Greece is turning into a focal point for global tourism professionals and investors, as World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili announced during a visit on Monday to Athens that the creation of a tourism academy in Greece and a global forum on investing in Greek tourism are under consideration.
The Greek and Indian ministers of tourism have agreed to strengthen air connections between the two countries as well as increase cooperation in tourism-orientated investments.
The meeting between Haris Theocharis and Prahlad Singh Patel took place during the Greek minister's visit to India for the Outbound Travel Market international fair.
As the latest estimates regarding just how hard Greek hotels have been hit by the collapse of UK travel giant Thomas Cook are pointing to unpaid invoices of some 230 million euros, and the government is assessing its options in terms of response measures, the now-dominant European tour operator, Tui AG, is sending one of its big bosses to Greece.
The tourism ministry is considering imposing a tax on short-term rentals such as Airbnb on the grounds that it would establish equal treatment with hotel accommodations.
As the daily Ta Nea has reported, sources say that Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis is planning to table a bill in Parliament that would substantially change the framework set by the previous government.