Greek Alternate Minister Elena Kountoura applauded the upcoming launch of direct charter flights between Seoul and Athens by Hanjin, parent company to Korean Air, during her recent visit in South Korea.
The Seoul-Athens direct charter flights will run from July until September.
In a meeting with the leadership of Korean Air, Ms. Kountoura underlined that the future launch of scheduled air flights would boost tourist arrivals from South Korea to Greece, as well as bilateral trade through cargo.
In a separate meeting with leading tour operators of South Korea, she requested their support to charter flights between Seoul and Athens.
According to Ms. Kountoura, full charter flights between Seoul and Athens will help to establish a regular air link between the two capital cities.
Danae Airlines is the general sales agent (GSA) of Korean Air in Greece.
The alternate tourism minister’s meetings took place on the sidelines of her visit to Seoul last week to promote Greece as a destination for travellers from South Korea. Her visit was also in conjunction with Greece’s participation in the Korea World Travel Fair (KOTFA), the largest international travel fair in Korea where 60 countries participated to promote their tourism resources and cultures.
Greece to become a regular at KOTFA
In a meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport of South Korea Kim Chong, Ms. Kountoura assured that Greece would now exhibit regularly in the KOTFA expo. She also suggested the organization of cultural exchanges between the two countries as well as the promotion of Greece through a festival in South Korea.
The alternate tourism minister informed Mr. Chong that South Korea is an important priority for Greece’s tourism policy that sees the attraction of new markets.
Ms. Kountoura also met with the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Park Chung Soon, who pledged to support the development of Greek tourism in South Korea. During their meeting, he pointed out that tourism cooperation between the two countries would contribute to the further strengthening of bilateral relations.