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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-19

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  • [01] 'Coca-Cola believes in Greece', top executive says
  • [02] Ryanair to open its first base in Greece at Hania airport
  • [03] Tourism Minister Kefaloyanni strikes deal with Atout France

  • [01] 'Coca-Cola believes in Greece', top executive says

    AMNA -- "Coca-Cola believes in Greece," the multinational giant's number two executive worldwide Ahmet Bozer assured on Wednesday, speaking at an event in Thessaloniki.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Bozer, currently President of the Istanbul-based Eurasia & Africa Group, leading the Company's business activities in over 90 countries and slated to become President of Coca-Cola International, effective January 1, 2013, also expressed his conviction that Greece will emerge from the crisis stronger and more resilient, and when that happens, Coca-Cola will continue to be active in the Greek market and will have an advantage over the competition.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Speaking at an event at the Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki, Bozer said: "In the last two years we invested more than 160 million euros in Greece. If we did not believe in Greece, we would not have kept our headquarters for 23 countries here. Our commitment to Greece is strong and irreversible". amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; He said that the current leaders should see what is happening in Greece as an age of transformation and not a period of crisis, because "when you think of the crisis, you immediately enter into a process of protecting yourself, putting yourself in the corner". amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; If one looks beyond the negative news reproduced by the media, one will see the reality of Greece's many advantages, Bozer said: "It is the top power in merchant shipping, has almost 20 million tourists annually, an important producer of agricultural products and a significant regional investor. In Turkey, for example, 439 companies with Greek capital were officially registered, at the end of 2010, of which 252 were registered in 2005-2010".

    He said that 2013 will certainly be a difficult year for Greece, with high unemployment possible and a continuing recession in entrepreneurship, but the course of growth must continue, adding that "the tough choices, which may hurt but without which everything will be lost, are necessary".amna

    [02] Ryanair to open its first base in Greece at Hania airport

    AMNA -- Low cost airline Ryanair has selected Hania airport (Ioannis Daskaloyannis) to be its first base in Greece, which will also be the airline's 55th base in Europe.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The operation will start in April 2013, said the company's official Kate Sherry in a press conference held at the Hania Chamber on Wednesday.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The Ryanair base in Hania will operate from April until October and will serve 26 European destinations with 106 flights per week and a total of 500,000 passengers.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; An aircraft will be parked permanently in Hania airport and the extension of the company's activities in the city will create 500 working positions.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Within the framework of the inauguration of the new base the company will offer 100,000 seats at 8 euros each starting from December 20 at midnight.amna mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; The cost of the investment is estimated at 70 million euros while the profits from this investment for the local economy are estimated at 250 million euros.

    [03] Tourism Minister Kefaloyanni strikes deal with Atout France

    AMNA -- French know-how on tourism issues will be offered to Greece's National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) based on a protocol of cooperation between the two sides, while further actions will be launched to reinforce bilateral cooperation.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; ‘ourism Minister Olga Kefaloyanni met on Tuesday in Paris with French Government Tourist Office "Atout France" General Director Christian Mantei to discuss the prospects of a broad cooperation between the two countries' national tourism organizations.

    After the meeting, she underlined that "the signing of the protocol is the beginning of a substantive cooperation that will contribute to the efforts made to boost Greek tourism"."Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The talks focused on the systematic exchange of information as regards tourism know-how, the adoption of initiatives to ensure quality upgrading of services, the development of new kinds of tourism and the gradual implementation of joint actions aimed at boosting bilateral relations in the sector of tourism and increase tourist arrivals.amna

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