members could be forced to declare bankruptcy. Christina Tetradi, who runs a resort on the Ionian island of Zakynthos and is vice president of the chamber, says any desire to revive tourism is also mitigated by concerns about keeping Greece without coronation cases. They are well aware of the dangers of quickly lifting travel restrictions. “No one wants to be accused of endangering staff or endangering lives.”