The inauguration of the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens took place on Saturday, 6 December, 2014 in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, on the sidelines of the 3rd Greece-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council held in Athens.
Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the two Ministers held a brief meeting, during which they discussed the cooperation prospects between the two countries in the area of tourism, a sector of vital importance for the economy and growth of both countries, given that Turkey as well as Greece constitute attractive tourist destinations.
The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens represents the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey in Greece. It was established one (1) year ago and it has served to present and promote the Turkish cultural heritage in Greece as well as to highlight the country as a tourist destination. At the same time, it has undertaken initiatives and implemented actions in cooperation with competent authorities in Greece and Turkey so as to support major cultural and tourism events in addition to promoting inspired artists in the context of the cooperation between the two countries.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur, the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), Mr. Panos Livadas, the Vice-president of GNTO, Mr. Christoforos Kaparounakis, the Director General for Tourism Promotion of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Mr. Irfan Önal, as well as officials from both ministries.
Seen from left: The Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur welcomes the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, and the Secretary General of GNTO, Mr. Panos Livadas, at the Office of Culture and Tourism.