The Greece known for the Acropolis, the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos and Santorini, and the natural beauty of the Corfu coast is once again open to travelers, and already the return of the wealthier tourists is noticeable. according to Bloomberg, the Hellenic country tops Bloomberg's superyacht chart for the first time with at least 194 of these ships anchored off the coast.
The figure gathered by Bloomberg on June 25 is 80% higher than last month as the tourist season resumes in the nations of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic seas with early summer temperatures despite the current pandemic.
Among the visitors staying on yachts off the Greek coast last week were celebrities Magic Johnson (former American basketball player), Australian tycoon James Packer and the stars of the reality show "Richie Family". According to information to which Bloomberg had access, ships belonging to billionaires David Geffen, Abdullah al Futtaim and Ernesto Bertarelli will also be anchored there.
Greece, which has already administered vaccines to 37% of its population, was able to repel the outbreaks in November, March, and even April of this year by reopening borders to tourists as of May 14. The measures in place do not require mandatory quarantine for tourists who present a vaccination certificate or test negative for covid-19.
But what is happening in Greece does not please everyone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron recently criticized the country and other tourism-dependent nations for freely accepting visitors who have been inoculated against the virus with the less effective vaccines used in Russia and China.
The now weakened tourism industry accounts for over 25% of Greek jobs and about 20% of GDP. The Hellenic nation received the 18th most visitors between 2015 and 2019 in the world by accepting 30.3 million tourists on average per year according to World Bank data.