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Tourism Minister Invites American Investors to Bet on Greece

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis

Focusing on a wide range of tourism projects currently underway including green initiatives, city and silver tourism, as well as expansion into new markets, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis invited American entrepreneurs on Monday, to invest in Greece during this year’s Annual Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum held in New York.

Theoharis outlined the ministry’s priorities for 2020, which include extending the tourist season, promoting the quality of services offered, reaching out to fresh markets, and tapping into new forms of tourism in the areas of urban, silver, medical and wellness, during his keynote speech on Monday, addressing the “Tourism – Investment & Business Opportunities” session.

“The future of the Greek tourism industry is promising. It reflects not only the potential of the Greek economy, but also its adaptability to a constantly changing global marketplace, the demands high quality and authenticity for our visitors and a friendly business environment for investors,” he said.

Referring to the strategic role of the sector as a job creator and revenue generator, Theoharis underlined the government’s commitment to making the investor environment friendlier.

He went on to refer to 14 “green” projects currently being implemented by the private sector and targeting major destinations; 12 tourism projects included in the government’s fast-track investment procedures; as well as to some 277 tourist properties, marinas, hotels, and thermal springs set to open to interested investors.

Today the minister will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, for the customary “Greek Day at the NYSE” celebrations where the Greek delegation will ring the closing bell.

On his visit to New York, Theoharis has scheduled meetings with diaspora Greeks, business and airline executives, academics, and media.

The annual Capital Link Forum is considered one of the most influential events in North America, aiming to introduce entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, and stakeholders to investment opportunities in Greece.

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