Greece started opening to vacationers on Monday with few bookings however hopes for a greater season to assist make up for a 2020 devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Rhodes island, the place most guests are from overseas, hoteliers are scrubbing, sharpening and portray in anticipation of a make-or-break yr.
“We’re making ready the resort so as to begin as quickly as the federal government provides us the inexperienced mild,” George Tselios, common supervisor of Solar Seaside Resort, informed Reuters.
Greece will formally open on Could 14 however beginning Monday, vacationers from the European Union, the US, Britain, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates won’t quarantine if they’re vaccinated or check damaging for COVID-19.
Tourism, which generates a fifth of Greece’s GDP and one in 5 jobs, is significant for an financial system which had climbed out of a decade-long hunch solely to slide again into recession final yr as COVID-19 struck. Vacationers will likely be topic to lockdown restrictions, which embrace night-time curfews. Eating places and bars have been closed since November.