Greece is all set to get its tourism industry back on track by opening to tourists June 15 onwards! It is a tourism-reliant country and in order to boost it, the country actually preponed its reopening date. Greece had initially planned to open up on July 1st! But don’t worry, they’re only going to allow international flights into the country gradually from 1st July.
As per CNN, the Prime Minister of Greece—Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the nation regarding the updated date. He also mentioned that they would only be allowing tourists from countries that have low rates of COVID infection. Also, the tourists coming in will not be required to go through any quarantine or testing. But they will be carrying out spot tests in the tourist areas as per requirement.
Not just this, but the Greek government is also focusing on strengthening its healthcare service in tourist destinations. As per Harry Theocharis, the Tourism Minister, as many as 600 beds will be separately available to aid Coronavirus care.
Greece On Reviving Its Tourism Industry
The tourism industry in Greece makes up almost 20% of their GDP. It is believed that every fourth job in Greece belongs to the tourism industry. The country highly depends on its tourism and it is coming up with new measures to revive it in the best way possible.
The Greek government plans to subsidise the salaries of the tourism industry, catering industry as well as the industrial sectors. They also plan to reduce taxes for those in the hospitality and travel sectors. Also, along with Greece, Iceland too plans to open its gates for tourists June 15 onwards!
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