Having taken a high title on the annual World Journey Awards Grand Closing, Breaking Journey Information right here chats with Greek minister of tourism, Harry Theocharis, to learn the way it feels to have gained
Harry Theocharis: It’s a nice honour and a recognition of the arduous work we did this season, below very strenuous circumstances, threat and uncertainty.
This 12 months proved the other of that anticipated, probably the most troublesome season for world tourism within the final decade.
My aim as minister of tourism in Greece, from the start of the pandemic disaster, was to make sure that our nation will open to vacationers with security.
Safeguarding the well being of vacationers in addition to of locals has been and can proceed to be our primary precedence as we are actually making ready for the restoration season of 2021.
Due to our coordinated efforts and the technique that Greece adopted, we welcomed greater than six million overseas guests throughout a really quick four-month season, and everybody went residence wholesome and secure.
Our imaginative and prescient for 2021 is to stay a high secure vacation spot, providing distinctive experiences to guests.
BTN: How helpful are the World Journey Awards with regards to selling Greece to a world hospitality viewers?
HT: Visibility constructed on outcomes and effectiveness such because the World Journey Awards provide is now greater than ever a strong device in selling our vacation spot.
Thanks for awarding our organisation for the profitable efforts in safely opening Greece to tourism throughout 2020.
This recognition ignites our will and dedication to supply guests a singular and secure journey expertise in 2021.
BTN: It has been a difficult 12 months for hospitality throughout Europe and, certainly, world wide. What do you assume caught the attention of voters at this troublesome time?
HT: Undoubtedly Greece did an excellent job in dealing with the well being disaster brought on by the pandemic.
Our authorities’s pre-emptive lockdown technique early on and the meticulous measures and protocols that we put in place to be able to open the nation to tourism paid off.
In follow, as precise guests loved their keep safely in Greece, this additionally considerably enhanced our nation’s model picture as a high world vacation spot.
It’s no coincidence that this 12 months Greece returned to the top-five world tourism manufacturers in accordance with Ipsos survey, amongst 50 nations.
BTN: Does the prospect of a vaccine for Covid-19 encourage confidence within the Greek tourism sector that the journey again to normality can start as we glance to 2021?
HT: We count on 2021 to be a 12 months of restoration, as folks greater than ever have the need to journey.
To make this need and precise choice, a number of components want to mix: the vaccine and doable efficient treatment, monetary restoration of the markets and naturally a standard algorithm for travelling, no less than inside Europe, clear to everybody and agreed by all of the stakeholders.
From our aspect, we’re working intently with all of the our bodies pushing in the direction of this path, as it’s the solely viable choice if we would like tourism to make a comeback in 2021.
Greece is on the forefront of this effort and I’m assured that subsequent 12 months might be a restoration season for our tourism and a secure, rewarding season for our guests.
The Greek Nationwide Tourism Organisation (GNTO) is a public physique below the supervision of the ministry of tourism.
It’s thought of the governmental board for the promotion of tourism in Greece.
Its foremost mission is to develop and promote the Greek tourism product via the implementation of promotional tourism campaigns each in Greece and overseas.
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