Athens.- In a message for World Tourism Day on Sunday, Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura underlined that Greece was one of the top 10 tourism destinations worldwide. She noted that the sector was one of the economy’s main supports, which could assist in its efforts to exit the economic crisis.
“Everyone that has a role and a say in Greek tourism can and must join with us, so that through a constant, collective effort we are able to deliver the benefits that arise from the tourist sector to the social whoe and the country’s economy,” she said.
Kountoura said that tourism currently contributed roughly 20 pct of the country’s GDP and directly or indirectly created approximately one million jobs, assisting both economic growth and social cohesion. The year 2015 was expected to close with record arrivals of 26 million tourists and an estimated 15.5 billion euros in revenues, she added.
“Our aim is to continue our work to develop Greek tourism. We are confident and at the same time alert in order to make even greater steps and bring better results,” she said, promising to keep striving to improve Greece’s tourism poduct in terms of quality, infrastructure, training and provision of services.