The Greek government launched winter tourism, after a successful year in the travel and tourism industry, as the revenue generated from this industry brought the country to more than 10 billion euros, about four billion more than expected.
The news was shared in an interview with France 24 by Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, who also noted that tourism is the locomotive of the Greek economy with 25 percent of the industry coming, TheSchengen.com reports.
We expected five to six billion euros in revenue from tourism, and we went over ten billion euros. The Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias, said that the year is not over yet, yes, we have tourists in Athens, Crete and Rhodes, and we are ready to campaign for the first time for winter tourism in Greece.
Minister Kikilia noted that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ idea was to create European Certificates of Vaccination, also known as the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate.
“[The document] Creating new conditions of safety and confidence for travelers across Europe, with notable results for Greece even in November,” expressing optimism for 2022 as the number of reservations and agreements have already been completed.
Regarding vaccination, the Minister of Tourism stressed that it remains the most important safety weapon amid the epidemic, and that the greater the number of vaccinations, the closer social and economic life will be to normal life or pre-pandemic levels.
According to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), about 65.1 percent of the population in Greece is partially vaccinated plus 61.9 percent are fully immunized against the virus, a 4.3 percent lagging rate compared to the average cumulative full uptake of vaccination. of the total population across the population of the 27-nation bloc.
However, the total vaccine doses administered per 100 inhabitants is 129.2, about 29.4 more than the global average. In addition, there are 61.47 fully vaccinated people per 100 population, compared to global rates set at 41.32.
“We have established in Greece from the first moment a standard vaccination program with regard to citizens, and recently we have seen a significant increase in vaccinations and appointments for the first dose,” Kikilias concluded.
However, a successful year in tourism for the winter season cannot be accurately predicted in Greece, as European countries order a national lockdown, tighten entry rules and advise citizens to refrain from any travel due to a new type of COVID-19 virus, Omicron, emerging on the international stage.
Moreover, World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Greece has reported 44,348 positive cases in the past seven days, as well as 640 deaths linked to the disease.