Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni, continuing her upbeat approach to try to get more visitors to Greece, went to Israel to meet government officials and also try to boost investment for her debt-crunched country.
Kefaloyianni met with her counterpart Stas Misezhnikov at the start of a two-day swing where the two discussed options for attracting Israeli business interest in Greece and tourists.
The meeting took place during the IMTM 2013 international travel fair in Israel, and led to the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries’ tourism authorities, it was reported.
“For Greece, Israel constitutes a significant market that we want to develop further, as 400,000 of its citizens come to Greece and we want this number to grow in the coming years,” Kefaloyianni said after meeting Misezhnikov.
Speaking at the travel fair, Kefaloyianni called the Israelis “friends and allies” and stressed that visitors to Greece have nothing to fear. She also mentioned the growth potential for special forms of tourism, such as cruising, maritime, medical and diving tourism. She was scheduled to meet President Shimon Peres as well.
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