Tel Aviv.- Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura had a series of contacts in Tel Aviv, as part of the International Tourism Fair IMTM, to further promote Greek tourism.
Kountoura met with the Tourism Minister of Israel, Yariv Levin, following a joint declaration signed early 2016 aiming to enhance bilateral tourist relations. The two ministers discussed actions to further increase tourist flows between the two countries as well as joint initiatives to attract a greater part of the international travel market with emphasis on the US where there is a large Greek and Jewish Diaspora.
Kountoura had a series of meetings with tour operators and travel agencies of Israel who confirmed the increased interest for 2017. According to recent data, there will be a double digit increase in tourist arrivals in 2017 compared to the previous year.
Aegean Airlines announced on Thursday that will include in its schedule a new direct flight that will link Thessaloniki with Tel Aviv.
Sales manager of Aegean Airlines Irini Sidiropoulou made the announcement in an event organised by the delegation of the Cities Diplomacy held in Tel Aviv to promote Thessaloniki as a tourism destination, deputy mayor of Thessaloniki Spyros Pengas said to Athens Macedonian News Agency.
The flight will start on May 29 and will run until October 15, with three flights per week.
“It is a flight that will significantly increase the tourist flow from Israel,” said Pengas.
On his part, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris expressed his pleasure noting that relations with Israel are very good and that there is cooperation in many sectors.