Hotel issues, maritime tourism, cruise travel and marina infrastructure topped the agenda of meetings between the new Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development Olympia Anastasopoulou and stakeholders.
Anastasopoulou was briefed on current issues by representatives of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX)the Greek Association of Professional Bareboat Yacht Owners (SITESAP) and the Hellenic Association of Ports (ELIME).
President of POX Grigoris Tasios updated Anastasopoulou on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the hospitality sector and highlighted the importance of a legal framework that would ensure the fair and smooth operation of short-term rentals.
Anastasopoulou also met the President of SITESAP Paris Louriotis who underlined the importance of taking immediate measures to develop leisure tourism in Greece. Loutriotis reiterated the call of the organization for the creation of a new marina which will be mainly used by professional boat owners in Attica. SITESAP and professional boat owners have repeatedly called on the Ministry of Tourism to act and have also submitted a relevant study identifying the best locations for a professional marina.
Finally, Anastasopoulou met with the Executive Director of ELIME Dimitris Iatridis to discuss cruise tourism in Greece and relevant issues, including improving the cruise travel experience, updates to European and Greek health protocols, and port policy.
Anastasopoulou said that Greece had managed to successfully overcome the challenges created by the Covid pandemic, adding that measures were being taken to increase tourist flows in 2022. She also pledged her support and commitment to solve the problems posed.
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