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Ch. Theocharis: The big tourist image of the country is not affected by the fires

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He spoke - among other things - about whether the fires that have been raging in recent days have an impact on the tourist image of our country. Athens 9.84 and to Giannis Papageorgiou, the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis.

"In these areas or around those where there is fire, there are issues of people wondering where to move.", stressed, among others, Mr. Theocharis.

However, he estimated that "The big picture for the country regarding tourism is not affected by such parody phenomena" and expressed his support for the victims, saying: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires. We hope that we will not have a bad result for anyone and that those who saw their property burn will be able to quickly restore their lives ".

At the same time, Mr. Theocharis noted that the in the first half of the year, tourism brought in revenues of around 1 billion, talking about a good start.

"The first essential month of tourism operation was June. We will see the official data from the Bank of Greece in the coming days. We will see the overall picture of the country, in economic terms, at the end of the season ".

Commenting on the effects of the pandemic on tourism, he stressed: "Obviously the Delta mutation plays a role. It is a pandemic within the pandemic and it affects a lot, as well as the measures taken by each country. In France, for example, they are debating whether to quarantine again, while in other countries there is a fear of someone traveling. This is a dynamic situation that requires us to be on our feet and to observe the health protocols ".

And he added: "We are affected by two things. "One of them is the state of competition in countries like Spain, Portugal, Egypt or the countries of the northern Mediterranean."

However, he said that Greece has won the bet of good management and the right image to the outside, pointing out that we should continue to strive for the best.

"We have done better in terms of health and communication and this is reflected in how much people want to come to our country. August is the month that most influences the result. Vaccination is the only passport to freedom. There are quick tests but there are also mutations on the other side. We must continue to be vigilant. "

Finally, regarding the European digital vaccination certificate, Mr. Theocharis said that it has worked and has set a positive precedent.

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