Greece prepares for next stage in Covid relaxation as tourism hopes hang in balancePoliticsGreek Politics
The next steps in Greece’s gradual emergence from a six-month lockdown are set to be confirmed on Wednesday, although Covid-19 numbers have eased only marginally and there are doubts about the tourism sector’s ability to capitalise on the official reopening from Friday.
Vaccination weak spots still a concern as govt aims for better summerPoliticsGreek Politics
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has assured an international audience that the Covid-19 situation in Greece will be much better over the coming months even though there has not been a significant reduction in pressure on public hospitals and some weaknesses in the vaccination process remain.
Travel balance falls by 89.3 pct in FebruaryEconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s travel balance came to a surplus of 7.6 million euros in February from 70.7 million a year ago, Bank of Greece (BoG) data has shown. This is equal to a decrease of 89.3 percent year-on-year (YoY).
Govt in tight spot as opposition questions lockdown easing prioritiesPoliticsGreek Politics
The mantra of “Easter in the village” seems unlikely to become a reality for Greeks next month, as comments from government and church officials suggest that travel between regions will not be allowed in time for Holy Week next week.
Govt prepares new round of economic relief as Covid remains a threatPoliticsGreek Politics
The government is trying to send reassuring messages about its ability to provide sufficient economic support to make up for the longer than expected impact of Covid-19, even though the virus’s persistence has thrown off New Democracy’s initial planning for 2021.
Travel balance falls by 97.6 pct in JanuaryEconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s travel balance came to 2.4 million euros in January from 54.9 million a year ago, Bank of Greece (BoG) data has shown. This is equal to a decrease of 97.6 percent year-on-year (YoY).
UK and EU travel restrictions raise concerns for tourism seasonPoliticsGreek Politics
The news that the UK Parliament looks likely to pass new pandemic measures which include a 5,000 pound fine for unnecessary foreign travel until July has caused consternation in Athens, where it was hoped that UK visitors would be among the first and most numerous to take advantage of the reopening of Greek tourism from May 14.
EU digital certificate seen as boost for tourism against backdrop of worsening pandemicPoliticsGreek Politics
The European Commission’s decision to back the issuance of so-called “Digital Green Certificates” for travel has been welcomed by PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis as a potential boost for Greek tourism.
Turnover in tourism drops by 57.6 pct in Q4EconomyMacroeconomy
The turnover index in accommodation and food services fell by 57.6 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter, a third straight quarter when it dropped by more than half, Hellenic Statistical Authority figures showed on Friday.
Travel balance falls by 97.3 pct in December, 76.5 pct in 2020EconomyMacroeconomy
Greece’s travel balance came to 0.8 million euros in December from 28.6 million a year ago, Bank of Greece (BoG) data has shown. This is equal to a decrease of 97.3 percent year-on-year (YoY).