Greece is ready to capitalize on its successful management of the Covid-19 crisis achieving during the pandemic nearly 60 percent of pre-pandemic 2019 levels, said Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias during the German Travel Association’s (DRV) annual conference held at Costa Navarino in Messinia.
Kikilias welcomed the German agents, who decided to hold their annual conference in Greece, for the first time after 71 years, and invited them to discover new destinations and genuine experiences.
He also announced that the Greek tourism season would be opening earlier next year in mid-March.
Sustainable tourism is at the forefront of tourism development, said Kikilias adding that Greece was aiming to set the example.
The minister underlined the importance of the DRV 2021 conference held in Greece, and the “participation of more than 450 German tourism professionals signifies the hard work we’ve done in fall and winter in order to reap the fruit next summer and to support the Greek economy.”
“This has happened to a large extent in 2021 and we look to a stronger 2022,” he said, adding that the Costa Navarino Resort, hosting the DRV event, has paved the way for the tourism of the next day. “Our goal is to develop 12-month tourism in all of the country’s regions,” he said.
On his part, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) Secretary-general Dimitris Fragakis said the DRV conference created the opportunity for face-to-face meetings and networking after 18 months due to Covid-19.
“It is also a vote of confidence in Greek tourism. This year we put great effort into implementing a plan to open to tourists on time and in safety,” he added.
Fragakis went on to add that Greece was now investing in the digitization of tourism services, in sustainable development and in diversified tourism products and experiences for visitors of all ages and from anywhere in the world.
At the launch of the event, the DRV awarded Kikilias for Greece’s successful management of tourism during the pandemic and for instilling a feeling of safety and trust among visitors with the implementation of stringent health protocols.