Boosting Greek Tourism

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Fourteen specific measures aimed at boosting the tourism sector pledged by the Prime Minister will soon be implemented, new Tourism Development Minister Constantine Markopoulos said during a press conference on Tuesday. Commenting on projected tourism figures for the coming season, Markopoulos said no accurate predictions can be made regarding the number of tourist arrivals, considering that pre-bookings have been put off for two months to March and April as a result of the global economic crisis.  Speaking to the press, the minister said the draft law will include the 14 measures, such as cutting municipal taxes and transforming the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels into a Tourism Chamber. Markopoulos said the ministry also plans to table another draft law in Parliament, by September, envisaging stricter supervision of casino operations and the upgrading of the Greek National Tourism Organisation‘s offices abroad, with the ministry planning to open new offices in South Africa, Poland, Ukraine and India.