On 5 July Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur and Estonian ambassador to Greece Margus Rava opened the first Estonian honorary consulate on the island of Crete (the fourth Estonian honorary consulate in Greece). The honorary consul is Emmanouel Dandoulakis.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister Pevkur expressed his delight that more and more foreign friends of Estonia are taking the opportunity to represent Estonia in their own countries. “Estonia may be small, but we have a lot of friends around the world, and with them we make Estonia bigger,” he said. “We have e-residency, just about everything can be done digitally, and there’s a lot more with the help of which – and by using the network of honorary consuls – we can make Estonia even bigger.”
Ambassador Rava said that Estonian representation in Crete was vital. “Thousands of Estonians come to this beautiful island every year, and given that the biggest travel agencies are planning to offer even more trips in future, having an honorary consul here is no longer simply necessary, but goes without saying,” he remarked.
Honorary consul Dandoulakis said that there is no better place than Crete for vacations and invited all Estonians to consider the island when making travel plans. “We have fantastic weather just about all year round and stunning nature,” he said. “You could spend years discovering everything the island has to offer. I’ll personally do everything I can to ensure that every Estonian who comes here has a trouble-free time. Estonian travel agents are very good at what they do. But if anyone loses their passport or ID card or needs any other consular help while they’re in Crete, I’m here for them.”
Also attending the opening of the honorary consulate were the mayor of Agios Nikolaos, the deputy director of the Crete region and dozens of local entrepreneurs.
The Estonian honorary consulate in Crete is situated at Akti Themistokleous 12 in the town of Agios Nikolaos. The honorary consul can be contacted on +30 28410 25232 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmanouel Dandoulakis was born in 1944. He has worked in the tourism industry for many years. He is the CEO of Delta Dan Travel and a member of the supervisory board of Cosmos Hotels. He actively fosters relations between Crete and the Nordic countries in the field of tourism. He was formerly the chairman of the supervisory board of Eastern Ports of Crete and responsible for the development of the ports in the region. In addition to Greek, he speaks English and Swedish.