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|ATHENS Authentic Alex Ovechkin Jersey , Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Athens is on track to host a recordbreaking number of foreign visitors which for the first time everwill exceed 5 million people this year, according to the latestdata released by the City of Athens this week.
In order to further boost the tourist influx and local economy,the municipality has mobilized enthusiastic Athenians this year towelcome visitors at info point kiosks across the city.
More than 100 volunteers of all ages and walks of life, equippedwith specially branded T-shirts and hats, assist since May themunicipality's employees to provide help to visitors at kiosks onSyntagma square in front of the parliament, the pedestrian path atthe foot of the Acropolis hill and the Athens airport seven days aweek.
Launched by Athens Mayor Yorgos Kaminis and Athens TourismPartnership Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey , an initiative which brings together several majorplayers in the tourism sector, such as airliners, the "AthensGreeter" program aims to showcase the friendly and hospitable faceof the city and offer tourists city insight and information.
"Tourism is an important job creator and economic driver for thecity of Athens...The Program will help us ensure our visitors enjoytheir time spent in the capital, and we hope to welcome all of themback as repeat visitors year after year," Kaminis said in ane-mailed statement.
According to the World Tourism Organization, 40 foreign visitorscreate one new job domestically T. J. Oshie Jersey , boosting employment and theoverall economy, he noted.
The program is also part of a wider campaign to promote theGreek capital as a modern, attractive year-round destination,
"This is the final leg of a major effort made in Athens inrecent years, of a systematic bid to promote Athens across theworld," Evita Kalogiorga Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , spokesperson of the City of AthensDevelopment Company, told Xinhua.
The Athens Greeters are tasked to pinpoint to visitors the knownand unknown, different aspects of Athens.
"They are the warm, friendly face of the city. They areanswering questions; they are handing out informative material,such as maps and tip cards helping along with municipalityemployees," Kalogiorga noted.
The program also enhances the spirit of volunteerism amongAthenians Alex Ovechkin Jersey , and provides an opportunity for some training and workexperience in the tourism sector not only to the young, but alsoolder Greeks who consider a career change during the debtcrisis.
The youngest volunteer is 18 years old, while the oldest is 72,a retired air steward.
Konstantina T, 22, is studying Finance. She did not join theprogram seeking a career in the tourism industry Washington Capitals T-Shirts , but just wantedto help foreign visitors and share with them her passion for thecity where she was born, she told Xinhua.
She had worked as a volunteer in the past during the AthensMarathon and she wanted to do it again this summer.
"I am very proud of this city. I live here. I was born here. Ithink it has a lot of things to see when you come here for firsttime, a lot of monuments, very nice places to go all day. So yes Iam very proud of it and I would like to show them all the places togo and have a very nice experience," she said.
Approximately 25,000 visitors seek help at Syntagma's info kioskper week. And many of them return before leaving Athens just tothank the employees and volunteers for the assistance.
"It is rewarding because we take a lot of smiles Custom Capitals Jersey , a lot of thankyou. They try to speak in Greek and learn some things in mylanguage," Konstantina said.
Nico from Namibia was one of the tourists she helped find a busticket on Friday. On his way to visit his two children who arestudents in Germany, he stopped in Athens with his wife to see theAcropolis and as much as they can within a few days.
They were impressed with Konstantina and in general Greekpeople, he told Xinhua.
"We think they are very friendly and helpful; they are very openand I think they enjoy having tourists in town," he said.Enditem
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