It’s been 7-weeks since the COVID-19 lockdown began here in Canada. It’s fair to say, it has been a challenging time for travellers, Poseidon Charters, our partners, operators and everyone connected to travel.
At this point, it is unknown when the new travel normal will start, as airlines for the most part are still grounded with travel advisories still in place. For the past few weeks, Poseidon Charters and our partners have worked tirelessly helping each of our clients travelling in June and July to reschedule their trip to later in the year or 2021. For customers who were looking forward to their wonderful sailing vacations, this is obviously stressful and very unfortunate that their trip is not taking place as planned. For Poseidon Charters and our partners, it means loss of all 2020 revenue and unlike restaurants and other services who will gradually reopen, the travel industry is unlikely to go back to normal for quite some time.
Poseidon Charters, as a small company is very lucky to have a very low cost of operations and financially we are well placed to ride the storm after over 28 years’ in the travel industry. We are a member of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) and the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA) meaning that during the pandemic we have been offering reschedule of affected trips and when we are back to business as usual, will offer 100% protection of your funds should the operator fail to deliver the service.
The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to come through, and this week we watched with interest as CNN reporter Nic Robertson spoke to the Greek Kyriakos Mitsotakis on his intention and hope that Greece will reopen for business on 1st July 2020. You can watch the interview at this link
For now, we will continue to dream of the wine dark sea, the delicious olives and feta cheese and count the days until we see our beloved Greece again.
We send our continued best wishes to everyone to remain safe and well.
It's been a long time in the making but finally, we are able to head to Greece for the Mediterranean Yacht Show - MEDYs.
As we see the world slowly starting to move to the new normal post COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited that the gates to international travel are also beginning to open.