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New Greek Tourism Minister Announced: Harry Theoharis

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has appointed Harry Theoharis, a former secretary general for public revenues, as the new tourism minister of Greece.

The announcement follows the Greek parliamentary elections on Sunday, July 7, which was marked by the victory of the New Democracy party.

Harry Theoharis will assume his duties on Tuesday afternoon during the handover ceremony for the tourism ministry.

Born August 6, 1970, in Athens, Theocharis is a former MP of the political party Potami (The River), a centrist and social-liberal political party.

He holds a MEng (Hon) in software engineering-first class from Imperial College, London, and has held high-ranking positions in companies of the private sector in Greece and abroad and has also worked in start-up companies.

During 2011-2012 Theocharis served as a secretary general for information systems and is known for introducing new digital services to assist the public and helping reduce bureaucracy, as well as the costs resulting from it.

He later (2013-14) served as a secretary general for public revenues at the Greek Finance Ministry. There, he succeeded in meeting budget revenues and producing a fiscal surplus. He is also known for launching the www.publicrevenue.gr platform to increase transparency in public administration.

In regards to his political career, Theocharis was an MP to the Potami party from January 2015 until April 2016 when he left to become independent. In July of the same year he launched the political party named Dimokratiki Efthini (Democratic Responsibility), only to become an independent again a few months later. On December 18, 2018, he joined the New Democracy party.

Theocharis is married and has a daughter. He speaks English and French.

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.
  1. David kissack Reply

    I visited corfu this year and I was speaking to a Greek restaurant owner about lack of trade and she said a big problem is all inclusive holidays. I was wondering if it was feasible to pass a law to force hotels to cease facilities for one or two days a week forcing holidaymakers to use local facilities.

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