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article imageAngela Merkel asks Germans to vacation in Greece

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 7, 2013 in World
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked her fellow Germans to take their vacations in Greece, as she presided over the inauguration of Berlin's International Tourism Fair.
Berlin's ITF is playing host to 10,086 tour operators from 188 countries this year, DW reported.
International tourism is experiencing steady growth. Figures cited by Eurostat show that in 2011 German residents spent 656 million nights during holiday trips outside of Germany in 2011. Now Merkel is encouraging more of them to spend their vacations in Greece.
According to Ekathimerini Merkel visited the Greek tourism representatives at the ITF on "her own initiative and offered wishes of good luck for Greek tourism."
Andreas Andreadis, President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), noted the "dramatic shift in the attitude of the German political leadership and public opinion" towards a more positive image of Greece, is partly responsible for the upsurge in vacation bookings from Germany to Greece by 15 percent, To Vima reported. Andreadis hopes the momentum can be maintained and not threatened by a round of Greek strikes or riots.
Even before Berlin's ITF opened Digital Journal reported Greece tourism bookings were increasing as optimism is restored.
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