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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-08

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Tsipras' meeting with Israel's PM Netanyahu underway
  • [02] FM Kotzias to represent Greece in OSCE meeting
  • [03] Tourism Min Kountoura sees higher than expected revenue
  • [04] Astir Palace aspires to become world class destination

  • [01] PM Tsipras' meeting with Israel's PM Netanyahu underway

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' bilateral meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is underway.

    The two leaders will discuss issues of energy, tourism, research and technology, education and agriculture.

    A trilateral Greece-Cyprus-Israel meeting has also been scheduled with the participation of Tsipras, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Netanyahu. Statements to the press will follow.

    [02] FM Kotzias to represent Greece in OSCE meeting

    Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will represent Greece in the 23rd annual Ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to be held on Thursday and Friday in Hamburg with the participation of 51 ministers and two deputy ministers.

    Kotzias will stress the need to promote real and comprehensive dialogue for strengthening European security architecture, building trust and supporting the culture of compromise.

    [03] Tourism Min Kountoura sees higher than expected revenue

    Tourism revenue in 2016 will be much higher than initially estimated, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Thursday said during the debate on budget held in Parliament.

    "Tourism has recorded its best performance over the last two years as a result of government policies despite the constant challenges and problems," Kountoura stated.

    She also said that Greece achieved record arrivals and revenue in 2015 thanks to direct operational and communication acts, although it was a year of unprecedented difficulties, two elections, a referendum, political negotiations, political and economic problems, strong pressure from the institutions, a constant threat of Grexit and continuous shocks from abroad to the international image of the country.

    Kountoura underlined that 2016 data surpassed all estimates as Greece was on alert and dealt efficiently with any geostrategic developments in the wider area, the refugee issue, terrorism, the attempted coup in Turkey and the Brexit referendum.

    The minister also referred to the opening to new markets in order to attract high income tourists and the promotion of a series of Greek destinations. She also said that the government focused on the creation of a friendly environment to attract tourist investments.

    [04] Astir Palace aspires to become world class destination

    The new development plan of Astir Palace aims to render it a world class destination.

    It also proves the confidence of the new investors in both the prospects of the investment and the prospects of the country, the new owners of the resort said in the first presentation of the area's redevelopment plans.

    The work is expected to be concluded in April 2018 and provides for the total restoration of "Arion" and "Nafsika" hotels, the Bungalows and the modernisation of the marina. The plan also provides for the construction of 13-15 houses in the area of the hotel "Aphrodite."


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