Sunvil will begin sending clients back to Greece next week, with chair Noel Josephides writing of his excitement to “reunite with friends and visit areas that hold such a special place in my heart”.
The operator’s first customers to return will depart next Thursday (16 July) with the majority of Sunvil’s European destinations now open to British travellers, or set to revise entry restrictions in the coming weeks.
Greece reopened its borders to international visitors earlier this month but restricted direct flights from the UK. Its government has since agreed to permit direct services from Britain to resume on Wednesday (15 July).
In a letter published on Sunvil’s website, Josephides described what he was most looking forward to upon his return.
“I want to sit in a shaded taverna, with our local hosts, and have a conversation. I want to hear their stories, their news and learn how Sunvil’s holiday programme can help them to rebuild their businesses. We’ll take the time to plan for the future and to reconnect,” he said.
“Wherever you choose to travel, I can guarantee you will receive the warmest of welcomes from our overseas partners, and throughout your trip you will be supported by our knowledgeable team here in the UK.”
Josephides said clients could “rest assured” promising all necessary safety precautions throughout their stay had been seen to, with Sunvil partners adopting the health and hygiene protocols of their respective governments.
The company has also created a coronavirus information hub on its website to give clients “a good idea of what to expect in the ’new normal’ we all find ourselves in”.
Josephides also encouraged perspective customers and curious travellers who “wish to learn more about what life is like, post-lockdown in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Italy and beyond” to contact its team of destination specialists.