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Greece Among Top Countries for 2021 Intra-European Travel

Greece is among the Top 5 preferred countries for intra-European travel in 2021, despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, a recent report by the European Travel Commission (ETC) reveals.

Titled “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 4”, ETC’s monthly report features data collected in December 2020.

According to its main findings, Greece ranks fourth with 6.1 percent after Spain in the top spot with 9.8 percent, Italy in second with 8.2 percent and France in third position with 6.3 percent. Germany is in fifth spot with 5.4 percent.

Source: ETC

The report also showed that Europeans are eager to travel in the second quarter of 2021 as Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out. In fact, the number of Europeans planning to travel in the next six months reached 52 percent in December 2020.

Leisure is the primary purpose for almost 63 percent of the surveyed Europeans planning to travel in the short-term.

Business travel accounts for 9 percent of respondents.

Meanwhile, strict health and safety protocols seem to build trust and peace of mind for travelers, and make travel more enjoyable.

Two out of three Europeans feel much safer and  relaxed to enjoy their trip when strict health and safety protocols are in place.

Source: ETC

However, quarantine measures, rising COVID-19 cases at the destination and falling ill while on holiday continue to be top concerns for around 15 percent of Europeans with short-term travel plans.

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