Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Fuchtel urges Germans to visit Greece

AMNA -- Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni on Tuesday met Germany's special envoy for Greece, Deputy Labour Minister Hans Joachim Fuchtel, who was accompanied by Otto Rehhagel, former coach of the Greek national football team, who was also enlisted by the German Chancellor as her special envoy.

Kefalogianni noted that investing in human resources is a priority and announced a number of initiatives in tourism sector education and vocational training.

Referring to a new education programme, already implemented in Germany, Portugal and Spain, which is mainly supported by private enterprises and offers to tourism studies' students paid on-the-job training, Kefalogianni said that “the ministry of tourism supports innovation that contributes to better training and creates new job positions”.

On his part, Fuchtel noted the tourism ministry's intention to promote vocational training and said that it is a great tool in tackling unemployment. Focusing on the advantages of the new education programme, Fuchtel said that the trainees are paid and, at the same time, they have the opportunity to get in touch with labour market trends and work in a foreign country.amna

He said that the new initiatives undertaken by the tourism ministry have the right timing because Europe has earmarked 6 billion euros for such purposes, underlining that Greece can receive funding and take advantage of the opportunity to reduce unemployment.

Speaking to AMNA, Fuchtel invited the German tourists to visit Greece, noting that Greece has made noticeable progress and is a safe country that Germans should visit.

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