The estimation that we may “reach” the 12 billion euros of revenues from tourism this year, as noted by the institutional tourism agents, was made public in an interview with ERT, the Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilas. At the same time, he pointed out that it is very important that there is a 20% increase in the average expenditure per visitor in our country, with all that this implies for the tourist income.
Remaining in the course of the tourist traffic, the minister underlined that “the expectation is to be able to have this exceptional tourist experience that we offer to all our visitors, to have it at high levels for autumn and October, maybe for the beginning of November” .
At the same time, he stressed the importance of tourism in the size of the Greek economy, emphasizing that the revised forecast indicators for the Greek economy have a lot to do with the increase in tourist flows. At this point, Mr. Kikilias reminded that the Ministry of Tourism is a Ministry of Development, a Ministry of Finance, noting, among other things, that “we return to the citizens the dividend of prosperity that tourism gives to the country.”
In his intervention, the Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias, focused on the horizontal actions for the development of the tourist product in Evia, which include, among other things, the strengthening of the tourism campaign, amounting to 2 million euros. He stressed that tourism is the spearhead for the area to be able to return and its inhabitants to prosper.
In the activities of the ministry so far, the minister mentioned the great battle, as he said, to keep the flights from America open until the end of the tourist season. “We fought hard to keep flights from America open until the end of the tourist season. We are talking about 8 flights from American companies and one from Emirates, which gave huge added value to Athens and Attica and throughout the country. That was not a given a few years ago. The fact that these flights will remain open until the end of the season and even now, with the very pleasant news, which Mr. Lambrinidis announced yesterday, that from November 1, the possibility of vaccinated European citizens to visit America opens “.
As for the current agenda of the ministry, as the minister said, a digital map is being created in EOT, so that potential visitors from all over the world can access, enter and see exactly what they want, much more easily. of course with an interconnection with our cultural monuments. At the same time, special mention was made of the pillar of crisis management, but also of tourism education, aiming at the creation of quality jobs.
In any case, Mr. Kikilias reiterated that tourism does not go to autopilot. There is a global framework, still unstable, with many demands and many data and he added that the ministry will deal in the short term with all the problems of the industry. “We will ‘run’ reforms that have to do with securing this framework, such as how to manage any crisis or how to strengthen tourism on the mainland, to secondary destinations,” the tourism minister said.