Macedonian Press Agency
5 November 2001

Over 350.000 Serbs visited Greece from January 1, 2001 until today, while the Greeks who visited Serbia in the same period of time were just 10.000. The above were stated by Serb Tourism Organization director Ljubica Milogevic within the framework of a press conference in Thessaloniki today held on the occasion of the 17th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia 2001.

Ms. Milogevic stated that the goal is to forge new collaborations and strengthen the existing ones, while she also announced that eight Belgrade hotels are going to be sold in the following days.

For the record, about 80.000 people work in Serbia's tourism sector corresponding to 3% of the country's population.

Belgrade Tourism Organization director Loran Novacovic stressed that in the first 8 months of 2001 there was a 15% increases in the number of tourists who visited the city compared to 2000, a percentage that corresponds to 900.000 visitors. He also stated that the number of tourists who stayed overnight in Belgrade was increased by 84% this year, while in July alone the transit tourists were 760.000.

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