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GlobalData: Demand for long-haul travel greater than expected despite Covid-19 restrictions

Despite travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, it appears that consumer confidence has not been deterred too drastically, as a recent survey by GlobalData, a leading data, and analytics company, showed that 36% of respondents stated that they would consider an international trip to a different continent in the next 12 months, which is eight percent more than the percentage of respondents that stated they would consider an international trip to a country within the continent in which they live, hospitalitynet.org reports. Ralph Hollister, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, notes: "Due to COVID-19, there have been frequent adjustments made to travel restrictions, and each country has different regulations in place, which means that traveling to a different continent in the short-term will still be risky. These implications can lead to sudden cancelations, and the likelihood of contracting the virus is at the forefront of travelers' minds. However, it appears that these factors may not deter consumers from traveling as long-haul routes look set to reopen to the masses this year." "Concern around the factors above would suggest that demand for long-haul travel should be lower than the demand for short-haul travel, however, this appears to not be the case. This shows how general fatigue created by the pandemic has left travelers adamant that they need a radical change of scenery and may be willing to put considerable concerns aside to achieve this." This month, United Airlines announced a further long-haul international expansion to Europe and Air France declared further expansion to the US, with new flights commencing this summer. United Airlines stated it will add new flights to Croatia, Iceland, and Greece. Additionally, Air France publicized that it had added Denver to its network. Hollister adds: "This increase in long-haul flights to popular destinations shows that airlines have also predicted pent-up demand for long-haul travel this year. Betting on long-haul travel from a traveler and business point of view still carries risk as the pandemic is not over and the situation can still quickly change. However, global demand for long-haul travel is evidently growing, which shows signs that meaningful recovery could start this year." Read more here. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Adblock test (Why?)

Cyprus kicks off tourist season with Coronapass required

Despite criticisms over data privacy worries, Cyprus on May 10 began a so-called  CoronaPass requirement to allow travel as the country has opened to more tourists and eased out of COVID-19 lockdown measures. That requires a document or mobile phone certificate proving vaccination or a negative Coronavirus test taken within the previous 72 hours, of recovery from the virus in the last six months. It must be displayed by all residents and visitors at hotels, restaurants, cafes or bars, places of worship, theaters and cinemas, shopping malls, gyms, retirement homes, beauty salons, beaches, food stores, and other public venues. “Cyprus takes a step towards returning to a more normal pace of social and economic activity," Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said, reported the site Medical Xpress. "By implementing health protocols, testing the population, and expediting the vaccination program, Cyprus is taking an important step towards exiting uncertainty," he added. The pass will replace a system in which people had to get official approval by tet message or another form to be able to leave their homes during three lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. Cypriots wanting to enter hospitality venues will now need to show the COVID-19-free certificate as a temporary measure until May 31 in an attempt to get more people to be vaccinated, which isn't mandatory. The health ministry said Cyprus ranks sixth in the EU for administering the first dose of COVID vaccines, with two shots required weeks or months apart except for the single-shot Johnson & Johnson dose. Until May 8, some, 36 percent of the adult population had received the first jab, and 11 percent been fully vaccinated but health officials said 65-70 percent of the population must be protected to achieve immunity and beat the pandemic. Cyprus, excluding the northern third occupied by Turkish-Cypriots since an unlawful 1974 Turkish invasion, has had nearly 70,000 cases and 334 deaths since March 2020. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AyianapaProtaras Adblock test (Why?)

Ambassador to Athens: US President committed to raising Greece-US relations ‘to next level’

Greece is emerging "as a major technology hub for Southeastern Europe," noted US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt during a fireside chat at the Delphi Economic Forum VI at Zappeion Hall in Athens on Monday, according to ANA. The 100-million-dollar investment by computer giant Microsoft for a cloud data center to be built in Greece is "a real game-changer in this area," pointed out the Ambassador. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: usembassy kyiv Adblock test (Why?)

Ambassador Pyatt from Alexandroupolis: US strategically committed to northern Greece

U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Friday underscored the United States' strategic commitment to northern Greece, in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency while visiting the port of Alexandroupolis for the final phase of the inter-allied military exercise Defender-Europe 2021. VIPs visited Alexandroupolis on Friday for the start of the port authority's support of the exercise and the hosting of U.S. forces at the port, ANA reports. Asked by ANA about the importance  of the use of the Alexandroupolis port by US forces in actions such as that on Friday, as well as his own frequent visits to the region, for bilateral Greek-U.S. relations, Pyatt said that "this is a proof of our strategic commitment to northern Greece and of Alexandroupolis' role as a military logistics hub, an energy hub, a regional access hub, and a transport hub." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Mpb eu Adblock test (Why?)

Domestic aviation demand records spike in March

 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021). Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to March 2019. That was an improvement over the 74.9% decline recorded in February 2021 versus February 2019. The better performance was driven by gains in domestic markets, particularly China. International traffic remained largely restricted. International passenger demand in March was 87.8% below March 2019, a very small improvement from the 89.0% decline recorded in February 2021 versus two years ago. Total domestic demand was down 32.3% versus pre-crisis levels (March 2019), greatly improved over February 2021, when domestic traffic was down 51.2% versus the 2019 period. All markets except Brazil and India showed improvement compared to February 2021, with China being the key contributor, as already noted.“The positive momentum we saw in some key domestic markets in March is an indication of the strong recovery we are anticipating in international markets as travel restrictions are lifted. People want and need to fly. And we can be optimistic that they will do so when restrictions are removed,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director-General. MARCH 2021 (% VS MARCH 2019) WORLD SHARE1 RPK ASK PLF (%-PT)​2 PLF (LEVEL)​3 Total Market 100.0% -67.2% -56.8% -19.7% 62.3% Africa 1.9% -71.8% -61.6% -19.2% 53.0% Asia Pacific 38.6% -60.4% -51.6% -14.8% 66.9% Europe 23.6% -81.7% -74.1% -25.4% 59.3% Latin America 5.7% -64.5% -59.1% -10.8% 70.8% Middle East 7.4% -80.3% -65.6% -31.4% 42.2% North America 22.7% -57.2% -41.3% -23.2% 62.4% 1) % of industry RPKs in 2020    2) Change in load factor vs. the same month in 2019    3) Load Factor Level International Passenger MarketsAsia-Pacific airlines’ March international traffic was down 94.8% compared to March 2019, barely better than the 95.4% decline registered in February 2021 versus February 2019. The region continued to suffer from the steepest traffic declines for a ninth consecutive month. Capacity was down 87.0% and the load factor sank 48.6 percentage points to 31.9%, the lowest among regions. European carriers recorded an 88.3% decline in traffic in March versus March 2019, just slightly ahead of the 89.1% decline in February compared to the same month in 2019. Capacity fell 80.0% and load factor fell by 35.0 percentage points to 49.4%. Middle Eastern airlines’ demand fell 81.6% in March compared to March 2019, improved over an 83.1% demand drop in February, versus the same month in 2019. Capacity fell 67.2%, and load factor declined 32.3 percentage points to 41.3%. North American carriers saw March traffic sink 80.9% compared to the 2019 period, a gain compared to the 83.4% decline in February compared to two years ago. Capacity sagged 62.6%, and load factor dropped 41.0 percentage points to 42.9%. Latin American airlines experienced an 82.4% demand drop in March, compared to the same month in 2019, a slight improvement compared to the 83.7% decline in February compared to February 2019. March capacity was down 77.4% compared to March 2019 and load factor dropped 18.1 percentage points to 63.6%, the highest among the regions for a sixth straight month. African airlines’ traffic sank 73.7% in March versus March two years ago, marking a deterioration compared to a 72.3% decline recorded in February compared to February 2019. March capacity contracted 61.8% versus March 2019, and load factor fell 22.3 percentage points to 49.0%. Domestic Passenger Markets MARCH 2021 (%VS MARCH 2019) WORLD SHARE1 RPK ASK PLF (%-PT)​2 PLF (LEVEL)​3 Domestic 54.3% -32.3% -20.5% -12.5% 71.6% Dom. Australia 0.7% -45.8% -34.7% -13.5% 65.8% Dom. Brazil 1.6% -54.0% -44.2% -14.3% 66.6% Dom. China P.R. 19.9% -2.6% -9.1% -9.1% 75.9% Dom India 2.1% -32.4% -14.0% -18.5% 68.2% Dom. Japan 1.5% -58.3% -45.7% -17.6% 58.1% Dom. Russian Fed. 3.4% 8.5% 0.9% 6.1% 86.5% Dom. US 16.6% -43.9% -28.5% -18.6% 68.0% 1) % of industry RPKs in 2020    2) Change in load factor vs. the same month in 2019    3) Load Factor Level Brazil’s domestic traffic was down 54.0% in March compared to March 2019, as the authorities tightened restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases. This was drastically worse than the 34.9% decline in February over February 2019. Japan’s domestic traffic declined 58.3% in March versus the same month in 2019, much improved from the 73.2% decline in February compared to two years ago. The Bottom Line“The emergence of new COVID-19 variants and rising cases in some countries are behind governments’ reluctance to lift travel restrictions and quarantine. However, we are beginning to see positive developments, such as the recent announcement by European Commission President von der Leyen that vaccinated travelers from the US will be allowed to enter the EU. At least 24 countries have already said they will welcome vaccinated travelers. We expect this to continue and gather momentum as vaccination numbers rise. However, governments should not rely only on vaccinations, as it risks discriminating against those individuals who are unable to get a vaccine for medical or other reasons, or who lack access to vaccines—a common situation in much of the world today. Affordable, timely and effective testing must be available as an alternative to vaccines in facilitating travel,” said Walsh. “Furthermore, for as long as these health measures are required, governments need to accept digital COVID-19 test and vaccination certificates and to follow global standards for issuing their own vaccination certificates and test results. We are already seeing intolerable waits at some airports, as airlines, passengers and border control authorities are having to rely on paper processes at a time when airports are no longer designed to accommodate them. The IATA Travel Pass addresses this challenge by enabling travelers to control and share their digital vaccination certificate or test results with airlines and border authorities, easing facilitation and reducing the risk of fraudulent documents,” said Walsh. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Adblock test (Why?)

Europe Day 2021 commemorated on the Athens Acropolis with raising of Greek and EU flags

The flags of Greece and the European Union were raised at the Acropolis early on Sunday in celebration of "Europe Day 2021", in the presence of Hellenic Republic President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, ANA reports. In a tweet in Greek, Schinas noted, "Europe Day today at the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Greek and European flags together for the first time at the monument of global culture. A unique, unprecedented moment. Greece and Europe together, always consistent before history's commanding calls." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Christophe Meneboeuf Adblock test (Why?)

Online citizen services, except vaccinations, paused in Greece until noon on Sunday

Online citizen services that require verification via the TaxisNet platform (such as e-Efka or social insurance funds) are not accessible from 06:00 on Saturday through 12 noon on Sunday, ANA reports. System upgrades are necessary, the ministry noted, as over 280,000 citizens, businesses and public bodies log in the governmental platforms every day, while another 145,000 calls for web services are also carried out on a daily basis. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Adblock test (Why?)

A taste of the Greek island of Ikaria lands outside Sydney’s Bondi Beach

The Greek Aegean island of Ikaria is famed as being one of the world's five Blue Zones for high life expectancy, and the food and wine is a good part of that – both now available in a way right at Sydney's famed Bondi Beach in Australia. Ikaria is a new meze bar there, inspired by the island, created by the husband-and-wife team of Joaquin Saez and Emily Abay, the Aegean meeting the South Pacific ocean, a Greek island inside, and the beach out the front window. Abay, also a fashion photographer, created an interior reminiscent of a Greek island eatery, said the site Concrete Playground, and oh, there's that view. Head chef Robert Young has created a menu of Mediterranean favorites, including Ikarian-styled taramosalata served with warm pita bread for dipping, saganaki with chestnut honey, and crisp zucchini chips matched with herb aioli. Octopus is grilled and teamed with loukaniko and salsa verde featured with a plate of Greek-style lamb meatballs, the food downed with wine and Greece's Mythos lager along with local beers, Australia known for that, and you can drift off to the island too. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: KF Adblock test (Why?)

History lectures organized by the Jewish Community of Athens on May 9

Greek Jewish History Lectures, organized by the Jewish Community of Athens are running from April-June, once per month. The lectures on different topics focusing on the Jews of Greece are held via the Zoom platform. The second lecture of the series takes place Sunday, May 9, at 7 PM GR /ISR time (GMT+3)/12 PM NY/9 AM LA, with guest speaker Dr. Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis on the Romaniotes Jews and their origin. Zoom details are the following: https://tinyurl.com/greek-lectures Meeting ID: 823 1487 7995 Passcode: greek1234 All the participants, upon their entry, will be muted by the administrator. At the end of the presentation, there will be time to ask questions to the lecturer. During the presentation, participants can either use the platform’s ‘chat’ or ‘the raised hand’ feature to ask questions. Dr. Panagiotidis will try to answer as many questions as possible. Register for the lectures online: https://tinyurl.com/greek-jewish-history-lectures. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Nyat Adblock test (Why?)

Greece records 2,691 new Covid-19 cases and 63 fatalities on Friday

Greece confirmed 2,691 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 7 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Friday, according to ANA. There are also 63 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 10,910. Of these, 95.3 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old or older. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Adblock test (Why?)