7 September 2016

Ministerial talks in Greece

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During a short visit to Greece, Thomas Ellerbeck, member of TUI Group’s Executive Committee, and Michalis Mavropoulos, Regional Director TUI Destination Services, met the Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Monday. The talks dealt with a further strengthening of the long-standing partnership with the Mediterranean state. The participants discussed possibilities of further leveraging Greece’s potential to attract tourists from all over the world and promoting growth in the country’s tourism sector. “Greece is one of our key markets within the entire TUI Group. It is among the three most attractive holiday destinations in the world. We have been represented in the region for more than 40 years and will remain a reliable partner for Greece,” said Thomas Ellerbeck.

The meeting also focused on opportunities for cooperation in tourism projects and joint communication. Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura also described the current situation of refugees in the Greek islands close to the Turkish border.

On the day before the meeting, Thomas Ellerbeck and Michalis Mavropoulos had the opportunity to experience the situation first-hand on the ground in Kos. Together with Angelika Chondromatidou, Chief Advisor of the Greek Tourism Ministry, Ellerbeck and Mavropoulos visited the Refugee Hotspot around 15 km from Kos City in the evening. Handling last year’s wave of refugees was far from easy for the island. Turkey is only six nautical miles away. The hotspot serves primarily to register and process refugees and provide medical care. The number of refugees arriving at the hotspot is currently very low. For the tourism high season, Kos has already recorded a strong rebound in tourist arrivals. Bookings for the next few months also continue to show an upward trend.