Tourists learn Greek and get local discounts
The best way to learn a new language is to speak with the locals. Seeing a business opportunity here, a Greek entrepreneur has set up a new innovative SME that rewards both tourists and local enterprise.
‘Glossopolis is a travel platform that connects tourists with local business through the Greek language,’ said Athina Pitta, who founded the company in 2013.
By completing different online courses the Athens-based SME offers tourists discounts at bars, restaurants, hotels and other local services. This helps tourists prepare for their holiday, save some extra cash and boost the Greek economy.
‘We support local business by giving them income from abroad in a win-win situation,’ added Athina.
To help get Glossopolis off the ground, Athina participated in the Erasmus for Entrepreneurs programmed where she ended up gaining invaluable experience in Brussels.
‘I worked at the European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET), it was a very good step to learn how to promote your business to other countries,’ said Athina.
‘I met other entrepreneurs and that was a huge inspiration because I saw innovative business models that helped me find solutions to complicated problems.’
Glossopolis has since seen growth in both staff and revenue. Athina now has five employees, attracted travelers from 118 different counties and is hoping to expand to France and Spain.
‘I believe young entrepreneurs in Greece have chances,’ said Athina. ‘We have the internet and we speak languages – we can find our customers abroad.’
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