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Covid-19 Actions Taken on a Local Level

Greek Travel Pages and GTP Headlines present a collection of updates for the tourism and travel industry concerning COVID-19 actions taken on a local level in Greece. Here you will find articles on how individual Greek destinations and local businesses are trying to cope with the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolds.

Covid-19 Hits Younger Ages in Thessaloniki Creating Concerns

Thessaloniki authorities are alarmed over new Covid-19 cases increasing among younger age groups as well as a spike in the number of infections.

Europe Braces for Second Wave of Covid-19 with Harsher Measures

One by one Europe’s leaders are announcing tighter measures this week to curb what appears to be a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thessaloniki Conference Organizers Want Clear Operations Framework

Conferences and events organizers in Thessaloniki are once again calling on the Greek government to clarify Covid-19 health protocols for the...

Attica Region Announces SME Covid-19 Funding Scheme

Small and medium-sized businesses in the Attica Region, impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, will be able to tap into a support package of 200...

Covid-19: UK Launches Travel Taskforce to Reduce 14-day Quarantine for Arrivals

The UK government has created a Global Travel Taskforce that will aim to implement a testing regime to reduce the current 14-day quarantine...

Concerns Rise Over Increasing Covid-19 Cases in Attica

Greek health experts are troubled over a new surge in Covid-19 incidents concentrated for the most part in and around the Greek capital.

Athens Puts New Covid-19 Management Plan into Action

The Athens municipality has announced a new series of precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in inner-city neighborhoods.

Syros: The Capital of the Cyclades Promoted Through New Digital Campaign

The Municipality of Syros-Ermoupolis and Marketing Greece have launched a new digital campaign, aiming to promote the island as a tourism destination.

Athens Municipality Launches Online Appointment Service for Citizens

The Athens Municipality has introduced a new online appointment service for citizens that need to visit municipal offices to process their affairs.

‘Run Greece’ Series of Events Canceled for 2020

The running events of Run Greece 2020, scheduled to take place in seven Greek cities in September and October, have been canceled due to the...

Central Macedonia Region Receives Hero Award for Fight Against Covid-19

The Region of Central Macedonia has been honored for its response to the coronavirus pandemic and received the "Heroes of Covid-19" in Northern...

Greece Unveils Face Masks Inspired by its Cultural Heritage

Greece’s Archaeological Resources Fund has launched a collection of textile face masks featuring prints and drawings inspired by the country’s...

WHO Praises Athens for Protecting the Vulnerable During Covid-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised Athens for the measures taken to protect the city's vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zakynthos Hoteliers Concerned About Covid-19 Restrictions

Zakynthos hoteliers are concerned about the Greek government's decision to impose restrictions on the popular island, following a surge in...

Greek Funding Scheme for Small Enterprises Accepting Applications

A Greek government support program funding small and very small enterprises is now accepting applications.

East Med Yacht Show 2020 Canceled Due to Covid-19

The East Med Yacht Show 2020, a prime yachting event taking place annually in Greece, has been canceled due a surge in coronavirus cases this month.

Greece Takes Action to Prevent Second Wave of Covid-19

Greece is bracing for what seems to be an imminent second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic after a surge in cases this month.

Crete Town Chania Imposes Tighter Covid-19 Measures

The popular town of Chania on Crete, has imposed tighter restrictions in efforts to curb the further spread of Covid-19.

Greece Adds Covid-19 Restrictions to More Destinations

Starting Tuesday, additional measures will apply across Greece following a decision by health authorities aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Athens Metro to Increase Frequency of Services as of August 31

Rail Transport Company STASY, as of August 31, will increase the frequency of services on Athens' metro lines 2 and 3, in efforts to curb the...

Air France and KLM Assist Passengers Needing Covid-19 Tests to Travel

Air France and KLM are assisting their customers that need a negative Covid-19 test taken before departure to certain destinations.

Attica Region Launches Regular Covid-19 Testing at Piraeus Port

Medical teams stationed at Piraeus port will conduct random Covid-19 tests on returning travelers as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread...

Greek Vacationers Screened for Covid-19 at Piraeus, Rafina Ports

The Athens Medical Association and Attica Region health experts on Sunday conducted over 300 Covid-19 tests at the ports of Piraeus and Rafina.

Athens Sprays Streets to Curb Coronavirus Spread

The Municipality of Athens will disinfect the city’s streets and squares in efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 as hundreds of Athenians...

Italy Calls for Covid-19 Testing on Travelers Coming from Greece

Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree for Covid-19 testing on travelers from Greece, Malta, Spain, and Croatia.

US Urges Citizens to ‘Reconsider’ Travel to Greece Due to Covid-19

The US State Department has issued a new advisory for Greece urging its citizens to reconsider plans for travel due to increasing cases of Covid-19.

‘Chania, Always Pure’ Campaign Targets Greek and European Travelers – Video

Aiming to attract European and Greek travelers, the Chania Chamber has launched a new campaign that features the city as an ideal destination for...

Best of Aegean Islands’ Gastronomy Unveiled in New Video

A new video focusing on the rich gastronomy of the South Aegean islands was recently released to promote the Region as a top culinary tourism...

Covid-19 Testing Soon Available at Thessaloniki Airport

Passengers at Thessaloniki “Makedonia” Airport will soon have the opportunity to undergo Covid-19 molecular detection (rRT-PCR) testing.

Covid-19: Greek Banks Not Accepting all Transactions at Counters

A number of transactions no longer take place at Greek bank counters and customers are urged to exclusively use ATMs and their web banking accounts.

Cyprus to Request Covid-19 Test Results from Greek Travelers

Greeks traveling to Cyprus will be required as of Thursday, August 6, to have undergone Covid-19 testing 72 hours prior to departure.

Athens Airport to Offer Covid-19 Tests to Travelers

Athens International Airport (AIA) will offer Covid-19 testing to its staff and the traveling public as of August 5.

Germany Decides to Impose Covid-19 Tests to Travelers from ‘Risk Countries’

Travelers returning to Germany from "risk countries" will have to undergo a Covid-19 test or be quarantined for 14 days, the government has announced.

South Aegean Islands Promoted as Sports Tourism Destinations – Video

The South Aegean Region has released a new video to promote the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands as prime sports tourism destinations.

Covid-19: UK Travel Rule Change for Spain is ‘Disastrous’, Says WTTC

The WTTC said that the UK government’s decision to revert Spain to its at-risk countries list is "disastrous" for the hard-pressed Travel &...

Marbella Corfu Hotel Accredited with TÜV AUSTRIA CoVid-Shield

The five-star Marbella Corfu Hotel has been accredited by TÜV Austria with the CoVid-Shield “Principal” rating for its “We Care” Health & Safety...

‘We are Europe’ Tourism Campaign Launched by ETC and Euronews

The ETC and Euronews have launched a new media campaign to inspire people to get ready to travel again as restrictions across Europe are...

Trave/Scrum: Online Ideation Hackathon Looks to Improve Travel of Tomorrow

will hold its first global ideation hackathon to bring the travel and tourism community the platform it needs to come together and...

Cyprus Says it Will Cover Medical Costs for Covid-19 Hit Tourists

Travelers infected with Covid-19 during their holidays to Cyprus, will have healthcare-related costs covered by the government, Cypriot...

Eurobank: €750m Funding Package to Help Greek Hotels Amid Covid-19

Eurobank is launching a new package of funds, aiming to boost the restart efforts of the Greek hotel industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rhodes: One of the Safest Tourism Destinations in the World – Message from Vice Mayor

"Rhodes remains one of the most popular and safest tourist destinations in the world," says the island's Vice Mayor of Tourism Konstantinos S....

Germany Gradually Eases Covid-19 Border Controls

In an attempt to facilitate travel and restart tourism, Germany said it would be easing Covid-19 border restrictions in the coming period...

Spain: 14-day Quarantine for All Travelers from Abroad

Aiming to to avoid a resurgence of the Covid-19 virus, Spain has announced that all travelers entering the country as of May 15 will have to...

Best Western Launches ‘We Care Clean’ Program for its Hotels

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its “We Care Clean” program, with the aim to ensure a high level of cleaning standards and operational...

UK to Open Borders with Quarantine for All Except the French

The UK said it will gradually be “reopening”, as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, requiring visitors to self-isolate for 14 days at a specific...

GBR: Domestic Tourism First Step of Covid-19 Recovery – Data on Greece

Greece is expected to make efforts to stimulate domestic travel as one of the ways to boost the tourism sector this season.

TUI Reveals 10-point Plan for Hotel Operations post-Covid-19

Travel giant TUI has introduced a 10-point plan with a set of measures and standards to reopen its hotels when the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

Greece’s Elafonissos Targets Experiential Travelers

Elafonissos has launched a new promotional campaign that has a focus on its natural heritage, in an aim to attract Greek and foreign experiential...

Greece – Cyprus – Israel Consider ‘Safe Tourism Zone’ Idea

Greece, Cyprus and Israel are examining the creation of a “safe tourism zone” in view of the fact that they have managed to successfully contain...

Costa Nostrum: Proposals for post-Covid-19 Operation Protocol for Greek Beaches

Costa Nostrum has announced its proposals for the establishment of a post-Covid-19 Operation Protocol for the safe operation of beaches across Greece.

Amorgos Sends Message of Optimism Through Gastronomy

Amorgos is sending a message of optimism, through a video focused on its gastronomy, to potential travelers from around the world.

Athens Flying Week 2020 Air Show Canceled

The Athens Flying Week 2020 air show, which was scheduled to take place during 19-20 September, is canceled due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

Crete Joins #Greecefromhome Initiative – Video

Crete has joined the #Greecefromhome initiative and launched a new video and website, which feature the unforgettable experiences the region can...

Costa Navarino: A Message from TEMES Managing Director

Costa Navarino is preparing to welcome visitors to Messinia and offer an unforgettable experience, as soon as travel is allowed, TEMES Managing...

Op-Ed: What is the Impact of Covid-19 on Educational Institutions?

"Digitalization has become a necessity with the Covid-19 crisis being a catalyzer of the digital transformation in the education world," says...

Covid-19: SETE Working on Health Protocols for Greek Tourism Businesses

SETE is cooperating with inspection bodies to draw up health protocols for the safe operation of tourism enterprises in Greece during the...

Micra Anglia Boutique Hotel: A Message to Friends and Partners in Greek Hospitality

The Micra Anglia Boutique Hotel & Spa on Andros has updated its protocols and practices to ensure the safety of its guests and staff, in order be...

WTM Portfolio Unveils ‘Global Hub’ Resource Platform

WTM Portfolio, the parent brand for WTM London, has launched the WTM Global Hub, a new online portal that aims to connect and support travel...

Study: 55% of Greeks Ready for ‘Normal’ Life after Coronavirus

More than half of all Greeks are ready to return to their “normal” lives once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, according to a new study by Kapa...

Athens Municipality to Light City’s Sky for Easter

Fireworks will be set off at the stroke of midnight on Holy Saturday in seven parts of Athens center, as an alternative way to celebrate the...

Greece’s Delphi Economic Forum Goes Digital for 2020

The Delphi Economic Forum 2020 has become a digital event and will be held online during June 10-12.

BlueVillas CEO: An Invitation to Honest Local Partnerships

While referring to the way travel operators, OTAs and agencies are handling the Covid-19 crisis, Blue Villas CEO Christos Gkekas extends an...

Luxury Yacht Parties: A Message from the CEO

Luxury Yacht Parties is working towards ensuring the safety of its customers and offering the best possible service when the Covide-19 pandemic...

Anatolia Hospitality: A Message from the CEO

Anatolia Hospitalty is getting ready to reopen its properties once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, says CEO Michael Chrysochoidis.

Thessaloniki Invites Visitors to Explore its Best Through VR Travel App

The Thessaloniki Tourism Organization has released a video of a VR travel application, aiming to promote the city's sites to potential travelers...

SETE: 10 Steps for Greek Tourism to Restart

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has presented 10 targeted actions that are needed to restart and support the country's tourism sector...

Thessaloniki’s MICE Tourism Profile on Video

The Thessaloniki Convention Bureau has presented a new video promoting the MICE tourism profile of Thessaloniki, aiming to maintain its momentum...

Message from Region of Attica: Stay Home and Take a Virtual Journey to Visit Us!

The Region of Attica invites all on a virtual travel escape to warm up for when the time comes and its destinations and offerings "will be here...

Canaves Oia Luxury Resorts: A Message from the Managing Director

Canaves Oia Luxury Resorts Managing Director Markos Chaidemenos urges Santorini's future guests to stay safe as "brighter days are about to come".

Greek Chamber Proposes Vacation Coupon Plan to Stimulate Domestic Tourism

The Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry has proposed the launch of a holiday discount program for Greeks to stimulate domestic tourism after...

Greek Consumer Groups: Travel Vouchers Should be Optional

Consumer groups in Greece are calling for the implementation of EU regulations that foresee full refunds for travel plans that have been affected...

Greek Film Archive Presents Rare Movies Online

The Greek Film Archive this month is holding a number of online screenings from a selection of rare feature films.

#mycityviewchallenge: AIA Invites You to Recreate Athens from Home

Athens International Airport (AIA) is inviting all to join its #mycityviewchallenge / #mycityviewathens challenge on social media to create a...

Metaxa Hospitality Group: Message from the CEO

"Safeguarding human life is the number one priority. We stay at home," Metaxa Hospitality Group CEO Andreas Metaxas says in a message to partners...

Athens Municipality Offers Arts and Culture Online

The Municipality of Athens is offering everyone the chance to enjoy a wide selection of cultural programs and shows online - right from the...

NFL Athens Running Event Goes Virtual

The organizers of the No Finish Line (NFL) Athens running event, in May, will hold a symbolic virtual event on social media with the race's athletes.

Phāea Resorts: A Message from the co-CEOs

The co-CEOs of Phāea Resorts on Crete have sent a message to their partners and friends in travel informing that they are constantly evaluating...

Greece’s East Med Yacht Show 2020 Postponed

The East Med Yacht Show 2020, a prime yachting event scheduled to take place in Piraeus during May, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture at Home: Greece’s National Theater Streams Plays for Free Online

The National Theater of Greece is offering free online access to some of its performances, aiming to bring people closer to art amid the...

Greek Island Mayors Call for Total Easter Travel Ban

The mayors of a number of Greek islands are urging the government to tighten current travel restrictions ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter, in...

Chios Tourism Body Calls for Gov’t Actions to Restore Tourist Activity

The Chios Tourism Organization is calling for measures to restore the island’s reputation after being impacted by the refugee crisis and now by...

Athens Extends ‘Help at Home’ Program to Support Vulnerable Groups

The Municipality of Athens has introduced its “Help at Home Plus” program that aims to support vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Skiathos Palace Cup Postponed Due to COVID-19

The Skiathos Palace Cup, a sailboat match racing event that was scheduled to take place in May on Skiathos, has been postponed due to the...

Covid-19: Short-term Rental Operators in Greece Seeking Support

The Greek Property Managers Association is requesting for the government to include Airbnb-style rental operators in a support scheme for...

Greek Tourist Guides Call for Inclusion in Covid-1 Aid Scheme

The Greek Tourist Guide Federation is calling on the government to include professional guides in its financial support program aimed at...

SEGAS Moves Athens Half Marathon 2020 to September

The Athens Half Marathon 2020 event has been rescheduled to take place on Sunday, September 20, in the Greek capital.

Reload Hotel Sales Management Responds to Covid-19 Crisis

Reload Hotel Sales Management has launched new services to assist its partners during the COVID-19 crisis.

Covid-19: Travel Agents Request Extension to BSP Payments and Solution to Refunds

Travel sector bodies have requested for IATA to extend the deadline of BSP payments due to decreases in the cash flows of travel agencies.

#WeAreTogether: INOMO Brings Tourism Professionals Together – Live Talks on Instagram

INOMO, a Greek company specializing in design solutions for 5-star hotels, is bringing the tourism industry together through its #WeAreTogether...

#GreeceFromHome: Grekaddict Brings Greece to All via Live Streaming

Travel experiences booking platform Grekaddict.com is bringing Greece to everyone's home through its new online initiative #GreeceFromHome.

Alonissos Gives Covid-19 Info in Four Languages

The Municipality of Alonissos has launched a brochure in four languages with useful information on the COVID-19 pandemic, for the island's...

7th Rhodes Int’l Marathon Event Postponed for April 2021

The 7th Rhodes International Marathon event, originally scheduled to take place on Rhodes on May 3, has been postponed for April 2021, due to the...

Clio Muse Launches Next Generation Virtual Tours to World’s Top Attractions

Clio Muse has launched its "Next Generation Tours", a series of tours to the world's top attractions that you can visit right from your own couch!

Greek Thermal Spring & Spa Facilities Seeking Aid Due to Covid-19

The Hellenic Association of Municipalities with Thermal Springs is requesting to be included in Greece’s financial support program for businesses...

Posidonia 2020 Event Rescheduled for October

The Posidonia 2020 maritime event in Greece has been rescheduled for October due to the further spread of Covid-19.

Kallichoron Hotel: Travel Flex Policy for Free Cancellations

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Astypalea's Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel has postponed its opening for the season and has introduced a...

Mediterranean Yacht Show 2020 Cancelled

The Greek Yachting Association (GYA) has decided to cancel the Mediterranean Yacht Show 2020 event in Greece due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IRONMAN 70.3 Greece Triathlon Event Rescheduled for October 25

The IRONMAN 70.3 Greece 2020 triathlon event has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and has been rescheduled for October 25.

Greek Doctors Consider Turkey High Risk Country for Coronavirus

The Panhellenic Medical Association has expressed concerns over Turkey’s failure to report coronavirus incidents.

Lighting Ceremony of Olympic Flame will Not Have Spectators

The Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony will take place as scheduled on March 12, but without the presence of spectators.

New Dates Announced for Delphi Forum 2020

The organizer of the high-profile Delphi Economic Forum 2020 has announced new dates for the event to take place, following its postponement due...

Covid-19: Greek Conference Tourism Body Tables Aid Ideas

The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO) has proposed measures aimed at limiting the impact of the coronavirus...

9th Athens Half Marathon Event Postponed

The 9th Athens Half Marathon event, originally scheduled to take place in the Greek capital on March 22, has been postponed due to the...

Delphi Economic Forum Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The 5th Delphi Economic Forum, which was to be held in Delphi, Greece, has been postponed for late May - early June this year, due to the...

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