Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou: “In this year’s tourist season, the big bet is health insurance. Strengthening the image of the Ionian Islands Region as a safe health destination will be our overwhelming advantage “
The need to take special measures – such as priority vaccinations and systematic tests – to protect all those working in the tourism industry in view of the start of the tourist season, the operation of the European Green Certificate and secure bilateral relations with other countries, as well as of the systematic controls at the country’s entrance gates , points out the Ionian Islands Regional Council, with its resolution, which passed by a majority in the meeting held by teleconference through the e : Presence platform . gov . gr on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
At the same time, this resolution emphasizes the importance of substantial information for the proper implementation of health protocols in all sectors of tourism, emphasizes the readiness of the Ionian Islands Region in terms of information programs , on the one hand, and specific crisis response plans. during the tourist season.
In conclusion, the Regional Council , with the resolution, which was submitted by the “Ionian Strong”, “Ionian Alliance” and “Ionian Initiative” factions and passed by a majority , calls on the Government to continue supporting businesses and employees, who affected by the Covid pandemic crisis 19.
The resolution of the Regional Council of the Ionian Islands, in the context of the discussion on “Preparing businesses and employees for the new tourist season. Measures of support from the state and the Region “, which was suggested by the Regional Governor , Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, states the following:
“Taking into account the great challenges of the resumption of tourism activity for businesses, employees, but also for the reliability of our tourist destination, while the Covid-19 epidemic has not yet been overcome.
- The Regional Council points out the need to take special measures for the protection of workers in the tourism sector, such as priority vaccinations and systematic tests in the workplace, as well as individually.
- It points out the need for the operation of the European Green Certificate, secure bilateral relations with tourist destination countries, as well as systematic checks at the entrance gates.
- Emphasizes the importance of essential information for the proper implementation of health protocols in all tourism sectors by entrepreneurs and employees. For this reason, the Region will offer a similar information program in collaboration with a higher education institution and with local seminars.
- The Ionian Islands Region is ready for the prevention, as well as the confrontation of any crisis during the tourist season, preparing a special plan and manual in collaboration with the local actors.
- It calls on the Government to continue to support businesses and workers with a specific focus on those who are particularly economically and socially vulnerable and affected by the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. “
At the suggestion of the subject, the Region of Ionian Islands, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou , highlighted the active role which it wishes and plans to have the Region of Ionian Islands in trying organization of the new environment, as it formed the basis of developments in pandemic Covid 19 at the beginning of the tourist season .
The Governor pointed out that the data regarding the beginning of the tourist season remain unclear, as they depend on the internal situation in the control of the spread of the coronavirus , but also on those that will apply in foreign countries regarding the certificates of vaccinated and mandatory tests in the countries of departure of tourists and their return.
“What is most important for travelers this year is the safety and certainty that they can have when visiting a destination that their health will not be endangered. This is the big bet for this year’s tourist season and this is exactly what can become our comparative advantage over our competition. “Because the Ionian Islands Region can enhance its image as a green, safe Region, with destinations where the pandemic is controlled”, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou emphasized characteristically .
The Regional Governor of the Ionian Islands stated that the Regional Authority is constantly informed by the competent bodies and is constantly recording the pandemic data, while emphasizing that the best will be done to facilitate the PCR test , in collaboration with EODY.
The Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou noted, moreover, that the Region of Ionian Islands in the previous period provided special information program in preparation for the implementation of health protocols in all tourism enterprises.
Regarding the start of this year’s tourist season, according to Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, the Region will support entrepreneurs and employees in the correct information for the implementation of the new protocols that will apply based on special action plans, according to its recommendations. EODY, and which will be reviewed according to developments. For the specific information program there is a forecast in the budget of the Ionian Islands Region for 2021, amounting to € 24,800. At the same time, the Regional Governor informed the council that an Action of € 50,000 has already been approved in the 2021 budget. As Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou pointed out, This reserve, which can be used in cases of emergency or unforeseen needs, such as this health crisis, which requires continuous and uninterrupted updating stakeholders through videoconferencing, training professionals and employees or the organization of seminars, like the webinar with on the analysis of the characteristics of the pandemic and how they affect entrepreneurship and the study of special measures and actions and the identification of the necessary resources, the preparation of which by the Ionian Islands Region is already underway.
The Region recommending the matter to the Regional Council meeting made particular reference to the support , which benefited businesses and workers in the tourism industry, both state aid and from the Ionian Islands Region through European and National Resources.
As Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou underlined , until today, for the support of businesses, freelancers and employees of the Ionian Islands Region, a total amount of € 538 million has been granted ( € 165 million in the Zakynthos Regional Unit, € 240 million in the Region Corfu Unit, € 88 million in the Regional Unit of Kefallinia & Ithaca and € 45 million in the Peripheral Unit of Lefkada).
At the same time, there is the liquidity support of € 14 million from the Ionian Islands Region through the NSRF, while the new call for liquidity support program of € 16 million to small businesses is being prepared, including KAD that were not included in the previous call. The Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou said, moreover, that the Region of Ionian Islands has contributed assigning almost 31 million. € ESPA PIN for strengthening of state aid to businesses and workers.