Holidays with "Tourism for all" by 15 July: The Minister of Tourism Haris Theocharis, on the sidelines of his visit, spoke to Newsbeast about boosting domestic tourism and gave the program a timetable.
"It simply came to our notice then. In the coming days we have the inclusion of companies that want to participate in “Tourism for everyone”. When this process is completed, the platform will be open to beneficiaries, Greek citizens who will have the right to be subsidized to go on vacation. Our planning is up to 15 July so that the beneficiaries can go out and thus have the opportunity to go on vacation ", said in particular to Newsbeast Mr.. Theocharis.
With the program "Tourism for all" are available 30 million. euro from the state budget to give the opportunity to hundreds of thousands of Greeks for almost a week of vacation.
The income criteria is 16.000 euro annual income, 28.000 family with increase for each child.
The duration of the program is six months until 31 December for "Tourism for all" to contribute to the smooth restart of the tourist market, but also the extension of the tourist season.
Half of the rent is covered for four nights with a maximum of 120 euros per person.
The program involves more than one million nights. Citizens will apply through the Taxis system and will be selected by electronic lottery.
The government is promoting this program as a substantial development and social policy. And at the same time with the opening of tourism abroad (As of today, foreign flights to El. Venizelos and the airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki), wants to support domestic tourism as well, which is an important part of the tourism industry.
"We really deserve a vacation"
Asked what message he is addressing to Greek citizens, who have experienced the economic consequences of his pandemic mockery and they may also be afraid to go on vacation this year, Mr. Theocharis answered:
"It simply came to our notice then, but not just financial. Both the psychological and the real difficulty, the health difficulties we went through. We did it and we really deserve a vacation. This is the message that the Ministry of Tourism sends to every Greek citizen, to every Greek citizen and that is why we have activated three programs, we claimed three programs in favor of the Greek citizens: The “Tourism for everyone”, the revival of this program of the Ministry of Tourism. Secondly, the strengthening of the social tourism program of OAED with three times more funds than,what was planned for this year. And of course a coupon program for private businesses, to be set up by the Ministry of Finance to strengthen the tourism economy by the private sector. It is very important for all of us, for the tourism industry, let the Greeks go this year holidays».