Some hotels eye June reopening

Some hotels could gradually start opening in June, though with health protocols that remain to be determined, the head of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) estimated on Tuesday.

Yiannis Retsos stressed that this was his personal view, before adding that the markets from which most foreign holidaymakers are expected to travel to Greece are countries that have performed rather well in tackling the Covid-19 epidemic, such as Israel, Cyprus, the Balkan states, Lebanon and some other Arabic states.

He also argued that the effort to restart Greek tourism will begin halfway through the third quarter of the year - i.e. in August - and will not be back up and running normally before September. As a result, a number of seasonal hotels are not expected to open at all this year, and Retsos pointed out that worker support measures will need to be expanded, along with...

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