Shutdown 2013: Greek Tourism Official Visited U.S. For Shuttered Exhibit
A Greek girl, wearing an ancient robe, releases a white dove during a dress rehearsal for the torch lighting ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece September 28, 2013. Yannis Behrakis / Reuters
With the U.S. government shutdown, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Greece, given its financial woes, right here in the U.S.
Excerpt from Washington Post
Greek Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni recently arrived in the States for the opening of “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium From Greek Collections” at the National Gallery of Art.… Of all the bad luck, the government shut down, forcing the museum to shutter its doors and delay the exhibit, but the Washington Post interviewed her:
Washington Post: How did the euro crisis and recession affect tourism to Greece?
Kefalogianni: Tourism was the only sector of the economy that actually showed a lot of resilience throughout these years of the crisis and the recession. Last year was a very challenging year, because tourists had a lot of misperceptions about the country because of all the negative publicity. But we still ended up having a very marginal decrease in the number of international visitors — 5 percent.