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Bucharest Receives First GNTO Office

Gabriel Ravsan, executive secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party with Nikolaos Diakolios, manager of Greek National Tourism Organization in Romania.

Gabriel Ravsan, executive secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party with Nikolaos Diakolios, manager of Greek National Tourism Organization in Romania.

The Greek National Tourism Organization launched its first office in Romania in an effort to strengthen the tourist traffic to Greece and increase the Romanian tourism flow by the promotion of all-year-round travel opportunities.

The new office, under the management of Nikolaos Diakolios, provides information on all Greek tourist destinations and according to the organization: “The tourism contacts between Greece and Romania will support the bilateral relations of the two countries and lead to the creation of efficient and profitable tourism businesses.”

According to recent press reports, the preferences of Romanians have changed in regards to tourist destinations in Greece as more Romanians have chosen Greek islands (such as Zakynthos, Rodos and Crete), despite the high prices compared with those that prevail in mainland tourist destinations.

The Romanian National Association of Travel Agencies informs us that in 2007 some 200,000 Romanians visited Greece in the summer, while the current year expects that number to grow by 20 percent.

According to assertions of tour operators, requests for destinations such as the beach of Katerini or Chalkidiki have declined at a rate of 30 percent over 2007.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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