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“Selective” VAT Cut To 6.5% Causes Mixed Reactions

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) last month welcomed the news of a reduction on the Value Added Tax for accommodation facilities but at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction on the VAT increase on other tourism services.

Greek Capital Sees Poor Customer Satisfaction

The city of Athens continues to attract visitors despite the serious problems experienced in 2010, according to the Athens-Attica Hotel Association’s latest study on customer satisfaction and performance of hotels in Attica. The study was presented at the association’s 41st...

Athens’ Hotels See Low Revenue In 2010

Athenian hoteliers saw a 6.7 percent drop in hotel occupancy this past September, along with a 9.2 percent decrease in the revenue per available room in five-, four- and three-star hotels, President of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association Yiannis Retsos said last month during his...

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Philoxenia 2010: Council Of Hotel Associations

The VAT reduction on accommodation facilities (from 11 percent to the low rate of 6.5 percent) was the main topic of discussion at this year’s council of hotel associations during Philoxenia. During the council, Andreas Andreadis, president of the Hellenic Federation of...

Philoxenia 2010: Hotel Chamber Regional Meeting

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels held their regional meeting of Northern Greece within the framework of the Philoxenia exhibition, during which they discussed important issues that concerned the hotel industry.

Philoxenia 2010: 3rd European Tourism Conference

The need for Greece to develop a new model  for Tourism was the main topic of this year’s “3rd European Tourism Conference” hosted by Philoxenia. During the first session, GNTO President Nicolas Kanellopoulos stressed the importance of green tourism for the protection and...

Philoxenia 2010: ARGO Int’l Forum

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies and the United Nations Development Program organized the first international forum “ARGO: The first Black Sea Partnership Forum for Tourism and Travel Operators” with the attendance of tourism professionals from the Black...

Philoxenia 2010: Hotel Chamber Press Conference

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels gave a press conference in Thessaloniki during Philoxenia and presented data on tourism in 2010 and estimations for 2011. During the press conference, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasting (ITEP) presented its latest study ...

Philoxenia Tourism Awards 2010

Philoxenia Awards Favorite Sea Destination: Samos Favorite Mountain or Country Destination: Palios Agios Athanasios, Pellas Favorite Urban Destination: Nafplio Most Environment-Friendly Destination: Limni Plastira, Karditsa Best Ski Center: Vasilitsa, Grevena Best Foreign...

HATTA Awards 2010

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies honored the best travel agency brochures and websites during the 28th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia last November. Best Brochures...

Gastronomy Tourism Promoted At 42nd Xenia

The 42nd Xenia exhibition (26-29 November) will host the food event “Kalimera! with taste” at the Metropolitan Expo center at Athens International Airport.

Travelport Signs New Agreements, Launches New Portal

Travelport, one of the world’s leading global distribution system providers, recently signed a five-year full content agreement for Galileo and Worldspan-connected users worldwide with Kenya Airways. The agreement enables users to gain access to the airline’s full inventory of...

Detto Travel Among The “Strongest Companies In Greece”

Detto Travel has been included in the “Strongest Companies in Greece” community announced recently by ICAP Group.

Slight Recovery Expected For Greek Tourism In 2011

Foreign arrivals at 13 of Greece’s main airports increased by 0.85 percent year-on-year in September while the number of foreign visitors in Greece dropped 0.57 percent during the first nine months of the year, according to Civil Aviation Authority data released last month.

World Tourism Day Finds Greek Tourism Troubled

As the tourism sector around the world came together to celebrate 2010 as the international year of biodiversity for the 31st World Tourism Day (27 September), the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) called on all of Greece’s forces to work together for a...

Athens’ Hotels See Poor Occupancy Results

Hotels in the Greek capital saw a 6.1 percent revenue drop for the first eight months of the year while Attica is going through two of the most difficult months of the year (September-October) that will determine the size of the losses, according to the Athens-Attica Hoteliers...

SETE Conference An Eye-Opener For Professionals

The situation of the Greek economy is improving but there still is a long way to go and therefore no excuse for complacency, Bank of Greece Governor Yiorgos Provopoulos said last month at the welcome dinner of the ninth annual tourism and development conference of the Association...

Greek Government Opens Door To Foreign Investors

Prime Minister George Papandreou signed 13 agreements last month in Athens with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that cover sectors of shipping, commerce, culture and tourism. This was the first official visit to Greece by a Chinese head of state in 24 years.

Online Tourism Campaign Goes Public

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is going through changes, as it will operate as an agency for the promotion of Greece abroad, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos told Greek journalists.