Greece: ‘Only tourism can save our bankrupt land’ | World news |

Tourists relax on Mykonos. Photograph: Rene Mattes/ Rene Mattes/Hemis/Corbis

article by Helena Smith in the Guardian

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For the first time, too, the country looks set to be besieged by visitors from neighbouring Turkey, as well as Russia, China and India, following the lifting of visa restrictions. Despite its dire public finances, Athens will stage the Special Olympics, a unique sports event for the intellectually disabled that is expected to bring in around 40,000 tourists over two weeks in June.


“If Greece became one of the 10 best destinations in the world, the sector would account for 20% of GDP and provide one in four jobs,” said Andreas Andreadis, the newly installed president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. “Then it would really be the engine of the Greek economy.”


“The country needs to be rebranded,” said Andreadis. “The Greece that we Greeks know, the Greece of the mountains and hills, countryside and sea, is simply not promoted.”


About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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One Response to Greece: ‘Only tourism can save our bankrupt land’ | World news |

  1. Ares says:

    Though I posted this, I think it is full of banal common places without anything intelligent to say.

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