Greek Parliament set to pass bill for Greek National Tourism Office in Melbourne

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By Ilias Karagiannis.

A bill for the establishment of a Greek National Tourism Office (EOT) in Melbourne, Victoria has been put before Greece’s Parliament this week and is currently being discussed by the Committee on Production and Trade.

According to The Greek Herald‘s sources, the Bill will pass through Greek Parliament and the official establishment of EOT’s office in Melbourne is now just a matter of days away.

Greece’s Tourism Minister, Vassilis Kikilias, confirmed in January this year that his ministry wanted to open an EOT office in Melbourne, Victoria by April 2023.

The office will be housed at the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) landmark Greek Centre in Lonsdale Street.

In an interview with The Greek Herald in January, Mr Kikilias underlined that the EOT office would showcase the beauty of Greece and “make it an attractive destination for Australian travellers.”

The Greek Tourism Minister also thanked the President of the GCM, Bill Papastergiadis, for his “very good and constructive cooperation and also for granting the building facilities that will house the GNTO office.”

Greece’s General Secretary of Tourism Policy and Development, Olympia Anastasopoulou, added that the EOT office is “a historic initiative for the community.”

“We expect bonds between the two countries to tighten up and of course a further increase in tourism flows from Australian visitors,” Ms Anastasopoulou concluded.

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