Tourism builds bridges between peoples, says Kountoura

Tourism acts like a bridge to bring peoples together and promote friendship between them, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said during the two-day Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum north of Athens.

At the Hellexpo premises in Maroussi, Kountoura reiterated at the forum that the government’s target is to turn Greece into an attractive global destination. Current indicators support the trend in this direction, she said, as 2018 opened with double-digit (a nearly 13 pct) rise in international arrivals and a 14 pct rise in tourist receipts in the first quarter of the year, compared to 2017.

April saw a record of international arrivals compared to any other season, while a 17 to 18 pct rise in bookings has been registered to the end of the year, she said; in addition, over 350 new investments have been completed, expanding capacity in four- and five-star hotels by 25,000 beds.

Source ANA-MPA
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