Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni recently met with the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Greece Xiao Junzheng and exchanged views on deepening bilateral cooperation in tourism.
Among the topics discussed during the meeting was the Chinese ambassador’s request for Greece to take immediate measures to speed up visa issuance deadlines in order to facilitate tourist flows.
Since the lifting of the restrictive travel measures due to the pandemic, tourist traffic between the two countries has recovered, the ambassador pointed out.
Also discussed was the implementation of the tourism cooperation agreement the two countries made for the 2022-2024 period, as well as Greece’s active participation in the China-Central & Eastern European Countries (CEEC) Summit on issues regarding tourism.
Moreover, during the meeting it was decided that Greece would participate in the next China International Tourism Industry Expo (CITIE) in Guangzhou in September.
The two sides also spoke about the possibility of further expanding the direct Athens-Beijing air connection that launched in 2017. Earlier this year, a direct flight connecting Shanghai with the Greek capital launched.