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Culture minister on tourism policy for 2011

Δημοσίευση 11 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:17 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
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Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Monday described Greece's national tourism organisation (GNTO) as a "deeply sick outfit", following the release of a report on the way the GNTO had functioned in the past three years that is now in the hands of justice.

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Monday described Greece's national tourism organisation (GNTO) as a "deeply sick outfit", following the release of a report on the way the GNTO had functioned in the past three years that is now in the hands of justice.

In a meeting with reporters on Monday, Geroulanos stressed that GNTO had squandered money that should not have been wasted in this way.

He also outlined ministry initiatives that are now underway for 2011 and aim to bring Greece's tourism sector out of the crisis.

These include a draft bill that will simplify the process of tourism investments, including tourist housing not attached to hotel units and a promotional campaign that will once again pivot on use of the Internet.

Geroulanos said that GNTO will participate in 69 international tourism exhibitions during 2011 but with a budget that is 40 percent less than that spent in 2010.

Minister: '2011 must become milestone for tourism'

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos inaugurated an event organised at a downtown hotel by the hotels chamber of commerce, expressing a hope that 2011 will serve a milestone year for Greek tourism.

"The year that passed was difficult but it left an important message behind it: That if we work together, with common goals, we can achieve whatever goal we set," the minister said and part of the new year's goals are the country's cleverer promotion, the upgrading of the quality of services as well as the better utilisation of property.

 

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