Greece and India move closer to boosting tourism ties

One more step towards strengthening the links between Greece and India was done after Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Economic Diplomacy and Openness, Kostas Fragogiannis, and Indian Minister of State for Trade and Industry Anupriya Patel signed a cooperation protocol during the 8th session of the Joint Greece-India Economic Committee held in Athens last week.

The two ministers stressed the importance of the agreement to further strengthen economic relations and broaden prospects in the areas of trade and investment, energy and renewable sources, transport and tourism.

In addition to discussing ways to increase the export activity of food products, pharmaceutical products and building materials, the two ministers and their delegations also explored the tourism exchange potential and direct air links between Greece and Indiafollowing the ratification in February by the Greek parliament of the Greece-India air link agreement signed in 2017.

“The different thematic options such as culture, gastronomy, conference, wedding and film tourism are the main areas of particular interest that Greece has a lot to offer the Indian visitor,” said the Secretary General of Tourism Policy Olympia Anastasopoulou after signing the protocol.

“Our countries have deep cultural roots and common historical landmarks. India also has a huge film industry which is already active in our country both in music videos and in popular serials, which are already airing or will be airing on Indian TV,” she added.

Marking the conclusion of the Committee’s work, Fragogiannis told public broadcaster ERT that steps were being taken to “prepare the ground for the next major trade mission to India scheduled for next autumn”.


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