Message of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for the 10th Campaign of the “Greek News”
Dear friends and compatriots
Following the landmark date of August 21, 2018, our country has entered a new era. We finally left behind the painful period of the memorandums and we are on the development path.
2019 is the third consecutive year of positive growth rates, for the first time in a decade. The country’s financing needs are secured for the coming period, while the public finances and the overcapacity of the national economy allow us to disengage from our debt to the IMF, much earlier than expected.
The virtuous financial cycle continues. Foreign direct investment achieves a decade-long record, while Greek exports continue to record unprecedented momentum. Tourism breaks one record after another, having contributed most to the country’s development from 2015 onwards.
I am convinced that 2019 will be a historic year. Not only because it symbolizes the end of the crisis for Greece, but also because it marks the beginning of a new Greece for its people; a Greece of the many.
In this historic attempt to regenerate the homeland, the Greek Diaspora community has the strength and ability to make the upmost; to convey the message that the dark days are behind us and to project Greece as a tourist and investment destination; as a cradle of ecumenical culture and a place of high natural beauty.
I therefore invite “Greek News” readers and Greek-Americans to support the decade-old effort of the newspaper to promote Greek tourism through the campaign “This summer we go to Greece”.
I wish health, happiness and prosperity to everyone.
The message of Tourism Minister Thanassis Theocharopoulos for the Greek News campaign, “This summer we go to Greece”
Greece is a well-known tourist destination offering unique hospitality, a variety of natural beauty, an excellent Mediterranean climate and a long summer; a coastline of over 15,000 kilometers and plenty of islands that can satisfy all tastes; as well as a rich variety of traditional and unique products. At the same time, it has a rich historical and cultural heritage, but also a modern cultural creation.
Greece is now a 365-day destination that along with the sun and the sea, recreation and entertainment, luxurious holidays or holidays in picturesque small and medium-sized tourist units with personalized hospitality, it offers alternative forms of tourism and tourism of special interests: the agrotourism, with the emergence of the social, environmental and cultural values of each Greek region; marine tourism, with activities exclusively related to the sea; cultural tourism for those who wish to experience the local culture; ecotourism for those interested in the study of the environmental resources.
In addition, the convention tourism is growing rapidly in our country, offering an opportunity to combine business obligations with short holidays; also educational tourism, which involves younger persons interested in acquiring knowledge and experience in the field of professional training; as well as medical tourism, which of course can be combined with other forms of tourism.
Our efforts are focused on the satisfaction of the visitor through a unique, integrated and quality experience linked to the local color. This is being done by improving and diversifying the provided services, the human resource specialization, the upgrading of the infrastructure and the increasing and interconnecting of the flights from USA and Canada, two markets of high-priority. Quality and diversification mean value for money for the visitor.
The increase in the number of awarded beaches, marinas and tourist boat management companies with the international Blue Flag distinction, highlights the high quality of service with sustainable practices and absolute respect for the environment.
Despite the recognition of Greece as a model in tourism development and an example of good practice, we are not complacent. We continue to work systematically and on target. For us, a tourist is a dear visitor who has to spend his holidays according to his expectations, leave with the best impressions, images and experiences, so that we can welcome him again and again.
We place particular importance in the Greeks of the Diaspora, who have always been helpful to our country’s efforts and a bridge linking Greece with the rest of the world. The Greek Omogeneia is our strongest link with the US and Canada and the most important ambassador of our country. That is why we are trying to strengthen all channels of communication. Your assistance in accomplishing the great effort we take in all areas, including tourism, is of crucial importance to us.
I therefore invite you to visit Greece with relatives, friends and associates, to experience unique travel experiences with an environmental sign, countless choices, exceptional and personalized hospitality, culture and history combined with contemporary cultural creation; collectively and individually to portray Greece as a world cultural cradle, and at the same time as a modern power of defending democracy, freedom, universal values and ideas.