09 January, 2007
Developments in the tourist sector are expected to be positive in 2007, both as regards arrivals and revenues, on condition that no unexpected situations will occur that will affect the domestic and international tourist environment.
This was indicated by Hotel Chamber of Greece President Gerasimos Fokas in the framework of the Chamber's annual reception to welcome the New Year.
The year 2006, both at the level of arrivals and revenues, showed considerable tourist indicators for the sector in its entirety, as well as for hotel businesses, for the second consecutive year.
Fokas said that the Chamber proposes for the three-year period until 2010 the implementation of a firm and specialised policy of creating new units with special measures and policies both for the touristically developed regions and destinations due to be developed.
"The Chamber intends, through specific initiatives, to become actively involved in the shaping of a new business environment for the firms it represents, proposing in parallel positions and motions for the creation of a more modern and competitive environment for Greek tourism," he further said.
Tourism minister addresses Greek Tourist Vessel reception
Tourist Development Minister Fanny Palli Petralia addressed the annual New Year reception of the Union of Greek Tourist Vessels Owners on Monday, stressing that marine tourism and yachting is a very important part of Greek tourism and pointing out that it is a sector requiring necessary attention by all.
The minister offered assurances that "a strong will and a positive mood exist on the part of the government and the ministry in particular for all possibilities in this sector to be promoted." She also emphasized that marine tourism constitutes a priority for Greece and plays a leading role in the country's tourist policy.
Lastly, Petralia said that a main concern of the ministry is the improvement of infrastructures and of services provided in the marine tourism sector and noted that her cooperation with Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyannis was very close.
Source: Athens News Agency