The tourism ministers of Greece and Israel met at an annual conference of the International Tourism Organization

The conference was attended by about 20 tourism ministers from around the world, and achieved new ranks for tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Greek and Israeli Tourism Ministers at the Athens International Conference. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism

The tourism ministers of Greece and Israel met at a large annual conference of the International Tourism Organization, held in Athens, with the participation of over 20 tourism ministers from around the world. At the meeting, a number of new lines of tourism cooperation were reached between the two countries:

A. Tests pool Returning from Greece to Israel: Following a request from the Greek Minister of Tourism, Harry Theoharis, To serve the Israeli tourism, Orit Farkash HaCohenRegarding the prices of tests for Israelis returning from Greece, the Minister, with the consent of the Minister of Health, issued a written clarification on behalf of the Israeli government to the Greek Minister, in which it was clarified that “Israel will recognize PCR pool tests back from Greece to Israel.” According to the Greek minister, this is half a standard test.

B. Marketing of international joint vacation packages to Israel and Greece: This is a collaboration that has been talked about for years between the ministries, but is only now being implemented. The two ministers agreed in writing to carry out joint marketing to Greece and Israel from countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and more, in order to empower and attract tourists from countries where each is strong. The Greek Minister of Tourism welcomed the fact that this is an initiative that has been talked about for years and is finally happening. As part of the understandings, Israel and Greece will allocate a sum starting at 500,000 euros each for the project.

Orit Farkash HaCohen, Minister of Tourism: ‚ÄúThank you to the Greek Minister of Tourism for the invitation and the issues we have promoted today for the benefit of the tourism industry of the two countries. Greece-Israel relations are better than ever and we translate them into action. In addition, I see great importance in the Israeli government’s response to the Greek government’s request regarding the conduct of ‘pool’ tests at the entrance to Israel. This will significantly save the cost of the test for those returning to Israel and there is no impediment to applying this rule immediately to those who leave it as well. “

And also the Italian Minister of Tourism: The Minister of Tourism also met with the Italian Minister of Tourism and the two agreed – for the first time since the 1970s – on the renewal of reciprocal work teams between the countries and the cooperation agreement in the field of tourism between the countries.

In the coming days, meetings between more than 20 tourism ministers and diplomats around the world will continue to examine cooperation. Israel will be represented by the Minister of Tourism, Orit Farkash HaCohen, in an international discussion on the future of tourism the day after the Corona.

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