Necessary markets to Greek tourism wouldn’t be left with no Greek Nationwide Tourism Workplace however mergers are to happen the place two or extra workplaces serve a single area, Deputy Tradition and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou just lately assured Greek journalists.
The deputy minister stated the Tradition and Tourism Ministry would resolve which of the 29 GNTO workplaces overseas would shut following the outcomes of an in-depth examine to find out “what precisely every workplace has produced.”
In keeping with Mrs. Gerekou, the ministry goals to cut back the excessive prices of the workplaces overseas as 2009 figures confirmed that the GNTO spent some 15 million euros on operational prices and workers salaries with out together with promoting and promotional prices.
For 2010 the price of the GNTO workplaces overseas has been estimated to achieve 17 million euros, whereas money owed for exhibition pavilion constructions for 2008 and 2009 stand at eight million euros.
The deputy minister added that bills for the salaries of the 23 GNTO workplace administrators add as much as an annual 2.3 million euros whereas workplace prices (lease, electrical energy, telephones and workers salaries) quantity to an annual 10.37 million euros.
Mrs. Gerekou confused that the ministry is decided to place an finish to the rampant state of spending -a tactic launched by the earlier administration- with out jeopardizing the promoting of Greece overseas.
As well as, the deputy minister talked about the intentions of the ministry to advertise Greece in new markets by means of GNTO workplaces the place there’s particlar demand for the Greek tourism product, equivalent to India and Poland.
“Our purpose is for Greece to realize reliability of the markets each domestically and overseas,” she concluded.
These developments got here after Prime Minister Yiorgos Papandreou just lately introduced measures of lowering authorities expenditure. Among the many measures is the closing of one-third of the GNTO workplaces overseas (some 10 workplaces) and press workplaces overseas, that are to be included in Greek embassies.
The Affiliation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) gave a unfavourable response to the federal government’s determination to shut GNTO workplace’s overseas.
In an announcement, SETE stated that “this hasty determination” has been taken underneath the logic of straight lowering Greek authorities bills whereas no consideration was truly given to Greek tourism.
SETE stated that the announcement of the closure of GNTO workplaces has despatched out a unfavourable message to overseas corporations the affiliation works with, this fashion harming already unfavourable sentiment.
The Hellenic Affiliation of Journey and Vacationer Companies (HATTA) expressed its satisfaction regarding the intention of organising a GNTO workplace within the “new and promising market” of India.
Nonetheless, HATTA remarked that the GNTO should cowl all key tourism markets and that there are various methods to attain passable outcomes at an affordable value.
“The principle drawback of the GNTO workplaces overseas is high quality,” HATTA stated.
The affiliation underlined that the dearth of a specialised advertising technique for every market together with the inappropriate staffing and operation of the workplaces overseas are simply among the causes of the restricted promotion of Greek tourism abroad.
“There should not be any extra experiments with the GNTO workplaces overseas,” HATTA concluded.