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2021 Year in Review

Following a year that saw the world literally shut down, 2021 can surely be characterized as a “better year” than 2020. While there was no sign of when the Covid-19 pandemic would be over (and when the world would return to the pre-pandemic normal), efforts were made to achieve a greater normalcy – something that was accomplished to some level.
However, despite the development of effective vaccines against Covid-19, the virus continued to spread and mutate throughout 2021.

Hit hard by Covid-19 in 2020, the global travel and tourism sector in 2021 took steps towards a recovery, which still remains very fragile as we enter the new year with a fast-spreading Covid-19 variant (named after the Greek letter Omicron) along with a handful of safety restrictions.

Although the course of Omicron remains unknown, the Greek tourism sector says goodbye to 2021 with hopes of a full restart in 2022 after opening to visitors mid-year in 2021 and managing to achieve figures surpassing half of 2019 levels.

Join us as we take a look back at some highlights showing Greece’s tourism course in Covid times.

EU Digital COVID Certificate for Travel Officially Takes Off

The EU Digital COVID Certificate, which will facilitate safe travel in the European Union during the Covid-19 pandemic, officially launched on July 1.

EU Approves Greek Recovery Plan, Paves Way for Funding

The European Commission has approved Greece’s resilience plan, paving the way for the release of 30.5 billion euros for the country to emerge stronger after Covid-19.

Greece Praised for Cruise Tourism Restart Initiative

Global cruise industry stakeholders have praised Greece for its initiatives to help restart cruise travel after Covid-19.

Greece to Move Forward with Athenian Riviera Regeneration Project

The Greek government has revealed its plan for the regeneration of the 70km coastal zone extending from Faliro to Sounio on the Athenian Riviera.

EU: Fully Vaccinated Should Be Exempt from Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

The Commission has proposed for fully vaccinated persons holding Covid-19 vaccination certificates to be exempt from travel-related testing and quarantine.

Greece Officially Opens for the 2021 Tourism Season

Greece is opening for tourism on May 14 under a plan that includes strict health safety protocols and procedures.

‘All you want is Greece’ Campaign Launches as Tourism Restarts

Greece has officially launched its 2021 tourism campaign, which includes 5 videos and goes beyond promoting ‘sun and sea’.

Final Data: Greece Arrivals, Travel Receipts Take a Blow in 2020

Arrivals and travel receipts in Greece took a massive blow last year hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to final tourism data for 2020.

WTTC: Greece is the Global Covid-19 Crisis Management Champion

Greece was awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council for its efforts in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and safely re-opening to tourists.