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Three holiday destinations determined to be opened before the tourism season



Countries and tourism ministers are slowly putting together a battle plan to safely re-open borders to commercial holiday trade. Lockdown restrictions are being tentatively eased in many countries around the globe – but several question marks remain on how tourism can restart without compromising the global efforts being taken to combat the ongoing pandemic.

This week, three countries – Greece, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates – have announced their intentions, with optimistic predictions of July currently being mooted.

Having previously announced a pause until May 15, Dubai-based airline company Emirates have now revised this to a later and more realistic date of July 1. While they are currently continuing with a skeleton schedule of repatriation flights, bookings between now and July have now been officially suspended.

Dubai today eased restrictions on their coronavirus lockdown with residents now freely able to move without the use of a permit between 6am and 10pm.

Meanwhile, Greek tourism minister Harry Theoharis this week said the country to also reopen for July. He added that, in order to make up for lost revenue, they hope to push more tourism to Greece in the normally-quieter months of October and even November.

Elsewhere, Savvas Perdios, the tourism minister for Cyprus, has also this week earmarked July as a potential date for the resumption of tourism trade. He did, however, warn that his forecast would be based on contingencies.

Perdios predicts “different operation in relation to other years,” adding that “the basis will be the number of people the health ministry allow in the same space.”

This operation would then of course require individual hoteliers, restaurateurs and others’ co-operation in order to enforce the measures. Plans are also in the pipeline for tourism ministers to discuss what combined measures will need to be put in place across all airports in Europe.

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