At the starting line for Greek beaches tourists from all over the world
Agents are pushing their governments to give the green light to Greece
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 07:42
REUTERS / Alkis Konstantinidis
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With each passing day, the positive messages for Greek tourism and why as a market should be released as soon as possible from the bans imposed by the pandemic are increasing. British travel agents are still pushing their government to put Greece, France and Spain on the green list, while airfare searches across the Atlantic are up 47%, according to the European Commission president. Ursula von der Leyen, that vaccinated Americans may be able to travel to Europe. Also in our neighborhood, according to the Serbian ambassador, more than 800,000 Serbs are ready to travel to Greece this summer.
In particular, the head of Britain’s largest airport and one of the world’s largest, Heathrow, has made a dramatic appeal to the British government to blacklist Spain, France and Greece, warning that otherwise 500,000 jobs will be lost. in the travel industry in the United Kingdom.
At the same time, across the Atlantic, searches for destinations in Europe have increased by 47% after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that vaccinated Americans may be able to travel to the old continent this summer, according to the travel agency. Montreal-based Hopper application.
Athens is the sixth most popular city
London, Paris and Barcelona are the most popular European cities in the total searches, according to the relevant table of the travel application Hopper, with Athens in sixth place, surpassing cities such as Madrid, Rome, Lisbon and Dublin.
Virtuoso’s top destinations for summer bookings by Americans are: United States, Italy, Mexico, France, Bahamas, United Kingdom, Greece, Canada, Spain and Ireland.
Safe at home
Meanwhile, the Serbian ambassador to Athens, Dusan Spasojevic, estimated that at least 800,000 Serbian tourists will visit Greece for holidays this year, speaking on the First Program and on the show “The GPS of the news”.
“Two years ago, 2 million Serbian tourists visited Greece. This year, 800,000 Serbs will come. It is a large number. “There is a strong interest in Greece,” he said.
He added that “they really feel safe in Greece and at home”, noting that his fellow citizens “have confidence in the country, in the government, in the Greek people.”
Big drop in turnover
Finally, both accommodation and catering companies saw a large drop in turnover in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. In particular, according to ELSTAT, the accommodation sector saw turnover “fall” by 59.2% and catering by 52.5%.
In all companies in the accommodation sector, the turnover in the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 97,977,317 euros, recording a decrease of 59.2% compared to the first quarter of 2020, where it had amounted to 239,971,658 euros.
The largest decrease in turnover in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020 was observed in the Peripheral Unit of Evritania (93.9%) and the smallest decrease (9.3%) was recorded in the Peripheral Unit of Kefallinia, while the corresponding larger increase ( 13.6%) was recorded in the Regional Unit of Kea – Kythnos. In all the companies in the catering services sector, the turnover in the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 460,584,614 euros, recording a decrease of 52.5% compared to the first quarter of 2020, where it had amounted to 970,366,988 euros.
The largest decrease in turnover (catering sector) in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020 was observed in the Peripheral Unit of Evritania (85.5%) and the smallest decrease (6.9%) was recorded in the Peripheral Unit of Karpathos, while a corresponding larger increase (13.7) was recorded in the Regional Unit of Kea – Kythnos.
For companies in the accommodation industry with the obligation to keep bibliographic books, for which data are available on a monthly basis, the turnover in March 2021 amounted to 30,582,380 euros, a decrease of 19.2% compared to March 2020, where had amounted to 37,856,603 euros.
more than 1.0%, the largest decrease in turnover in March 2021 compared to March 2020 was observed in the Rethymnon Regional Unit (69.1%) and the smallest decrease was recorded in the Attica Region (4.8%), while a corresponding increase (3.0%) was recorded in the Regional Unit of Chania.
For the companies of the catering services sector with the obligation to keep bibliographic books, for which data are available on a monthly basis, the turnover in March 2021 amounted to 54,201,843 euros, recording a decrease of 18.3% compared to March 2020, where had amounted to 66,322,847 euros.
For the companies of the Peripheral Units with a contribution to the total turnover of 2020 greater than 1.0%, the largest decrease in the turnover in March 2021 compared to March 2020 was observed in the Peripheral Unit of Thira (75.6%) and the smallest A decrease was recorded in the Attica Region (13.4%), while a corresponding increase was recorded in the Halkidiki Regional Unit (3.0%).
The first big annual “date”
The big international exhibition FITUR, which is organized in Madrid from 19 to 23 May 2021, is visited by the Minister of Tourism Haris Theocharis. FITUR is particularly important for the opening and prospects of Greek tourism, as it is considered as the first major annual “appointment” for businesses in the tourism industry worldwide.
Indicatively, it is mentioned that 11,040 companies from 165 countries of the world participated in FITUR 2020, breaking every previous record, while the Exhibition was covered by 5,300 journalists.
During his visit to FITUR 2021, the Minister of Tourism will have a series of meetings with high-ranking government officials, representatives of international organizations and players in the global tourism market.
Specifically, tomorrow Wednesday, Mr. Theocharis will have successive meetings with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili, the Minister of Tourism of Albania Blendi Klosi, the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Croatia Tonci Glavina, as well as with the President of Jaume Gabriel Escar. Exceltur (Association for Excellence in Tourism, Alianza para la Excelencia Turistica), the non-profit organization representing the 33 strongest business groups in the Spanish tourism industry.
Finally, the Minister of Tourism will speak to Spanish media about the opening of Greek tourism.
Silver on blue flags
In second place with 545 blue flags on its shores is Greece among 49 countries, behind Spain which has 615 award-winning beaches. It is worth noting that this year, in all 49 countries participating in the program, Greece owned 13.5% of the total award-winning coastline. First in Greece again this year was the Regional Unit of Halkidiki with 96 flags. The International Commission has awarded 4,040 beaches, 707 marinas and 78 cruise ships worldwide this year.
For the companies of the Regional Units with a contribution to the total turnover of the year 2020 large