July leaves leaving a bitter taste to the professionals of Tourism, but also in the financial staff, as well as the increase of cases in European countries and the return of uncertainty, They "cut" the expectations for something better in August and September……..
July, according to iefimerida.gr, entered with the expectation that domestic tourism and the opening of borders to key customers of Greece, will reduce heavy losses. It was expressed, not, the hope that an extension of this season until October will work beneficially. Unfortunately, these estimates are not confirmed and according to calculations of the president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation, Gr. Tasios, this year's receipts will reach a maximum of 3 billion. euro, against 18 billion. euros last year and 20 billion. euros predicted before the outbreak of the pandemic.
Tourism: In the 25% the fullness nationwide
"July leaves with an average fullness of his class 25% Greece, despite the countries' opening up, "he told iefimerida, the president of POX, supplementing that this trend, this low arrival rate, will entice the first ten days of August.
Beyond the outbreak of cases in countries such as Spain and France, which forced the big tour operators to change their plans, the consistently bad image of the US, the "prohibition" in Russia, The reluctance of domestic professionals also raises concerns in the field of tourism. "There is a phobic climate," observes G.. Tasios, adding that initial expectations for high occupancy at land destinations are not currently confirmed, that is, where travel by ship or plane is not required.
Tourism: How full will the islands be in August
For August, the month where Greeks traditionally prefer for their holidays, the data so far lead to the conclusion that only in the small islands- mainly Cyclades- fullness will be high, while in the large islands and onshore destinations the fullness on average will be around 50%. As he hurries, indeed, to be clarified by the president of POX, These estimates do not apply to the whole of August, but only in the space of 7 as 20 of the month, that is, in the pick of summer leave.
Tourism: Fears of a big "dive" in September
As for September, G.. Tassios does not hide his concern, if not his fear, for a big "dive" if the country's tactics do not change. Including, The measure of their tests is recommended to the Greek Authorities 72 hours as an entry "passport", so as to facilitate arrival from countries such as Russia, where cases are low in proportion to the population.
G.. Tassios notes that all the tests, carried out by EODY to the hotel staff, are negative and this should be taken into account by those who are reluctant to travel, unlike diffusion cases and cases on Airbnb, confirming concerns about the proper implementation of hygiene protocols. On the other, the complaints of the Greeks for high prices in domestic accommodation- "Some people want to take out the broken ones on us", they say characteristically- despite the crisis, have reached the ears of industry professionals, oriented to movements of reluctance to attract the hesitant.
Discount packages to increase tourism for fear of "padlock"
Coordinated movements from small and larger units are expected, with 5-day vacation packages and discounts of his class 20% or 25% where appropriate.
Against the background of the lost year, industry professionals do not hide their fear for the next day. Beyond the financial ruin of domestic businesses- before the borders opened there were estimates for thousands of "padlocks" and 150- 200 thousands of unemployed- no one can predict which foreign tour operators and which airlines will have managed to survive, thus enhancing the sense that the next three years will be difficult…