By the end of May, the ” white list ” of Greece with the countries from which tourists will be able to come is expected to be published .
Speaking to ITV News, the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis , stressed that so far, the epidemiological data that exist in Great Britain for the coronavirus, do not allow the tourists of this country to visit Greece.
“I think there are different terms for the UK based on the country’s epidemiological data on the coronavirus, so I don’t think it will be on the white list.”
It is possible that this list will be enriched with other countries, while states that do not currently have good epidemiological data will change.
Continuing, Harry Theocharis answered in the affirmative to the question whether Greece will wait for the British indices to improve in order to allow the British to come to the country.
According to ITV News , the first wave of tourists from abroad includes the countries of the Balkans, the Baltics, Germany, Israel and Cyprus . According to SKAI, China, Japan, Australia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are added.
Tourism is recovering very fast
The Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis , expressed his belief that tourism is able to recover “very quickly” , once the restrictions imposed by the pandemic are lifted . “We have seen in other crises in the past that tourism is recovering very quickly compared to other sectors of the economy,” said Theocharis, noting that in Greece tourism accounts for more than 20% of GDP, as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs. work.
He spoke of a sharp drop in demand for tourism, which jeopardizes a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises, and noted that Greek authorities are gradually moving from the initial approach to exclusively domestic tourism in the coming months , in an approach that is increasingly emphasized. in tourism from abroad.
Describing emerging trends, which were not triggered but accelerated by the situation, he spoke, among other things, of possible pressure on large hotel units and tour operators. “We are trying to strike a balance between lifting restrictions and reducing the need for low-level incidents,” Theocharis said, noting that Greece has successfully managed and continues to manage the pandemic.