ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE EURO - DOLLAR 1.63% GENERAL INDEX 665.01 1.1280 THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020 After seven years at the helm of the Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Ministry of Cyprus, Giorgos Lakkotrypis will be replaced by Natasa Pilides, as Nicosia announced a cabinet shake-up yesterday. Pilides is the island’s first ever deputy minister for shipping and an Oxford graduate with 15 years of experience in the private sector. IN BRIEF Greece’s biggest (Reuters) Onex Neorion Shipyards, (Reuters) (Reuters) Cruise tourism might resume in August that cruise ships might be set to return to Greece’s seas following advanced talks involving all parties concerned, with the prospect of some cruise schedules gradually starting from August being possible according to the local representative of the Cruise Lines International Association. During discussions between CLIA and Greece’s ministers of tourism, Haris Theocharis, and maritime affairs and Island Policy, Yiannis Plakiotakis, and experts of the National Public Health Organization (EODY) yesterday, Maria Deligianni, CLIA’s regional representative for the East Mediterranean, spoke of positive prospects for the resumption of cruise holidays in Greece by August. “All parties agreed on the need for national and industry coordination, and a clear timeline, in order for cruise operations to resume smoothly,” Deligianni said. “Cruise lines are looking at a gradual, phased resumption with a potentially limited number of cruise trips initially. We informed Greek officials that cruise lines are interested in including Greece in their itineraries this coming August, an aspiration which was positively received by the government,” the CLIA representative added. “For its part, the government indicated its intention to develop a national protocol as key to the resumption of operations based on guidelines being prepared by the European Commission – specifically the European Union Healthy Gateways guidance and the European Maritime Safety Agency,” Deligianni stated: “While we stressed the need for all stakeholders to work intensively so that everything is ready by August, the safety, health and well-being of passengers and crew is the industry’s number one priority.” “Our discussions focused on the development of framework protocols highlighting a holistic approach including the whole cruise trip, from the booking process until the departure home. Emphasis was placed on the strict pre-boarding measures and onboard procedures as well as the measures that will be taken at the embarkation and disembarkation ports, and transit calls,” concluded Deligianni. CLIA estimated yesterday that the suspension of operations for over three months has led to a total national economic impact of at least 200 million euros, while more than 1,700 jobs may be lost. Cruise holidays are a key component of local tourism, bringing more than 15% of Greece’s total of 33 million visitors per year, based on 2019 figures. It appears Your essential global and local news source in Greece. Subscribe today for just €6.29 a week for your first 8 weeks. Enjoy uncompromising New York Times reporting that deepens your understanding of the issues that matter, and get high-quality national and regional coverage in Kathimerini English Edition – all in one essential package. Includes: A 65% saving on the cover price Daily newspaper delivery to your door Unlimited access to NYTimes.com and apps for smartphone and tablet Q Q Q Order today 210 480 8222 email@example.com * Offer is valid for new subscribers in Athens and Thessaloniki only. Hand delivery is subject to confirmation by our local distributor. Smartphone and tablet apps are not supported on all devices.
© PressReader. All rights reserved.