In yachting industry news from Athens, last week Greek Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Giorgos Nikitiadis, met with representatives within the yachting market to discuss development in that sector. Combined with recent initiatives and news of promoting Russian tourism in Greece, it appears the government is making substantial efforts to grow industry there.
Nikitiadis brought to light the increasing importance for the Greek government to lend direct support for initiatives and promotions aimed at elevating that industry.
Among the many topics Nikitiadis addressed, these are some of the high points of this discussion:
- Campaign for yachting development and promotion
- Implementation of infrastructure projects – marinas, harbors, road-steads
- Education and continuous training of employees in this sector
Also present at this meeting were representatives of the employees unions as well as the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, the Greek Professional Yacht Owners Bareboat Association (S.I.T.E.S.A), the Federation of Greek Manufacturers of Polyester Boats, and traders of Requisites and Providers of relative Services.
Greek officials are obviously ramping up efforts to spur economic growth in this and other sectors. Just a week ago Nikitiadis was in other talks meant to increase investment in cruise tourism development. More specifically, Greece needs investors to help build port facilities that can support larger cruise ships.
A last note, just as Russian Federation outbound travel is on the rise, Russian visitors to Greece have been way up too. Seeking investment from Russian sources then, seems to fall in line with the general strategy to revitalize the overall tourism picture. More later from Athens.
The video below offers a subtle hint from the traveler’s perspective. If you have not seen Greece from the deck of a yacht, then you have not nearly seen her at all.