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SETE Calls for Ministry Coordination

Newly elected chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Nikos Aggelopoulos (Aldemar Hotels & Spa), recently called for better coordination of tourism-related ministries and unification for the sake of sustainable tourism development in Greece at the association’s annual general assembly held recently.

The association’s chairman stressed this is necessary because tourism is the driving force behind an increase in Greece’s gross domestic product, employment, peripheral development, and income. Mr. Aggelopoulos outlined the above points in his speech in the presence of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos. SETE’s chairman asserted the need to increase the tourism development ministry’s funds and jurisdictions so that it can autonomously take action with regard to activities that other ministries consider to be low priority.

The chairman of the board also explained, “Subsidies and funds should be provided to under-developed regions for complete refurbishments and tourism investment with regard to improvement in services whilst incentives should also be given to developed regions. The zoning plan for tourism must be formed with a balance of development and protection of the environment.” The new chairman also used this opportunity to officially welcome the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation (POX) as the newest member of the association and asserted that through this unification, “We achieve a holistic representation of the tourism sector.”

SETE’s New Board of Directors

Name (Company) Position
Stavros Andreadis (Sani Beach Holiday Resort) Honorary Chairman
Spyros Kokotos (Elounda Luxury Hotels & Resorts) Honorary Chairman
Nikos Aggelopoulos (Aldemar Hotels & Spa) Chairman
Andreas Andreadis (POX) Vice President
Dia Capsi (Capsis Hotels & Resorts) Vice President
Yiannis Evangelou (HATTA) Vice President
Stelios Golemis (Goldair S.A.) Vice President
Stelios Polykratis (SEEDDE) Vice President
Theodore Vassilakis (Hertz, Aegean Airlines) Vice President
George Vernicos (Vernicos Yachts, Veravia) Vice President
Anastasios Koumanis (Xenia Exhibitions Conferences S.A.) Secretary General
Gina Mamidaki (Mamidakis Hotels) Deputy Secretary General
Kostas Konstantinidis (Aethrion Palace S.A.) Vice President of finance
Kostantinos Alexopoulos (Domotel S.A.) Member
George Doukas (Crystal Travel) Member
Spyros Galiatsatos (LASSI Hotel) Member
George Kalofolias (Kalofolias Group of Companies) Member
Kostas Kostantinidis (Heliotopos Group) Member
Miltiades Karatzis (KARATZIS S.A.) Member
Nikos Papathanassis (Tui Hellas) Member
Ioannis Retsos (Electra Palace Hotel) Member
Andreas Stylianopoulos (Navigator Travel & Tourist Services) Member
Aristotle Thomopoulos (Helexpo S.A) Member
Triantafillos Venetopoulos (Zeus Tours & Yacht Cruises) Member
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