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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-11

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  • [01] Greek-Israeli tourism potential discussed by top Parliament leaders

  • [01] Greek-Israeli tourism potential discussed by top Parliament leaders

    Prospects for greater tourism cooperation ahead of the expected lifting of cabotage in Greece's cruise ship sector was one of the issues discussed on Monday by visiting Knesset Deputy Speaker Ruhama Avraham and Greek Parliament vice-president Grigoris Niotis.

    Avraham, a Kadima party cadre and former tourism minister in the Mideast country, referred to major potential for increasing arrivals of Israeli tourists to Greece and Greek tourists to Israel, noting that the current levels are not satisfactory.

    Avraham, who also met with main opposition MP Elsa Papadimitriou and MP Vassilis Economou, arrived in the Greek capital to attend Monday afternoon's inauguration of an imposing Holocaust museum in central Athens' historic Kerameikos district.

    Presently, more than 200,000 Israelis travel to Greece every year, whereas 22,000 Greek nationals, primarily groups on pilgrimage tours, arrived in Israel.

    Speaking earlier on Monday at the Israeli embassy, Avraham emphasised that she was very touched and honored to represent the Knesset at the monument's unveiling, having attended similar ceremonies around the world.

    She also cited the strong bonds between Israel and Greece, and underlined that initiatives, such as the monument in Athens, are important for teaching future generations about the Holocaust.

    A draft bill lifting the cabotage regime may reach Parliament as soon as late May, ahead of the height of the summer tourism season.

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