Theoharis: The Big Wager for Tourism This Year Is Safety


Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yorgos Konstantinidis)

ATHENS - Greece's tourism season will be restricted to a three-month period, Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said on Tuesday in an interview with Skai TV. He explained that July, August and September will have to make up for time lost. However, he did not rule out the possibility of extending the tourism season to October and even November, provided that developments related to the coronavirus are good.

The big wager for tourism this year will be the safe entry and exit of tourists into and out of Greece and for this reason a "health passport" is being promoted. This is a method of "safe entry" into the country, he said. In this regard, Theoharis stated that consultations are underway in the EU in order to submit every European citizen who wants to travel to a reliable test for coronavirus.

According to estimates, he said, tourism is expected to fall by 50 pct, adding that Greece does not expect any tourists from countries outside Europe. He stressed that Greece retains the asset of being a safe country in the Mediterranean, which is a very positive element in the light of the new situation.