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Tourism a common concern for Greece, Turkey

Greece and Turkey<.> have much in common in terms of tourism and can cooperate in ways which will benefit both countries…

Greece and Turkey<.> have much in common in terms of tourism and can cooperate in ways which will benefit both countries, Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT) chairman Yiannis Stefanidis said last Friday.

He was speaking at a meeting of Greek and Turkish tourism entrepreneurs who are members of the Skal<.> International organisation. Over 30 Turkish businessmen came to Greece for three days and met with their counterparts at EOT's offices in Athens.

Stefanidis referred to the expansion in the Greek tourism market seen in recent years and the position it has in the EU. He also spoke of the opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in the field of business travel. It is no coincidence that, every week during the tourist season, many Greek cruiseships visit the ports of Kusadasi and Istanbul, while there exist daily connections between Greek islands and the Turkish coast, Stefanidis noted.

He pointed out that education was one area in which collaboration could take place.

Skal Turkey president Halit Cura spoke of the great opportunities for development and implementation of joint tourism programmes and corporate teamwork while other speakers mentioned efforts to promote the Turkish tourism product.

The Turkish visitors took part in a seminar organised by Skal Athens on business cooperation. Among matters discussed were ways to encourage tourists to visit both Greece and Turkey while it was confirmed that both parties were interested in bilateral business relations.

The Hellenic Association of Tourist and Travel Enterprises also met with the visiting entrepreneurs while a dinner was held that was attended by leading figures in the Greek tourism industry.

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