Greece Looks Toward India’s Film Industry to Promote Tourism
Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) President Angela Gerekou recently held extensive talks in Athens with representatives of the Embassy of India with regard to further strengthening of tourism relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, one of the main topics of discussion centered around the GNTO’s interest to promote Greece as a major shooting destination for Bollywood productions.
Speaking to the embassy’s Commercial Attaché, Nirmesh Kumar, and Second Secretary, Rajendran Samykannu, Gerekou said that the long cultural tradition of Greece and India could be the main point of the cooperation in both the cultural and tourism sectors.
She also informed the embassy’s representatives on the GNTO’s current promotion strategy and highlighted the benefits the country could offer to India’s film industry (Bollywood) as a destination ideal for movie productions. India’s film industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.
On their part, the representatives of the Embassy of India spoke of the good cooperation that exists between the two countries, referring to the recent visit of India’s minister of foreign affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, to Greece and his talks with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, and Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The embassy’s representatives also presented India’s main tourism forms, which focus on architecture, gastronomy, medical tourism and film tourism (Bollywood).
Moreover, as a first step to boost tourism cooperation, both sides agreed to soon hold an informative event for representatives of the business community of both Greece and India.