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Five trips to Greece with all expenses covered were won during a special showing of the Chinese movie entitled “Love in Beijing.” The movie shooting took place in Santorini, Greece with the support of the Greek National Tourism Organization. The movie premier was attended by 2,500,000 people, a new record for the Chinese box office.
With the tourism Minister of Greece Olga Kefalogianni meeting with the Ambassador of China to Athens, Zou Xiaoli, and the talks of creating “Task Force” for the increase of Greek-Chinese cooperation in tourism has already been established.
During the meeting, Olga Kefalogianni made reference to major reforms that have been carried out in Greece in the past two years and expressed the country’s wish to further strengthen the Greek-Chinese relations in the tourism industry.
Furthermore, it was agreed that a Greek-Chinese Symposium will be organized to deal with tourism issues. The Symposium will be held in Athens in 2014 and representatives from the field of tourism in Greece and China will be participating.
During the meeting Olga Kefalogianni and Zou Xiaoli discussed the granting of visas to Chinese people who want to visit Greece. In regards to this matter, the Greek Minister of Tourism said that the government is working on speeding up and simplifying the visa procedures for visitors from third countries.
The Chinese tourists will be made to feel at home with special signs posted in the Chinese language in the Greek tourist sites and tourist guide certification for Chinese people is also being considered.
Visitors from Russia, Turkey and other countries are spending significantly in Greece as the Greece tourism collected 3.3 billion Euros in the first half of 2013. The Russian footfall in Greece whic
h is likely to reach 2 million this year is hoping that a record year for tourism, with some 17 million international visitors expected, will help ease the recession.
According to Bank of Greece data, Russian visitors accounted for the biggest rise. They spent almost 341 million euros, which was up 42 percent on the same period last year.
The initial forecast for the number of Russian tourists this year stood at 1 million but this is now being revised to 1.2 million. Their number was up 37.6 percent in the January-May period, more than in any other competitor country destinations, such as Spain, Turkey or Cyprus.
In the April-July period Greek tourism witnessed the visitor number as 252,900, exceeding even arrivals from Germany, which totaled 222,070. This is also encouraging in terms of the projected revenues, as each Russian spends about 1,000 Euros on average while on foreign trips – slightly more than the average German tourist – when the average visitor to Greece lays out about 560 Euros. Recent estimates and supporting the available data so far, a further increase of up to 30 percent in the number of Russian visitors may be realized next year.