Greece, Israel sign strategic agreement on tourism

The agreement - which promotes cooperation between national authorities in terms of advertising as well as agencies' cooperation -  also provides a special focus on mutual cooperation and coordination on tourism statistics, research, legislation, and policies.  [EPA-EFE/MENAHEM KAHANA]

A five-year collaboration agreement, which will be automatically renewed, was signed Monday between Greece’s Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis and Israeli Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen.

The agreement focuses on tourism investments, promotion, innovation, education, training, and coordinated actions and decisions in international organisations between Greece and Israel.

The agreement – which promotes cooperation between national authorities in terms of advertising as well as agencies’ cooperation – also provides a special focus on mutual cooperation and coordination on tourism statistics, research, legislation, and policies. 

With regard to the number of tourists visiting Greece, Israel ranked ninth. Some 715,000 Israeli tourists visited Greece in 2019, according to Theocharis.

“This agreement marks another milestone in the long-term relationship between Greece and Israel, which is strategic to both our countries,” said Farkash-Hacohen.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the significance of the agreement on Monday in Jerusalem. “We would like to welcome Israeli tourists as soon as is feasible,” he said.

However, the two prime ministers also discussed the coronavirus pandemic at length, focusing on vaccine production and strategy, as well as Mitsotakis’ position on EU and non-EU digital vaccination certificates for travelling. The two also discussed the geopolitical situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, following the changed US administration as well as Turkey’s latest moves.

(Theodore Karaoulanis, Alexandros Fotiadis | EURACTIV.gr )

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