Greece Banks on Tourists Arriving Overland to Save Tourism Season



Greece hopes that travelers arriving overland will soften the blow to tourism this season as traditional markets remain closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said on Saturday that “overland tourism will recover faster so the conditions must exist for the fast opening of the borders with neighboring countries”.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA), Theocharis pointed out that overland tourism is a priority for the markets of the Balkans.

He added that the ministry is currently “forming the necessary health protocols for the road entrance gates to Greece and in parallel we are proceeding with all the necessary actions to make the tourist flows from the Balkans feasible.”

“Overland tourism is a sector that may contribute in the support of the demand for the opening of the tourist market as well as to the extension of the tourist period in Greece,” Theocharis underlined.

The number of tourists that entered the country by road in 2018 was 8.8 million or 29 percent of the 30.3 million tourists that visited Greece.

The tourists were mostly from Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania, and North Macedonia.