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A Collection of Greek Legislation and Regulations Concerning Covid-19 and Tourism

GTP Headlines provides a collection of some of the most important Covid-19 measures taken in Greece, which have been formally adopted by legislative acts in the Hellenic Parliament.

Covid-19: European Tourism Federations Call for EU Health Protocol to Restart Travel

The tourism federations of the private sectors of Germany, Greece, Italy and Norway have called for an EU health protocol for the entire travel and tourism value-added chain.

Greek Minister: EU Strategy Needed for Tourism Comeback after Covid-19

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis has called for a common EU strategy in order for tourism demand to rise and the industry to restart.

Greek Voucher Plan for Covid-19 Canceled Trips Raises Concerns

Greek consumer groups say that a voucher plan, drawn up to reimburse customers for canceled trips to Greece due to Covid-19, defies national and EU regulation.

Covid-19: MEPs Call for EU Action Plan for Tourism

The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee has urged the Commission to come up with a European action plan to help the tourism sector overcome the Covid-19 crisis.

Travel Vouchers Should Remain Voluntary, Says European Commission

The European Commission is not against vouchers as an alternative to cash refunds for canceled travel bookings due to Covid-19, but only if they are voluntary and secured against insolvency of travel operators.

Emirates Updates Covid-19 Travel Waiver Policies

Emirates has updated its COVID-19 travel waiver policies into one simplified approach for rebooking and refunds on tickets issued in all its global markets.

Greek Hotel Chamber Proposes Measures for Life After Covid-19

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels has proposed a series of measures for the country's hotels to stay afloat during the Covid-19 post-pandemic period.

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 by the Covid-19 pandemic.

SETE Reviews Situation in Greek Tourism Amidst Covid-19

SETE President Yiannis Retsos reviews the impact of Covid-19 on Greek tourism and refers to ways the sector could try to bounce back from the setbacks caused by the pandemic.

Covid-19: Germany Suspends Refund Obligation of Airlines for Canceled Flights

The so-called "Corona-Cabinet" of the German Federal Government has decided to temporarily suspend the reimbursement obligation for flights canceled due to a Covid-19 pandemic.

Travel Agents: IATA Flexible on BSP Payments but Picks Vouchers Over Refunds

IATA’s CEO explains to travel agents the association's “flexible approach” to BSP payments, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and informs that it considers travel vouchers as "the best answer" instead of ticket refunds.

IATA: Covid-19 Travel Bans a Threat to Airline Cash Reserves

Airlines may burn through $61 billion of their cash reserves during the second quarter ending 30 June 2020, if governments do not step in with aid, says IATA.

EU Commission Urges Vacationers to Accept Vouchers for Future Travel

Τhe European Commission is encouraging customers to opt for vouchers instead of refunds and consider traveling at a later date, in an attempt to offset losses for the travel industry due to COVID-19.

Covid-19: Commission Gives Guidelines for EU Passenger Rights

The European Commission has published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greek Hoteliers Expect Turnover to Reach 2019 Levels in 2023

The majority of Greek hoteliers expect their turnover to reach pre-pandemic levels in 2023, according to a survey by the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP).

Sixteen Airlines Promise to Refund Passengers in 7 Days After Flight Cancellations

Sixteen major airlines have committed to provide better information to passengers and issue refunds in 7 days in case of flight cancellations.

Auditor: EU Airlines Failing to Protect Passenger Rights

Airlines in Europe have failed to protect the rights of passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic, including not offering refunds, according to the European Court of Auditors.

Airlines Must Improve Handling of Flight Cancellations, Says Commission

The European Commission is calling on airlines to improve how they deal with cancellations in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Greek Hoteliers Hope Easter Holiday will Bring First Arrivals for 2021

Greek hoteliers are hoping that the Easter holiday will bring the first flow of visitors to Greece for 2021.