Theoharis and Lemoyne had the opportunity to analyze Greece’s plan to revive tourism and discussed the importance of the EU’s “green” vaccination certificate.
“I had an excellent discussion with my French counterpart Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. I presented to him the complete plan for opening up Greek tourism and we agreed on the need to coordinate our actions and a common course at European level, aimed at a faster recovery of tourism. I am optimistic that we will have a dynamic flow of tourists from France this year, as our country has managed to maintain its brand name as a safe destination, while still offering all of those special features that the French tourist market is looking for, ” Theoharis declared.
The Minister of Tourism also met with senior executives of the airline Transavia. They informed Theoharis that Greece is currently the top destination for bookings, exceeding demand for Spain and Portugal.
This is why Transavia has increased its capacity in 2021 to Greece to 1,100,000 passenger seats.
The airline currently connects 4 French cities to 12 Greek destinations, while the company announced on Saturday three additional direct flights from Paris-Préveza, Nantes-Corfu and Montpellier-Santorini.
Contact a French media Tourmag, Theocharis said that “we are sure that the tourist demand in Greece will be massive. However, I have to say that even in the most optimistic scenarios, we will not return to 2019 levels and it will be, objectively, very difficult to make up for all the losses. But 2021 will be a year of optimism for tourism. Greece continues to open up and will gradually reduce restrictions. “
The Greek minister also indicated that the 66th meeting of the Commission for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) would be held in Athens from June 2-4, under the auspices of the Greek government.