Tourism Minister Theocharis: Greece is one of the best prepared tourist destinations


Greece is one of the best prepared tourist destinations with a clear message and plan, and looks forward with optimism and confidence to the upcoming opening of tourism from May 14, Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said in Berlin.

where he concluded a two-day working visit on Wednesday.

After his meetings with German Deputy Minister of Economy in charge of Tourism Thomas Bareiß, as well as top executives of the TUI Tourist Group and the German Travel Association (DRV), Theoharis spoke with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

"Greece is one of the best prepared countries and, most importantly, has a clear message," he said.

Corfu, Greece

"Our system has a beginning, a middle and an end, it is professional, mature and balanced between openness and security," the minister pointed out.

The safety protocols that will apply, in combination with the new tools, such vaccines and rapid tests, that are now available but also the new medical knowledge, are powerful weapons in the country's arsenal, Theoharis said.

Referring to the "Global Champion Award" for COVID-19 Crisis Management "received by our country for the management of tourism in pandemic conditions," he said it was "proof that the great effort made last year is recognised in the most official way."

Regarding the German market, in particular, Thomas Bareiß assured Theoharis that the federal government is seriously considering lifting the mandatory quarantine for vaccinated German tourists returning from Greece.

"The prospect of easing the conditions for German tourists returning to their country is expected to significantly facilitate their decision to travel to Greece," the minister said.

He stressed that Germany could be ready to give their citizens a "green" vaccination certificate as early as June 1.

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