GTP Headlines Covid-19: Ministry Secures New Help Actions for Greek Tourism

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.

New steps to help Greece’s tourism marketplace from the effect of the coronavirus (Covid-19) had been not long ago permitted by parliament, the Tourism Ministry introduced on Tuesday.

1 of the new steps aims to assistance land transport and will deliver reduction for tourism businesses that possess and run tour buses.

Τhe Covid-19 wellbeing protocol for tour buses in Greece placed a restrict on the highest number of passengers permitted onboard (only 65 % of its optimum passenger potential), a rule which has impacted the income of corporations.

“We are supporting tour buses, due to the fact we ruled out the possibility of them filling all of their seats because of to the pandemic,” Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis stated in parliament.

Trains carrying out vacationer routes will also acquire assistance as a limit also exists to how numerous passengers they can carry.

With wintertime places unable to attract tourists owing to the pandemic, parliament also authorised the extension of the “Tourism for All” social tourism system, which provides backed holidays to Greek beneficiaries.

The application, which gained 100 million euros in cash in 2020, aims to assist domestic tourism and increase vacation to lots of areas in Greece whose organizations rely on Greek travelers to a significant extent.

Also, the domestic tourism support scheme that provides corporate holiday getaway travel vouchers for non-public sector personnel will also be prolonged.

Furthermore, an additional measure sees the ministry giving corporations a one-yr extension to the deadline for the issuance of running licenses for vacationer ports.

“There are a variety of vacationer ports or shelters, for which the techniques for environmental scientific studies are pending. We are supplying a 1-calendar year extension so they can be concluded. In just the up coming 12 months, a new, important framework for the country’s marinas will occur that will incorporate more rapidly processes so that these kinds of extensions will not be needed,” the minister said.

In addition, parliament handed an modification which will make the quantity of compensation given to lodges that remained open up through the first Covid-19 lockdown period of time (April-May well) not issue to seizure or authorized to be set off with money owed toward the point out.