Greek minister predicts better season

The Greek Tourism Development Minister Fani Palli-Petralia has reiterated her determination to end chronic problems facing the sector.Pallia-Petralia is also predicting a very positive season for Greek tourism, better than last year.

Addressing a National Tourism Council’s meeting, Palli-Petralia said “althoughthere is no magic recipe to solve problems,” she pledged to work hard towardsthis aim and urged for the support of the tourism industry.

The Greek minister said tourism was not a field of political confrontation.

“Businesspeople in thetourism sector must feel security for the future,” she stressed.

She also acknowledged that existing problems were acting as “brakes” to growthand pledged to combat red-tape.Drafting and implementing a “long-term tourism policy with a single strategy” was the main priority of the ministry and it was aimed to ensure increased demand for the country’s tourism product and to support the quality of the country’s tourism product.


She announced that a joint venture by MRB, PRC and a Spanish company was selected for drafting a marketing and advertising strategy for Greek tourism and stressed the need to focus on countries and population groups.The minister also announced that the ministry would soon table a draft bill onspa tourism, agro-tourism, sports tourism, a presidential decree on car racetracks and the start of an effort to coding tourism legislation.