Tourism and trade cooperation were among the main topics discussed at a meeting of delegates from Paphos municipality and mayors of twinned towns in Greece, held in Thessaloniki, it was announced on Saturday.
Led by Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos, the meeting was attended by the mayors of sister cities Kalamaria, Lamia, Mytilene, Preveza and Chania. The mayor of Corfu was forced to return to the island when a “state of emergency” was declared after torrential rains caused extensive destruction.
Phedonos said the aim of the meeting was to discuss resumption of the twinning process, and to build cultural, economic, and educational relationships between the cities. “Our focus is to create a joint promotional campaign between Paphos and its sister cities in Greece that will allow small businesses to promote their product exports through local trade fairs and exhibitions,” he said.
He added that universities within the Paphos-Greece sister cities network, such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Crete, University of the Aegean, Paphos Innovation Institute, and Tepak’s future School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Paphos should nurture collaboration between them to find solutions to complex social, health, environmental, and economic challenges. “Together, we can bring about many benefits,” he said.
Mayors of the municipalities met in Thessaloniki at the Annual Conference of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), and ‘Beyond 4.0’, an international exhibition designed to address today’s needs, bringing together the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products.