Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis visited Epirus this week launching a series of policy meetings with regional governors towards the creation of a regional tourism council.
In Ioannina, Theoharis, together with his deputy Manos Kansolas, met with Epirus Regional Governor Alexandros Kachrimanis, the city’s mayor Moses Elisaf, and local tourism stakeholders.
Issues on the agenda included ways to attract tourism to the region, challenges and problems, and ideas on how to best proceed with coordinated actions for the establishment of a regional tourism council.
“Epirus has a great deal to offer visitors. These possibilities have not been communicated, they have not reached the people we would like to see choosing to come to visit,” said Theoharis.
Ioannina Mayor Elisaf said local government would immediately move ahead with an extensive tourism plan for the city and region.
“Special attention will be given to conference, sports and religious tourism. On our part, we will do our best to maintain a permanent and open channel of communication with the ministry to make Ioannina a hub for the Balkans,” he said.
On his part, Konsolas said the idea is now on “multi-centered tourism development, through policies such as the ‘evolution’ of the tourism ministry’s regional services into drivers of development and support for business and investment initiatives”.
Konsolas added that the upgrade of tourism training is aimed in this direction.