Saturday, March 24, 2012

Greek Tourism supported by Greeks around the world!

Greeks from around the globe have teamed up in order to buy digital advertising in Times Square in order to  promote Greek tourism. This campaign has been possible through crowd-funding, and not by an official organisation, in order to help Greece and its economy. The digital ads are scheduled to appear from yesterday, 23rd of March, and run for 30 days. 
This whole project began by three Greeks, George Kleivokiotis, Stathis Haikalis and Onik Paladjian, who have achieved their goals with help received by many more Greeks from around the world, in order to assist Greece, which is going through a tough economic crisis. 
Tourism is an important part of Greek economy, estimated to account for up to 18% of Greek gross domestic product and 20% of employment.
The ads in Times Square have been made possible by donations, i.e. $20.352, from 333 people, including Greeks, people of Greek ancestry who live in other countries and friends of Greece. 50% came from Greece, whilst the rest of the amount was collected in Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, U.A.E, U.K. and U.S.A.
This campaign, entitled "UP Greek Tourism", has a large following on Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube. This project is a noble cause, which could facilitate in the advancement of the Greek economy. Let us only hope that many more people are involved in causes like this one, so we can consequently battle the current devastating economic crisis in this ancient Mediterranean country.

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