Greece’s Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism, George Nikitiades, and the EU Commissioner for Industry, Antonio Tajani, have signed an agreement that will see Greece participate in the European project for tourism development in the off-season between South America and Europe.
The project, which was launched in June 2011, aims to bring 50,000 tourists to both sides of the Atlantic.
Alongside Greece, other countries taking part in the scheme include Brazil, Argentina and Chile in South America, and five other European countries (Italy, Spain, France, Poland and Lithuania), as well as a series of airlines and tour operators. “It is crucial to work with Greece not only in terms of debt but also to develop growth and employment,” Tajani said. “Tourism, as well as exports, represents one of the few growing sectors in the country”.
Nikitiades, meanwhile, said that the agreement represented “an opportunity to help the country in concrete terms”, and mooted joint ventures “between two or three countries” to create tourism packages “with Rome, Athens and maybe Paris”. “Europe is the world’s number one tourist destination,” the Greek Minister added. “The target of 50,000 tourists is low, we will do a lot better”.
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