Rhodes welcomed the first tourists for the 2021 season with dancing, singing and traditional treats.
Nine flights, seven of them from Israel, landed on the Aegean island on Thursday.
"A mature tourist destination is one that inspires trust in its visitors. It is the one which has proved that even in the most difficult ones it plans and implements solutions for all the problems. We successfully brought tourists in 2020 and we will also achieve this in 2021," the regional governor of the Southern Aegean Giorgos Hatzimarkos expressed.
In front of the spectacular backdrop of the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, Greece revealed its multimillion euro tourism campaign.
“In 2020, tourism won a difficult bet, which is why our country was awarded as a pioneer in the opening of the tourism industry,” said Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.
“Today our country is projected as a model for pandemic management in relation to Greek tourism…We open sails safely,” he added.
All travellers to Greece will have to fill in a passenger locator form (PLF) detailing where they will be staying and for how long and will also have to present a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 or a recent negative PCR test or an official document certifying recent recovery from the virus.
The “All you want is Greece” campaign consists of five videos answering the question “What do you want?”
The videos, lasting 30 seconds each, present the country’s myriad attractions – from its serene beaches and dramatic landscapes, and its historical and cultural legacy, to its culinary traditions, high-end services and off-the-beaten path experiences.