UNWTO chief says to consider creating an int'l center in Greece

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ATHENS, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said here on Monday that they are to consider creating an international center in Greece.

"Greece is a very nice showcase for other member states and we want to use all the experience," Pololikashvili said after his meeting with Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis.

"We talked a lot about innovation, about education, and with the support of the Minister we are going to think and to create a UNWTO international center in Greece," said Pololikashvili.

After praising Greece's recovery effort -- thanks also to tourism -- following its economic crisis, the UNWTO chief noted that "the numbers are saying that Greece is growing very fast. There are lots of investment opportunities."

Theocharis said: "There is a big scope for common action. We can both provide best practices to other countries and learn from the vast experience the WTO has amassed from the different countries throughout the world. This is going to be fruitful and win-win cooperation in terms of expanding the best practices of tourism."

The Greek minister noted that "our cooperation has entered some very specific and deep points, on education and on innovation and startups and sustainable development, and the exchange of good practices among countries."

The minister believes that Greece is in the top league of tourist countries in the world. "But we are not happy with where we are. We want to be better. We want to focus now not on arrivals but in terms of quality and tourism revenue, the tourism GDP, in order to be able to create wealth that is inclusive and reaches all the echelons of society." Enditem

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