Tourism: Saudi Arabia to sign major agreement with Greece

10 February, 12:30

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, FEBRUARY 10 - Saudi Arabia and Greece will sign a major agreement on Monday to boost cooperation in the tourism sector, generate growth in tourist traffic and offer opportunities to the southern European nation to showcase its tourism products and services in the local market. Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni, who has been invited by Prince Sultan bin Salman, chief of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), will sign the accord on behalf of Greece. "The plan is to step up cooperation between Riyadh and Athens in all tourism-related areas," said Greek Ambassador Ioannis Christofilis in an interview on Sunday as reported by eTN website. The Greek tourism minister will hold talks with Prince Sultan on Monday. She will also hold talks with top Saudi officials during her three-day visit to Riyadh, including Riyadh Governor Prince Khaled bin Bandar and Abdulaziz Khoja, culture and information minister.

    Christofilis said that tourism is one of the major components of Saudi-Greece relations and that about 13,000 Saudi citizens visited that country last year. In fact, tourism figures are set to rise to a record high in Greece this year, according to a new report. Greece has also announced plans to offer residency permits to non-EU citizens, including Gulf investors, on purchasing or renting property. The tourism sector is very important for Greece, generating 12 billion euros in revenues, which has accounted for 17% of the country's GDP during the last few years.(ANSAmed).

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