Regional authorities in the North Aegean region are expressing their concerns over the decreased numbers of tourists visiting the islands as a result of the ongoing influx of refugees there and the negative media coverage.
The Tourism Ministry is joining forces with the University of Patras and the regions of Western Greece and the Peloponnese to establish a framework to develop and market national medical tourism products.
The Greek Tourism Ministry on Thursday invited local authorities to cooperate for the smooth operation of identification centres, the so-called hotspots, on the Aegean islands where migrants and refugees are disembarking.
This December and for the third year, hotels, major companies and tourism organizations will meet up in Athens at the 3rd Business Travel Professionals Forum (BTPF) held by Simple Way of Tourism (SWOT).
The Region of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace is marketing itself as a year round destination for travellers seeking unspoiled nature and alternative forms of tourism, at the "Destinations - The Holiday & Travel Show" that opened at the Olympia London in the United Kingdom.
"Our goal is for Athens to become a metropolitan center for tourism at a European and global level and a strong and attractive city break destination," Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said on Tuesday.