Greece’s Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura concluded an official visit to Korea where she participated in the 7th World Conference of the World Tourism Organisation of the United Nations and hoped to establish a direct air link between Korea and Greece.
Kountoura met with South Korean Culture and Tourism Minister Do Jong-hwan and Veterans Minister Pi Woo-jin, as well as the Democratic Party's parliamentary spokesman and head of the Greco-Korean Friendship Group, Hong Young-pyo, Kountoura stressed the strong ties between the two countries and the need to launch a direct air link between Seoul and Athens. Both ministers and the parliamentary spokesman have pledged to support Kountoura's initiative. She also met with senior executives from the leading travel groups KAL and Hanjin Travel, and Korean Air, with the aim of directly boosting tourism flows from South Korea to Greece and prioritising a direct flight between Seoul and Athens.
Both Greek and Korean officials committed themselves to work more closely with the Ministry of Tourism and the Greek Tourism Organisation to speed up the procedures leading to the launch of a new direct air link in time for the next summer tourist season in 2019.