The authorities in Slovakia expect this summer season to be better than last year, which was greatly affected by the coronavirus in 2020.
However, beyond optimism, the assumed volumes will remain below pre-pandemic levels, noted the president of the Slovak Association of Travel Agencies (SACKA), Roman Birx.
Most of the vacations booked by Slovak travel agencies last summer were postponed for this season due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.
Although most focus on European destinations, they also include non-European destinations in their offerings, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Of course, travel agencies already closely control the flow of funds, so that they can more easily respond to changes and, if necessary, return the funds to the customer immediately,” Birx said.
Birx noted that the epidemic situation in Slovakia and in holiday destinations, as well as the protection measures against the Corona virus are important for a successful summer season. However, unexpected and fundamental changes in anti-epidemic measures may lead to confusion and uncertainty on already planned holiday trips.
In general, tourism in European countries has been greatly affected by the virus, as revealed by the European statistics provider, EUROSTAT.
The number of European Union tourists the number of nights accommodated decreased by 61 percent from April 2020 to March 2021, setting a record of 1.1 billion tourists, while 12 months before the start of the pandemic (April 2019 to March 2020), there were 2.8 billion tourists who were Accommodation for overnight in Europe.
The number of nights spent by international guests in Slovakia fell to -80 per cent, and the number of nights spent by domestic guests fell to -23 per cent, which is an overall decrease of 59 per cent.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, the country recently opened borders to fully vaccinated travelers and began issuing the European COVID-19 digital vaccination passport to its citizens, the document of which aims to facilitate travel across the European Union amid the pandemic.
All passengers who have been fully vaccinated with approved vaccines from the European Medicines Agency (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen), who have recently recovered from MERS-CoV or have been found to be negative for the virus, are eligible to enter Slovakia without the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the disease.
Previously, the country’s authorities announced that they are also strengthening the border crossing with Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary by deploying more than 500 financial departments, prison corps and judicial guards, with the aim of ensuring public order related to the Corona virus.