16 January, 2007
Greece is a safe country, and proved this with the smooth organisation of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Petralia stressed, and expressed certainty that there would be no repercussions on tourism from the US to Greece due to last Friday's early-morning rocket attack at the US embassy in Athens, which caused minor material damage but no injuries.
In fact, she said, the first tourism movement figures since October to the present indicated a very good number of reservations, particularly in the area of yachting.
Replying to a question on whether a travel directive had been issued by the US concerning Greece, Petralia said that there was no travel directive by the US, but just a note.
Petralia has spoken with US ambassador to Greece Charles Ries and US president George Bush's security advisor, as well as with representatives of travel agencies in the US.
Source: Athens News Agency