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The Minister of Tourism, Ms Elena Koundoura.
The Mayor of Marathon, Mr Ilias Psinakis.
Addressing participants in the congress, which she characterised as particularly important, the Minister of Tourism, Ms Elena Koundoura, stressed that Greek tourism is growing at twice the rate of international tourism, as the country achieved a growth rate of 7% to 8%, as compared to the international average of 3% to 4%. Ms Koundoura announced from the congress podium that over the course of 18 months, our country managed to attract 140 investment plans for hotels that have either already been licensed or are currently in the licensing stage. She also announced the achievement of another important objective, that of lengthening the tourism period, with tourist traffic continuing in certain regions until November, and stressed that every additional million visitors results in 70,000 to 90,000 new jobs.
The President of TIF-Helexpo, Mr Tassos Tzikas; the Minister of Tourism, Ms Elena Koundoura; the CEO of TIF-Helexpo, Mr Kyriakos Pozrikidis; the Mayor of Marathon, Mr Ilias Psinakis.
The panel of the thematic section 'The Balkan City model: A common history' - the Deputy Mayor for Tourism and International Relations of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Mr Spyros Pegas; the Deputy Mayor of European and International Relations of Plovdiv, Mr Stefan Stoyanov; the representative of the Department of Tourism and Local Economic Development of Ohrid, Mr Gjorgji Trpeski; the representative of the Tourism Promotion Association of Edirne, Professor Emel Gonenc Guler.
Snapshot of the congress audience. The speaker at the podium is the CEO of the Tourism Organisation of Belgrade, Mr Miodrag Popovic.