Greece is slowly emerging from its recession, according to Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni.
“The important primary surplus of the Greek economy is a strong sign of recovery; a strong dose of optimism that allows us to continue on a more methodical pace,” Mrs. Kefalogianni said while delivering a speech to the European Economic and Social Committee on 20 March.
She then referred to the importance of tourism to the Greek economy.
“Tourism is a driving force for the country’s exit from the crisis and future sustainable development as it increases the Gross National Product, creates new jobs, keeps young people in their regions and develops social cohesion in local communities,” the Greek tourism minister said.
Greek tourism in 2014
In view of the new tourism season, Mrs. Kefalogianni said the goal for 2014 is to “increase the tourist flow and the country’s revenue and continue to upgrade Greece’s tourism products.”
She stressed that the Tourism Ministry aims to reduce the impact that political or other events may have on the country’s tourism seasons.
“Our strategy that aims for Greece’s comeback in major traditional markets is showing excellent results,” she said.
When referring to tourism in the Greek capital, she stressed that the recovery of Athens and its placement on the tourism map is at the forefront of the ministry’s priorities. “The signs of recovery can be seen,” she said.