There was a new optimism about the Greek economy before the onset of the pandemic. But with the lockdowns across Europe and the uncertain short-term position, the implications of the COVID-19 crisis are potentially huge for the Greek tourist sector. This is a vital part of Greece’s economy. What, then, are the implications for the sector and how can it contribute to Greece’s recovery?
Dimitrios Buhalis (@buhalis) is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries. He is Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England. He is Editor in Chief of Tourism Review an SSCI Journal and has more than 20 books and 250 scientific articles. He is a Founding Member and past President (2010-2014) of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT).
Harry Theoharis (@htheoharis) is the current Minister of Tourism of Greece. Mr Theocharis was first elected in 2015 and on December 18, 2018, he joined the New Democracy party. He holds a MEng (Hon) in software engineering-first class from Imperial College, London, and has held high-ranking positions in companies of the private sector in Greece and abroad. He has also worked in start-up companies.
Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics in the European Institute at LSE, where he is also Director of the Hellenic Observatory. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; Harvard University; and, the European University Institute (Firenze). Before LSE, he held academic posts at the Universities of Stirling and Bradford.
This event is part of LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response.
COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organisations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic. Part of LSE's response to this challenge is a series of online public events that will take place over the Summer Term.
Why not visit the School of Public Policy COVID-19 Resource Centre.
This event in the series has been organised by the Hellenic Observatory.
The next event in this series will take place at 2pm on 16 June on COVID-19: the health policy and care response.
The Hellenic Observatory (@HO_LSE) is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.
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