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Archaeological sites serving cruiseship visitors to extend schedules in summer
Archaeological sites and museums near ports will have extended hours of operation in the summer to serve cruiseship visitors, said Alternate Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports Minister Costas Tzavaras, during a meeting he had with representatives of the Association of Cruiseship and Shipping Agency Owners on Thursday.
Association President Theodore Kontes said the museums and archaeological sites would be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., according to assurances by the minister, who also said that a special group at his ministry will be on 24-hour contact with all tourism-related sectors to deal with problems arising during the visits of tourists arriving on cruiseships.
According to tourism specialists, Greece should expect an additional 1.5 million visitors this year over 2012, when arrivals dropped by 5.5 percent (or 909,625 people) over 2011 figures. The National Statistics Service said that in 2012 arrivals in Greece totalled 15,517,622 from 16,427,247 the year before.
SOURCE: ATHENS NEWS AGENCY