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Tourism Chamber Proposal Causes Negative Reactions

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, the President of the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, Georgios Kassimatis, expressed his full opposition to the legislation that foresees the conversion of the hotel chamber into a tourism chamber.

According to Mr. Kassimatis, the conversion announced recently by Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos is neither desirable nor useful especially now when the government opts for drastic reduction in state spending and seeks ways to shrink bureaucracy. “There is not any other EU country that operates a tourism chamber,” he said.

Of similar nature is the letter of the Chambers Group for the Development of Greek Isles (EOAEN) sent to the tourism minister.

EOAEN requested the withdrawal of the legislation and said that the ministry should show support to the tourism departments that already operate within the chambers.

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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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