While visiting Athens on Monday, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing is setting a medium-term target for a tenfold rise in Chinese visitors to Greece for the near-future.
“…Although every year there are more Chinese tourists in Greece, we have observed that last year just 150,000 visited. We therefore think that there is great scope for further increasing this figure,” Minister Wang Yi said, adding, “I understand that last year some 3 million Chinese visited Italy, but the origin of the Roman culture is Greek. Therefore I believe that if even half of them get to come to Greece, i.e. 1.5 million people, they will be 10 times as many as last year’s number. I believe that day is not very far.”
Also paving the way for more Chinese tourists is the online payment platform, Alipay, an Alibaba subsidiary. The platform is one of the most popular means of payment in China and is due to be launched in Greece as a pilot phase with 20 Greek enterprises over this coming summer, ekathimerini.com reported.