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“Road tourism will recover faster this year” says Greece’s Tourism Minister

Road tourism will recover faster so the proper health conditions must exist for the fast opening of the borders with the neighboring Balkan countries, Greece’s Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said on Saturday. At the same time, he underlined that “road tourism is not the best kind of tourism” the country wound want.

Speaking to state-run news agency amna, Theocharis said that the “road tourism will recover faster so the conditions must exist for the fast opening of the borders.”

On the other hand, he underlined that the “road tourism is not the best kind of tourism so, we would not like this year’s tourism to be confine to this tourism”.

However, for the Tourism Ministry, road tourism is a priority for the markets of the Balkans.

Theocharis pointed out that “we are forming the necessary health protocols for the road entrance gates to Greece and in parallel we are proceeding with all the necessary actions in order to make the tourist flows from the Balkans feasible.”

He underlined that “road tourism is a sector that may contribute in the support of the demand for the opening of the tourist market as well as to the extension of the tourist period in Greece.”

The number of tourists that entered the country by road in 2018 was 8.8 million corresponding to 29% of the 30.3 million tourists that visited Greece (except cruise).

The tourists are mostly from Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia.

PS Of course, road tourism affects specific regions in Greece and certainly hardy the islands, where the majority of foreign tourists arrive per airplane.

Greece may start with the gradual lifting of the lockdown restrictions on May 4 and a roadmap that is expected to last 45 days, however, everything is still fluid due to the pandemic.

Rules for the safe movement of tourists have not been set yet and it is still unclear when the borders will open, ferries and flights will resume or the mandatory 14-day quarantine for new arrivals will be lifted.

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