"Tourism proved that it can be the locomotive of the Greek economy," Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said on Thursday 9 October in Parliament, during the debate on a vote of confidence requested by the coalition government.
The importance of collective action and effective cooperation between the State and Greece's tourism sector was highlighted by Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni, during an open Board of Directors meeting of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) held in Athens.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be the keynote speaker at the closing dinner of the 13th Tourism & Development Conference of SETE on "The Strategic Advantages of Greece: Investments & Development."
Tourism development should be based on criteria of sustainability and respect for the natural and human environment, Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni underlined during the 3rd UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries taking place in Florence, Italy.
Greek cultural tourism could receive a major boost if important monuments - such as the recently discovered large burial mound in Amphipolis, northern Greece - are handled correctly, Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said during an interview to a Greek TV station.
Safeguards must be developed for Greek businessmen and Russian tourists in the event of a tour operator going bankrupt, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said on 17 September when referring to the wave of collapses among tour operators in Russia this summer.
A ferry route that will connect Patmos to the islands of Samos (Pythagoras), Kos and Kalymnos will be available as of next year, Greek Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis informed the local authorities of Patmos during a recent meeting.
"Now, more than ever, it is possible to gradually extend the tourist season," Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni recently said in regards to an initiative announced by Google that sees to promote Greece during the off season.
Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd has joined the voice of environmental groups and citizens in Greece against the government's coastline privatization plans and recently sent a letter to Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni.
The Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) are closely cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the diplomatic mission of Greece in Moscow to responsibly manage the situation that has arisen with the closure of a leading Russian tour operator.