SETE ex­pects tourism ar­rivals to reach 18.5 mln

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The tourism in­dus­try in Greece has set the bar­rier even higher for this year, as in a meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras at his of­fice yes­ter­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hel­lenic Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) es­ti­mated that for­eign ar­rivals in 2014 will reach 18.5 mil­lion while tourism rev­enues will hit 13 bil­lion eu­ros.

SETE also es­ti­mated that the sum of di­rect and in­di­rect rev­enues will amount to 35 bil­lion eu­ros and 50,000 new jobs will be cre­ated, as tourism prospects for 2014 are par­tic­u­larly fa­vor­able pro­vided that the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity is main­tained.

The meet­ing – also at­tended by the min­is­ters of tourism de­vel­op­ment, fi­nance, la­bor, de­vel­op­ment, cul­ture and mer­chant ma­rine and other tourism in­dus­try of­fi­cials – dis­cussed in­ter­ven­tions and re­forms re­quested by the as­so­ci­a­tion, with Sa­ma­ras said to have ap­proved the open­ing of 30 key mu­se­ums and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. be­tween April and Oc­to­ber, among other mea­sures.

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