BUSINESS

Mission to woo Russian visitors

By Stathis Kousounis

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has set its target for this year’s tourist arrivals from abroad at 18.5-19 million and revenues at 13 billion euros, as bookings from foreign markets continue to show a strong rise.

However the crisis in relations between Russia and the European Union due to current events in Ukraine, along with the devaluation of the ruble, are of great concern to Greece.

In a bid to minimize the impact on Greek tourism, SETE has sent a delegation of its officials to Moscow, where on Wednesday they met with representatives from 25 Russian tour operators to inform them on the new visa-issuing system that Greek authorities have adopted.

They stressed that any Russian citizen who has secured a Schengen visa to visit Greece in the last three years will receive a multiple-entry visa for between one and three years.

SETE’s aim is to see Russian tourists increase from 1.3 million last year to 1.5 million in 2014.

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