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Greek Hotels: Safety of Tourists and Staff is Top Priority

Photo source: Hilton Athens

Photo source: Hilton Athens

Just like in 2020, Greece’s hotel enterprises will open their doors to guests this season with high health protection measures in place, according to Halkidiki Hotel Association President Grigoris Tasios.

In a recent interview to the Athens News Agency (ANA), Tasios said that the Greek hotels’ safe 2021 opening will be the main message of professionals at this year’s ITB Berlin virtual tourism expo.

Focusing on this year’s tourism opening in Greece, the federation’s president said that he was in favor of the establishment of a vaccination certificate to facilitate travel in the post-Covid-19 era.

“This way we will welcome people from everywhere,” Tasios told ANA, adding that visitors that are not vaccinated should at least have a negative test with them (PCR or rapid test).

Tasios, who is also the president of the hotel association in Halkidiki, northern Greece, reminded that the destination’s tourism professionals are willing to cover 50 percent of the cost of Covid-19 testing for incoming tourists this year.

He has also proposed frequent on-the-spot rapid testing to be conducted the staff of Greek hotels.

“Health protocols in hotels are connected with the health of employees, who will need frequent coronavirus tests,” he said.

Most hotels in Greece will open in June

Moreover, Tasios told ANA that the majority of Greek hotels will start operating in June and, considering that “everything goes smoothly” on the front of the pandemic, some hotels may open for the Easter period.

While avoiding to make any predictions on how the tourism season will develop in 2021, Tasios said that a more clear picture on how the year will progress may show at the end of the month.

He also expressed concern on the viability of hotel companies and underlined that even if they achieve half of the revenue of 2019 – a record year in terms of tourism receipts and arrivals in Greece – their future will still be at stake.

“This does not mean that loans and debts will be less in 2021,” he stressed and called on the government for a clear settlement to be drawn up for debts of the hotel sector to the state.

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