Greek-Australians greet Melbourne GNTO office

Greek-Australians greet Melbourne GNTO office

“It is a dream come true,” the president of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Vassilis Papastergiadis, said on Friday, welcoming an initiative by Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias to open a Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) office in Australia. 

As the minister announced, the bill that the Tourism Ministry will submit to Parliament in the coming days also provides for the establishment of a tourism office in Melbourne. 

“We are very happy with the Greek government’s decision to proceed with the opening of the office, as it is something we have been asking for for eight years. Finally, Kikilias will make it happen,” Papastergiadis said, also referring to a response from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a relevant letter. He added that an online meeting with the minister has been scheduled over the next few days.

“On our part, as we have said in the past, we have the infrastructure, as we have office space that we grant to the national tourism organization, in a 15-story building in the center of Melbourne where Greek services, schools, etc. are housed. It is important, apart from the approximately 600,000 Greek-Australians who love Greece and travel, to promote our country to the rest of Australia. Let’s not forget that [Australians] are people of considerable financial means and they travel a lot, spending correspondingly large amounts of money, and Greece is a country that has all those advantages needed to attract demanding tourists. It is a country with culture, incredible beauty and offers everything,” Papastergiadis underlined.

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