Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias has reached an agreement with Visa, a company that facilitates electronic money and remittances worldwide, to provide transaction data between the Ministry of Tourism and Visas, which will help promote the Greek Republic as a favorable destination for digital nomads.
The Ministry of Tourism and Visas has discussed new ways to enhance cooperation and assist the country’s digital nomad visa system, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a statement published by the country’s Ministry of Tourism, promoting the Greek Republic as a remote point of contact for company executives is important, after it was estimated that Visa could send more than 3 percent of its employees annually to the country or 21,500 people in the near future.
Such an initiative was launched by the same ministry as pioneering in the first phase in several cities in Greece, such as Ermoupolis, Kalamata and Heraklion.
The agreement reached between the Ministry of Tourism and Visa secured valuable data regarding the development of the tourism sector in the country.
At the same time, Visa will help to provide a comprehensive twelve-month analysis of the spending of tourists in the Republic of Greece using international Visa cards.
The agreement states that Visa’s standalone schedules will be updated for another three years, while the company will promote the Greek Republic as a destination for foreign card holders, while in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, it will provide a dedicated travel platform website.
“As tourism is an important part of the country’s GDP and a leading sector in terms of investments, it is important to formulate a data-driven policy. In this regard, we welcome our cooperation with Visa as it will significantly enhance our policy-making capabilities for the design of tourism products,” noted Tourism Minister Vassilis. Kikilias in this regard.
In addition, Kikilias emphasized that “this data is a tool that will help us target our markets more accurately, identify opportunities and better organize our strategy for promoting the country.”
Last year, authorities in Greece revealed their plans to introduce a special visa for digital nomads, which would allow foreigners working remote jobs to work remotely from the Greek republic.
The plan was revealed after an agreement was reached between the Greek Ministers of Migration and Foreign Affairs in order to help promote remote work through this innovative trend.