Athens, May 13, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Greece is entering a new era of growth and optimism, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras emphasized in a SETE event, in reference to the conclusion of the evaluation and the Greek debt issue. He added that Greece “is and will remain a stable and secure country, despite being located in a troubled region of the world.” “The stayover levy will apply from 2018”, he also announced during his speech.
Aexis Tsipras said that tourism is the spearhead in the growth prospects that opens up ahead for our country, as it supports the employment of at least 200 occupational categories.
An environment of economic stability and the assurance of safety are the two pillars of tourism, the prime minister said, and as he added, he wants to send a message inside and outside the country, that Greece is and will remain a stable and secure country, despite being located in a troubled region of the world.
As the prime minister said, upon completion of the first bailout program review and through debt relief, uncertainty could give way to stability. Greece, he added, is entering a new era of growth and optimism. On the pillar of security, Mr. Tsipras said that the challenges are great and in many cases greater than us, as we live in the most beautiful but troubled neighborhood in the world, a Europe that is experiencing a security crisis. However, Greece is a reference point, a beacon of stability and security, the premier said.
The stayover levy imposed on hotels will be implemented in 2018, the Prime Minister announced during his speech.
He expressed optimism regarding the progress of the economy, stressing that by the end of the year more than 10 billion euros will be channeled to the real economy, which, he said would beat forecasts and the country will return to growth before the end of the year.
The forecast for 2017 is for 2.7% growth, the prime minister said and noted that it is now time for the government to roll out its plans for growth.