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UNWTO Praises Greece for 2018 Record Tourism Results

Tourists in 2018 watching the Changing of the Guards in front of the Greek Parliament at Syntagma Square in Athens. Photo by GTP

UNWTO logoThe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Saturday applauded the Greek Tourism Ministry and Minister Elena Kountoura, via social media, for Greece’s “record results” last year.

The organization’s tweet follows the announcement that over 33 million people visited destinations in Greece in 2018, generating more than 16 billion euros in revenues and breaking all performance records to date.

“Greece again proved its strength as a tourism economy with record results in 2018. Generating income, creating jobs and contributing to sustainable development. UNWTO has a strong partner in the Tourism Ministry and Minister Elena Kountoura,” the UNWTO said via twitter.

Last October the UNWTO said that Greece’s tourism success was an example for other countries to follow as it managed high progress after some six years of difficult times that included political crisis, economic crisis and natural disasters.

Archive photo of Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili.

“We really want to use Greece as a showcase for many countries that had the same kind of problems,” UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili had said.

The UNWTO is not the only international organization that recognizes Greece for its tourism success.

In November, Minister Kountoura was invited by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to share Greece’s successful tourism policy, best practices and actions, during an event at the WTM London 2018 tourism expo.

In a recent interview, the tourism minister said the ministry is aiming to continue the success of Greek tourism in 2019 and maintain the double-digit rise in foreign markets, despite the challenges of Brexit, elections in Europe and high competition from non-EU countries.

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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