The Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT) is planning honeymoon offers in order to increase the flow of Chinese tourists in Greece.
Five trips to Greece with all expenses covered were won during a special showing of the Chinese movie entitled “Love in Beijing.” The movie shooting took place in Santorini, Greece with the support of the Greek National Tourism Organization.
The movie premier was attended by 2,500,000 people, a new record for the Chinese box office.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni met with the new Ambassador of China to Athens, Zou Xiaoli. During the meeting they decided to create a “Task Force” for the increase of Greek-Chinese cooperation in tourism.
During the meeting, Olga Kefalogianni made reference to major reforms that have been carried out in Greece in the past two years and expressed the country’s wish to further strengthen the Greek-Chinese relations in the tourism industry.
Furthermore, it was agreed that a Greek-Chinese Symposium will be organized to deal with tourism issues. The Symposium will be held in Athens in 2014 and representatives from the field of tourism in Greece and China will be participating.
During the meeting Olga Kefalogianni and Zou Xiaoli discussed the granting of visas to Chinese people who want to visit Greece. In regards to this matter, the Greek Minister of Tourism said that the government is working on speeding up and simplifying the visa procedures for visitors from third countries.
Finally, Ms. Kefalogianni mentioned that special signs will be posted in the Chinese language, specifically for tourists in certain Greek touristic sites, while the issue of tourist guide certification for Chinese people is also being discussed.