10 April, 2006
Greece's tourism development minister Fani Palli-Petralia arrived in Washington D.C. on Sunday, where she will attend the three-day Global Travel and Tourism Summit that opens Tuesday in the US capital, hosted by the World Tavel & Tourism Council. She will also meet with senior US government officials and leading officials of the US travel and tourism sector.
On Monday, Petralia will attend a working breakfast with travel agents, followed by separate meetings with US undersecretary of state for political affairs Nicholas Burns -- who is a former US ambassador to Greece -- and head of the National Tourism Office Elen Marano.
She is scheduled to attend a luncheon at the US Congress, followed by a meeting with American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) executive vice president William Maloney, while she will attend the premiere of Aeschylus' "Persians" being staged by the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, with the funding of the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
On Tuesday, Petralia will attend the Summit, to be attended by US government officials, ministers from all over the world, and top representatives from the tourism branch worldwide, where global tourism developments will be discussed.
Petralia will further address an event at Georgetown University on the theme "Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism in post-Olympics Greece", before attending a Washington Post reception for the Summit delegates.
The Greek minister will conclude her Washington visit on Wednesday following the round-up of the second and last day of the Summit.
Source: Athens News Agency