Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Friday anticipated an increase of German tourist arrivals in Greece which, he said, will cover last year's losses from one of the country's most significant markets. He said that the flow of German visitors to Greece has already shown signs of recovery, which was "very encouraging" for Greek tourism.
Geroulanos and his ministry's officials met with members of a German delegation, headed by Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology responsible for Tourism Ernst Burgbacher, in a closed meeting at the Culture Ministry.
On his part, Deputy Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis told ANA-MPA that the participants proposed the establishment of a joint committee that will focus on the change of the looming climate in Germany that could cause problems to Greek tourism.
Nikitiadis stressed that Friday's three-hour meeting confirmed the German side's volition to increase the tourist currents to Greece and also expressed the hope that 2011 will be a good year for Greek tourism.
Culture, Tourism minister holds talks with Commissioner Vassiliou
The latest developments in the sector of sport dominated the meeting between Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos with the European Commissioner on Education, Culture, Multilinguism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou, on Friday.
The minister stressed the importance of cooperation between UEFA and the Greek Soccer Federation (EPO), that led to the first step for the restructuring of Greek soccer. Vassiliou was also briefed by the minister on Greece's tourism movement, which is showing an increase in the region of 10 percent so far.
On her part, Vassiliou noted that particular emphasis must be placed on the dimension of tourism so that the consequences of the economic crisis can be tackled, as well as on the promotion of cultural tourism, as a factor of economic growth and social cohesion, particularly in the modern-day unfavourable economic conjunctures, as she said.