It seems that Greece has a very important help in the “battle” that is expected to give in the coming months, in order to win as much as possible in the tourist pie, which due to corona is expected to be significantly smaller than other years.
In this informal “war” it is waging with other countries, in search of “salvation” after months of economic disaster and in an effort to get the economy back on track, Greece has allies in the international media, which do not pass a day. that do not praise our country so much for its beauty, as – and much more importantly – for the security it provides to tourists, due to the excellent epidemiological data it presents.
All the publications from all over the world agree that Greece has become a “paradise” for tourism this summer.
In fact, in the last few days, the government has launched an effort to promote our country abroad, with Kyriakos Mitsotakis giving the “present” both with interviews and by attending teleconferences in international media and organizations. In this way, it tries to communicate abroad the exceptional reaction of our country to the corona, but also to be heard from the most official lips, that our country is ready to accept tourists, always with the aim of protecting both the population of the country. , as well as tourists.
At the same time, sure that the bet on tourism will be won this year, the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, told MEGA, clarifying that the way in which the country will receive tourists will be the safest.
And as we approach the opening of the border, the discussion of safe tourism is on the rise, with the European Union’s public health service making it clear that closing borders will not help prevent the spread of corona, nor will it test travelers before they leave or leave. their thermometer upon arrival is effective.
“Greece, the most attractive destination in the Mediterranean”
“Greece holds those key elements in the minds of travelers that make it the most attractive destination in the Mediterranean for the next quarter,” said a survey conducted by Mindhaus, a member of V + O Greece, in collaboration with Pollfish (research platform), in order to investigate how travel trends are affected and shaped this year due to corona.
According to APE – BPE, in a sample of 2,750 respondents in some of the most important markets of Greek tourism, the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy, their attitudes and intentions regarding international leisure trips.
“Although the situation for the next quarter seems generally unfavorable, we see 2 in 3 travelers really wanting to start their leisure trips abroad as soon as travel restrictions are lifted and they will not wait for a vaccine to be made to do so. We also understand that in addition to safety, they are looking for experiences of relaxation, carefreeness and fun even more than before “said Theofilos Kyratsoulis, General Manager of Mindhaus.
Specifically, 37.9% of respondents said they were willing to travel again once travel restrictions were lifted and would be constantly informed of their health status as they plan their trip. An additional and promising 28.1% said that by lifting travel restrictions, they would plan that leisure trip they had been dreaming of all this time.
Although all those surveyed identified the vaccine as the first factor in starting international travel, more than 66% of respondents said they considered equally clear health protocols during travel (11.8% of responses). , the destinations that effectively managed the Covid-19 crisis (11.7% of responses), as well as the Covid-19 pre-flight detection test.
This group also considers Security, Relaxation, Carefree and Entertainment more important this year than their last year’s vacation, even from Affordable Cost. In addition, more than last year, they appreciate the feeling of Discovery (France) and Adventure (USA) for their next international trip.
According to the survey for the same group of travelers, France (55%), Great Britain (55%) and Germany (62%) are more ready to start international travel, as the corresponding percentages of respondents said that it intends to to travel abroad by 2020.
Hymns from Fortune
“How Greece can reopen without destroying the success of the corona restriction” is the title of Fortune’s article, which notes that based on the data, our country has proved to be six times more effective than Germany, 27 times more effective than France and 35 times more efficient than Britain.
“If at the beginning of February someone predicted that Greece’s reaction to the corona pandemic would be stronger than that of Germany, France, Britain and Italy, they might accuse him of spending too much time with Dionysus, the Greek God. of wine “. With this phrase, Fortune begins an analysis of how Greece managed to manage the pandemic.
The article praises the Greek leadership for its readiness: “The government in Greece acted in a timely manner and took action two weeks before the first death by the corona in the country. Although Britain announced the complete lockdown a day after Greece, until then, Western Europe had 11 times more confirmed cases and 24 times more deaths, “Fortune reported.
“Kyriakos Mitsotakis was faced with deeds that would frighten even Hercules,” the article notes, describing how the coronation pandemic found Greece after a decade of austerity, with a decimated public health system.
The article also notes that the quick response was accompanied by good execution of the measures while it does not fail to mention the discipline of the citizens of our country: “To our great surprise, the vast majority of Greeks complied with the instructions of the authorities. The government has almost doubled its capacity in the intensive care unit and recruited more than 3,500 medical professionals. ”
In a move diametrically opposed to older political leaders in Greece, who blamed experts whenever they needed to take harsh action, Kyriakos Mitsotakis promoted the experts.
The publication notes that tourism is a key for the Greek economy and one of the highlights of the economic crisis, with 34 million visitors in 2019 alone.
Mitsotakis in Brookings: The reaction to the pandemic changed the country’s image
Speaking at a teleconference at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and the Brookings Institution, Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his satisfaction that Greece’s response to the crisis “succeeded in changing the country’s image.”
The Prime Minister attributed Greece’s success to four critical elements: the speed with which difficult decisions are made, the honest communication with citizens undertaken by experts, the immediate strengthening of the health system and the protection of vulnerable population groups. as a result, the care structures for the elderly by the coronaio are also protected.
Mr. Mitsotakis stressed that the Greek government acted quickly, taking decisions very early, especially to prevent the spread of the corona. He cited as an example the government’s decision to suspend the Patras carnival, which was taken before the first case was recorded in the country, despite criticism at the time.
He pointed out that after discussions with Public Health experts, it was obvious that Greece would move towards some form of lockdown. “I made the decision to do it too early or too late and I think it was clearly the right decision. The models tell us that if we had been delayed by at least a week or two, the course of the epidemic would have been completely different “, said Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Mr. Mitsotakis underlined that the government took care to communicate its message to the citizens by urging them to stay home and follow the basic rules of social distances, adding that it was a clear goal to regain the relationship of trust with the citizens. For this reason, as he stated, the experts were assigned the daily information of the citizens.
Theocharis at MEGA: The four points of the plan for the reception of tourists
The bet on tourism has set a goal for Greece to win, despite the restrictions set by the pandemic of coronaio.
Speaking to MEGA and Nikos Evangelatos, the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, said that it is too early to estimate the picture of tourism as it will move in the coming months.
“It’s too early to tell. We are running so that we are ready to welcome the last tourist who wants to come to our country “.
He noted that Greece has given the impetus to the whole European market so that all countries involved in tourism are activated. “We see that there is mobility.”
Referring to the concerns that exist about the countries of origin of tourists, Mr. Theocharis stressed that the way in which the country will receive tourists will be the safest.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that tourists are welcomed in a way that is safe.”
According to the Minister of Tourism, there are four points on which the tourist reception plan is based.
There will be health criteria for the countries that will be allowed to send tourists to Greece, sampling controls that allow the monitoring of the pandemic, strict health protocols and strengthening the health structures of the country.
“It’s a difficult exercise but we will succeed,” he said.