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Tourism: challenges and priorities outlined by PM George Papandreou

Addressing the 19th General Assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) on 4th May, Prime Minister George Papandreou outlined the priorities, the goals and the successes of the government policy in tourism sector and the promotion of Greece abroad. Papandreou focused on the simplification of the licensing process in tourist investments, stressing that tourism should be one of the basic pillars for boosting the Greek economy.
“In the coming months there will be a licensing simplification in investments and facilitation of visa issuing for nationals of emerging economies such as China and Russia. […] There will also be a reduction in the prices of sea transport tickets, as well as in landing and take-off fees at several airports,” said Papandreou noting that the tourism industry has been reporting positive signs as what is being offered is quality service at good prices.
Referring to the enormous potential of Internet and social networking, Papandreou hailed the online promotion of Greece via the official site of Visit Greece, the newly launched my-greece.gr, and through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.
Prime Minister.GR: Tourism policy – Results (in Greek); YouTube: You in Greece Campaign [VIDEO]
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

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Open Access to Academic Information in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)      An international conference entitled “Open access infrastructures: the future of scientific communication” will take place on December 15 – 16 in Athens. Adapting the educational system to the needs of the digital age, the conference organised by the National Documentation Centre of the Hellenic Research Foundation, aims to present recent trends in open access infrastructure both in Greece and worldwide as well as to depict the future of scholarly communication in the field of dissemination of information concerning research results. The conference is part of the National Information System on Research and Technology project (phase III), as part of the “Information Society” Programme. Information Society: The “Information Society” Operational Programme & Equipping and networking schools and universities