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Greece: Attracting Tourism Development

Greece ranked 29th among a total of 139 countries in a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) regarding competitiveness for the tourism sector.
The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report is issued annually and grades countries on a total of 60 indicators, including policy regulations, resources, safety, prices and environmental protection. According to the survey, Greece benefits from its rich cultural resources (ranked 25th), excellent health and hygiene (20th), and a top-notch tourism infrastructure (5th). Further on, the report refers to the country’s strong national affinity for tourism (compared with many other European countries), including a generally open and positive attitude toward tourists (26th). The report ranks Greece 21st among European countries.
World Economic Forum: 2011 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

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New Greek Government: A Wind of Change

newcabinet2(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Shortly after being  sworn in as Prime Minister, George Papandreou unveiled his first Cabinet yesterday, presenting a relatively new team with a few party heavyweights.  The premier has downsized the number of ministries from 16 to 14 and deputy ministers from 26 to 21, plus two alternate ministers. Of the 37 individuals making up the government, 24 will be living the ministerial experience for the first time.  Additionally, nine members of the cabinet are women, a proportion which is a novelty in Greece. One of the surprises is the reinstatement of the post of deputy prime minister, which hasn’t been seen since the 1980s.  There is one new ministry, that of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Many other ministries have been altered in some way: Citizen’s Protection; Infrastructure, Transport and Networks; Interior, Decentralization and e-Governance; Economy, Competitiveness and Merchant Marine; Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion; Justice, Transparency and Human Rights; and the former ministries of Culture and Tourism have merged into one. Kathimerini daily: Some surprises in Papandrou’s new team

Competitive Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In a recent interview with DiplomaticTraffic.com, Greece’s ambassador to Washington, Alexandros P. Mallias, described the transformation of his country. The most fundamental change, he said, was that Greece had become an “extroverted economy.”  Within the new framework of a globalised society, Greece recognizes the importance that competitiveness and entrepreneurship possesses for its growth and the upgrading of its place in the international arena. The Greek economy can achieve even better performances, since structural reforms to further strengthen competitiveness are being pursued. A new portal (www.competitive-greece.gr) launched by the National Council for Competitiveness and Development offers information about Greece’s efforts and achievements. 

Competitive Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Within the new framework of a globalised society, Greece recognizes the importance that competitiveness and entrepreneurship possesses for its growth and the upgrading of its place in the international arena. The Greek economy can achieve even better performances, since structural reforms to further strengthen competitiveness are being pursued.  A new portal (www.competitive-greece.gr) launched by the National Council for Competitiveness and Development offers information about Greece’s efforts and achievements.  The aim of the National Council for Competitiveness and Development is to plan and monitor the implementation of the National Competitiveness and Development Strategy by taking into account for its application the participation and acquiescence of social partners.