In his speech at general assembly of the tourist businesses association (SETE) on Thursday, the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined that Greece will remain a stable and secure country, despite the turmoil in neighboring areas.

The Prime Minister also revealed that the planned tax on overnight stays in hotels and room rentals will come into effect in 2018. The Prime Minister also stressed that tourism will be at the forefront of Greece’s return to growth, as it provides employment to over 200 professions.

According to PM Tsipras, the conclusion of the Greek bailout review, along with debt relief will help dispel the uncertainty. Greece, he added, is entering a “new era of growth and optimism” and underlined that the country will rise up to the challenges ahead.

Finally, the Prime Minister commented that over 10 billion euros would enter the real economy in 2016 and was confident that the economy can return to growth by the end of the year, in accordance with government planning.