ECONOMY

Country aims for 1 million Russian tourists per year

Deputy Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis (right) said in Moscow yesterday that Greece has a set a target of receiving 1 million Russian visitors per year. Nikitiadis, who was in the Russian capital for meetings with the head of the City of Moscow’s tourism committee, Grigory Antyufeyev (left), and other Russian officials, stated that in the first seven months of the year, 177,739 visas were issued for Russian tourists to Greece, ‘but this number is particularly small and we need to take it up to 1 million in three or four years. That is our target.’ He pledged to boost staff numbers at the Greek Consulate in Moscow with 30 additional employees to serve more future visitors to Greece as regards issuing visas.