‘Strategic Tourism Partners’ Greece and Russia Sign Agreement

The Greek Tourism Ministry and Russia’s Federal Tourism Company (Rostourism) not too long ago signed an settlement to encourage mutual vacationer move, simplify tourism-related formalities and set up contacts between Russian and Greek journey operators.

The settlement follows the current Greek-Russian tourism discussion board held earlier this month and inside the framework of the continuing Greece-Russia Cross-year occasions.

Based on a press assertion by Rostourism on Monday, the settlement features a sequence of joint actions to advertise vacationer exchanges over the following two years.

“Russian and Greece are strategic companions within the sphere of tourism,” Rostourism chief Oleg Safonov stated.

“Greece presents our residents high-quality, inexpensive and secure vacationing choices and claims to be primary overseas vacationing vacation spot for Russians this yr”, Mr Safonov underlined, including that Russia is thinking about receiving extra vacationers from Greece and may supply numerous kinds of journey packages.

According to the settlement, Greece and Russia will cooperate within the areas of mutual promotion of nationwide journey merchandise, improvement of tourism-related schooling, investments in tourism and laws.

In line with the most recent estimates, some a million Russians are anticipated to go to Greece this yr.

This was confirmed by Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout his current go to to Greece.

Throughout talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Putin stated that Greece might welcome as much as three million Russian vacationers this yr if the issue of delays in visa issuance is solved.

Final month, the Russian Tourism Trade Union stated that the Greek Consulate in Moscow was overwhelmed with visa purposes submitted by Russians desirous to journey to Greece. The Greek Overseas Ministry is reportedly exploring actions aimed in direction of the complete and speedy servicing of candidates for visas in Moscow for journey to Greece.

The Affiliation of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) stated in a current assertion {that a} whole of 10,000 Russian vacationers moved to go to Greece in March, up 523.6 p.c on the earlier yr.