“The case needs to be despatched to Parliament if the prosecutor’s probe finally ends up apportioning blame to politicians,” Deputy Tradition and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis mentioned in late July with regard to an investigative report on the Greek Nationwide Tourism Group’s tourism promotion campaigns in 2008 and 2009.
The report was commissioned by Tradition and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and carried out by state public administration officers.
In accordance with the report, mismanagement and numerous unlawful acts elevated prices for the GNTO through the 2008-2009 interval. Throughout that interval the GNTO allegedly exceeded the accepted price range for promoting to advertise Greek tourism by 76.4 million euros.
State public administration officers submitted the report back to the Tradition and Tourism Ministry. It was then forwarded to an Athens appeals prosecutor so the Court docket of Audit would examine the matter.
The general public administration officers discovered that through the 2008-2009 interval no total accepted promoting program or targets existed, whereas selections have been taken informally.
On their half, former tourism ministers Aris Spiliotopoulos and Kostas Markopoulos, by means of bulletins, rejected any wrongdoings or cash losing regarding the GNTO’s tourism promotion campaigns of 2008 and 2009.