The Greek Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Ioannis Plakiotakis, recently inaugurated the 16th Athens Boat Show, which ran from 27 November to 1 December in the former Olympic Fencing Centre in Ellinikon on the Athens Riviera Coast.

Together with the minister was the general secretary of the cabinet, Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, and the head of the Hellenic Coast Guard, rear admiral Theodoros Kliaris.

The minister expressed the will of the government and the coast guard to support this particular area of tourism, discussed with exhibitors and visitors and asked for their contribution to the new law regarding sea tourism in Greece.

Minister Plakiotakis said: “We are looking at a range of options that will cover both your industry and the wider maritime tourism, which is a strategic priority for the government. It is an industry that can make a significant contribution to the development of our national economy and you are right to say that the wind is blowing to our favour for our country.

“The government has already shown that it actually supports entrepreneurship in the sea tourism”.

The Bill is currently open to the public to study and make proposals.