Greece, as well as Cyprus, Bulgaria and Portugal, have “good chances” of opening up to tourism soon, said Fritz Joussen, executive chairman of German tourism group TUI.
These countries sought talks with TUI and are preparing “very intensively for the return of tourists,” Joussen told Der Spiegel magazine, in an interview that will be published on Monday.
Focusing on the prospects of European tourism for this year, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, the magazine notes that “Europe has been a familiar place for Europeans for decades. Now there are again borders, bars, a labyrinth full of obstacles.”
According to Der Spiegel, in a letter to his associates a few days ago, Joussen criticized the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the Prime Minister of Bavaria Markus Soeder, without naming them, because, as he wrote, “they have have already written off this year ” or advertise” holidays at home “,” instead of developing ideas about the conditions under which vacations and air travel will be possible again.”
On Wednesday, German ministers have agreed to extend the global travel warning to limit the spread of the coronavirus and prevent German tourists once again becoming stranded overseas.until at least June 14.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry said that the measure should remain in place “until further notice,” but at least until June 14.
It did not specify whether travel will be allowed during the summer holidays, saying only that the situation should be carefully reviewed and coordinated with neighboring European Union member states prior to that date.
However, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has already warned that travelers could not expect to take summer holidays as normal.