Delphi Forum: Greece Ready to Welcome Tourists Safely, Says Head of GNTO

ATHENS — The challenges and the outlook of Greek tourism were discussed by Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) Secretary General Dimitris Fragakis at a panel during the Delphi Economic Forum VI, held out of Zappeion Hall in Athens on Friday.

Speaking at the panel titled "The crown jewel of the Greek economy at a crossroads" on the day tourism reopened in the country, Fragakis noted that although the industry's reopening is the result of two-months-long planning, there is a long road ahead.

Despite the fact that Greece's tourism sector experienced a "shock" from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, a safe reopening this year is possible because of several new tools: vaccines, the so-called 'green' vaccination certificate, and abundant diagnostic tests available to all.

This year's tourism campaign is the biggest in a decade at a cost of at least 23 million euros, and is expected to result in bookings to Greece even if they are last-minute ones. Whereas the country's tourism industry pursued a strategy for mere survival in 2020, this year it has implemented a strategy for recovering its losses, the official said.

As Fragakis also pointed out, bookings would be helped by an extended tourist season, which due to weather conditions in Greece can stretch to October.

The international conference of May 10-15 is under the aegis of President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and Athens-Macedonian News Agency is a communications sponsor (see www.amna.gr/delphi-VI).


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