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Greece Announces Covid Rules for Entry to Christmas Theme Parks

The Greek Health Ministry announced rules for the operation of Christmas theme parks, after confirming the country’s first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Tourism Should Be Accessible for All, Says GNTO President

Accessible tourism is a right and should be a given, GNTO President Angela Gerekou said during the recent "Tourism for All" conference held in Italy.

Greece Enters Transport Deal with Russia

Greece and Russia will cooperate in the field of transport through the exchange of knowhow and actions in road, rail, air and marine transport.

Greek Minister Wants to Create Framework for Tourism – Trade Activities

The time has come for Greece to set up a framework that will regulate the operation of tourism trade activity, according to Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

WHO Advises Unvaccinated Over-60 Travelers to Stay Home

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging unvaccinated individuals aged 60 or over to avoid travel to “areas with community transmission” due to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Greek PM: Seniors Over 60 Must be Vaccinated or Face Penalties

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that all citizens 60 or over must be vaccinated or face a 100-euro monthly fine.

Greek Tourism Strategy to Focus on Investments, Sustainability

Greece is preparing a 10-year national tourism development strategy focused on high quality investments and sustainability, according to Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias.

Greece Missing Out on Recreational Luxury Boat Market, Study Shows 

Research and policy institute diaNEOsis has proposed a strategy for the utilization of Greece’s marinas and tourist ports.

UNWTO: 2021 Int’l Tourism Arrivals to Remain 70-75% Below 2019 Levels

International tourist arrivals in 2021 are set to remain 70-75% below 2019 levels, marking a similar decline as in 2020, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

SETE Chief Sees 2021 Greek Tourism Revenue Coming to €10bn

Greece’s tourism revenues will surely reach 10 billion euros in 2021, according to Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) President Yiannis Retsos.

Covid-19: Greece Says Firm ‘No’ to Lockdowns Despite Omicron Variant

The Greek authorities said there will be no national lockdowns and no new measures for those vaccinated against Covid-19 despite the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

IATA Calls for 12-month EU Covid Pass Extension to ‘Protect’ Travel

IATA is calling on EU authorities to extend the validity of the EU Digital Covid Certificate by 12 months to protect the already “fragile recovery” of the travel industry.

Athens Hotel Occupancy Levels Pick Up in June-Oct but Problems Remain

Despite June-October occupancy levels at Athens hotels indicating positive signs of recovery, the city’s hotel association sees no positive trend in bookings in the coming months.

CLIA – Greek Gov’t Discuss Cruise Sector Priorities for 2022

CLIA Europe executives discussed the 2022 cruise season with Greek government officials and focused on issues of safe travel, port operations and responsible tourism.

Ioannina Sets New Tourism Priorities on Back of Strong Winter Bookings

With hotel occupancy levels in Ioannina at 70% in November, local authorities have plans to further establish the city as a strong Greek tourist destination.

Covid-19: EU Proposes Prioritising Vaccinated Travellers in Updated Rules

The Commission has proposed a revision to non-essential travel rules, giving priority to vaccinated travelers and advising them to get Covid-19 booster shots.

Greece Aiming for March 2022 Cruise Travel Start

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) - Europe and the Greek Tourism Ministry are aiming to kickstart cruise travel to Greece in March 2022.

Greece to Keep Market Going at All Costs Despite Covid-19

Greek officials are reiterating that there will be no national lockdown orders despite the surge in Covid-19 cases over the last month.

ECDC Advises Adults to Consider Third Dose of Covid-19 Vaccine

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is advising adults and mainly those over 40 to consider getting a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Athens Kicks Off Holiday Season with Christmas Tree Lighting

The Municipality of Athens lit up an impressive 19-meter tall Christmas tree at the city’s central Syntagma Square, marking the start of the holiday season in the Greek capital.