Australian ambassador in Greece hails reopening of GNTO office

Australian ambassador in Greece hails reopening of GNTO office

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) will reopen in Australia, Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Australian Ambassador to Greece Arthur Spyrou reiterated on Tuesday.

Kikilias called his collaboration with the Australian ambassador “an excellent partnership,” and noted that he is “very happy that during his tenure we managed, with joint efforts, to reopen GNTO’s office – which was once in Sydney – now in Melbourne.”

The Greek minister noted that Spirou’s father was the director of GNTO’s Sydney office in the 1970s.

“Australia is a very big market and we want it in Greece,” Kikilias added.

He also pointed out that tourism in 2023 is already surpassing 2019’s record-breaking figures.

This summer season will be huge for Australian tourism in Greece, Spyrou said, mentioning that 340,000 Australians visited Greece in 2019 “and the trend is going up.”

Kikilias and Spyrou walked in the streets of Plaka, and the Australian diplomat observed that although Acropolis and Plaka are major parts of the Greece experience, rock climbing and sea diving “are just as authentic an experience.”

“It is all these that have given a greater scope to the tourism of Greece, beyond the souvlaki and the sea. That is what an Australian will focus on, and that is what we will highlight with this effort.”

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