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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses OTE employees
  • [02] Australians prefer Greece

  • [01] Papandreou addresses OTE employees

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou described the way the government was handling the public wealth as a "scandal" and a "modern-day tragedy", addressing OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) employees at the telecom's administration building on Tuesday morning. He said that "we are here to halt the development of a modern-day tragedy", adding that the way the government was handling the public wealth and OTE "is a tragdy". "Only a Third World country would sell off the public wealth, thus benefiting a private businessman rather than the State," he said, adding that his visit is a display of support and joint struggle with the OTE employees. "We will wage this fight together, and we will win," he said. Papandreou stated that OTE should not be sold for three reasons. First, because it constitutes a fundamental tool of national planning, and with its sale Greece would lose the right of being able to plan for the economy and the people in the telecoms sector. Second, because it is a telecoms company with a strong presence in the wider Balkan region as well. Third, because OTE has developed substantive knowhow, which Greece should not lose.

    Caption:Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou addresses OTE's (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) employees on Tuesday 15 April 2008.ANA-MPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

    [02] Australians prefer Greece

    The number of Australian tourists visiting Greece this year is expected to rise by 7 to 10 percent, according to the director of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) office in Sydney.

    Greece is gradually becoming a popular destination for Australian tourists and, based on all indications, the upward trend will continue, according to the GNTO head, speaking on the occasion of the Travel Expo tourist exhibition held in Melbourne.

    Fewer than 100,000 Australian tourists visit Greece annually, and the increased interest currently recorded is attributed to the country‚s promotion abroad through the successfully held 2004 Olympic Games and the tourism promotion campaigns launched in various parts of the world.


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