03 March, 2005
NEW YORK 3/3/2005 (ANA/P. Panagiotou)
Tourist Development Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, currently on a visit to the United States, met with a number of important personalities in the U.S. film industry in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Avramopoulos presented a specific plan at the Beverly Hills Hotel, prepared in cooperation with other relevant ministries, concerning the attraction of major foreign producers to Greece.
It is an initiative aimed at rekindling Greece's relations with the international film industry, which had been a basic factor in promoting Greek tourism in the decades until the '70s.
The minister's contacts included 20th Century Fox President Jim Gianopulos and Warner's Production President Steve Papazian.
"Greece is developing into one of the most attractive places for producing great films. This also ties with the past when our country was promoted and advertised thanks to such splendid productions which wrote history," Avramopoulos said after his meetings.
Avramopoulos is also due to hold talks with the publishing group and journalists of the New York Times newspaper and will be meeting Greek community representatives and the Archbishop of America Dimitrios.
Meanwhile, Information Secretary General Panos Livadas, who is accompanying Avramopoulos during his visit, indicated that encouraging prospects are appearing for producing of Hollywood films in Greece in coming years.
"We are optimistic and the conclusions from our efforts will be jointly evaluated and examined when we return to Athens," Livadas said in a statement to the Athens News Agency.
Source: Athens News Agency