Nice quotes concerning prospects for the Greek 2011 tourism season made by key international tourism figures, politicians, tour operators and foreign media during meetings held by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Deputy Minister George Nikitiadis at the ITB Berlin last month:
“I’m sure people will rediscover Greece. It’s a wonderful country with beautiful landscapes, history and culture… We know tourism is very important for Greece and we will do everything possible to improve the number of German visits.”
Ernst Burgbacker, economy minister responsible for tourism
“I am very optimistic that we can slowly look ahead for Greece after many troubled years in the German market.”
Zoren Hartmann, Rewe Group director
“The results for Greek tourism in 2010 were not as negative as some people rushed to say, as it managed to essentially maintain 2009 levels… Greece has comparative advantages that combine natural beauty and rare cultural riches, but the country must fully implement the ‘value for money’ logic. Greece has the support of the German Travel Association.”
Jürgen Büchy, German Travel Association president
“Greece has returned strong and will grow next summer. Generally things are going well for Greece.”
Peter Fankhausen, Thomas Cook CEO
“We have an increase in Greece, we have very good bookings for the summer season and we are very satisfied.”
Dr Michale Frenzel, TUI CEO
Dialog from the Disney animated film “Bambi” between Thumper (the little rabbit, Bambi’s best friend) and Mrs. Rabbit:
Thumper: He doesn’t walk very good, does he?
Mrs. Rabbit: Thumper!
Thumper: Yes, mama?
Mrs. Rabbit: What did your father tell you this morning?
Thumper: [clears throat] If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.
Wishing all the best for a successful tourism season.