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Interview – Yiannis Mattheos: ‘Yachting Tourism Contributes to Santorini’s Image as Year-round Destination’

Yiannis Mattheos, the CEO of Caldera Yachting, talks to GTP and underlines the importance of yachting tourism to the local economy of Santorini.

MITT 2010: Greece Tightens Ties With Russia

Greece will grant multiple-entry visas for six to 12 months and up to five years to Russian citizens, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos announced to the Russian press during his visit to the 17th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition that ran...

Drop in Easter Holiday Overnights Creates Skepticism

The total outcome in regards to hotel bookings during this year’s Easter holiday did not satisfy Greek hoteliers but hasty conclusions should not be made in regards to the season’s final result, President of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers Andreas Andreadis advised last month.

Greek Tourism Moves Ahead At 44th ITB

Greece’s economic problems will not have an impact on German visits to the country this year, said Klaus Laepple, president of German Travel Association Deutschen ReiseVerbands (DRV), during the opening press conference of the 44th ITB Berlin travel trade show held last month.

Athens Hotel Revenue Expected To Take A Plunge

As a destination Athens is deteriorating and losing any grounds it had intended to gain and this ultimately cannot be considered a result of the global economic crisis, according to Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos.

VAT Hike Puts A Damper On Greek Tourism

The government’s effort to solve Greece’s fiscal problems will not be successful if not accompanied by measures to support tourism, President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) Nikos Angelopoulos recently said in a letter to Finance Minister Yiorgos...

Athens City Center In Need Of Face-Lift

If we want to upgrade Athens, we need to set down some rules and faithfully follow them, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos recently said in an interview to the Greek press when asked about the problems at the one end of the historic center of Athens—the Omonia Square...

Greek Spa Industry Lacks Trained Professionals

Greece cannot be considered a luxury spa destination as Greek spas currently have no specific identification and hotels that promote themselves as spa resorts do not maintain proper standards, according to the “2nd Wellness Fit & Spa Meeting Day” held last month in Athens.

Aktina Group Enters 35th Year

“Aktina's basic principle is to emphasize on understanding the needs of the traveler and this is why we insist on providing quality services that exceed the highest expectations,” according to Panagiotis Zerzivilis, managing director and CEO of Aktina Group.

GNTO Offices Abroad To Close

Important markets to Greek tourism would not be left without a Greek National Tourism Office but mergers are to occur where two or more offices serve a single region, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently assured Greek journalists.

SETE’s 2009 Overview Not A Pretty Picture

Greek tourism seems to be headed in the same direction it always has, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Nikos Angelopoulos, said last month while addressing Greek journalists at the association's 2009 overview.

Athens Hotel Industry In Free Fall

Athens hotel bookings have been in "free fall" as of December 2008, which translates to a 12 percent decrease up until September 2009 and an eight percent drop in the average price per room, stressed the President of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association Yiannis Retsos at the...

Aquis Hotel CEO Funds Tourism Institute

Bournemouth University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran recently announced the establishment of "The John Kent Institute in Tourism," which will be funded through a substantial donation made to the University by tourism entrepreneur, John Kent.

Attica Hotel Revenue Down in Jan-Sep 2009

Hotels in Attica saw their average hotel occupancy rates drop by 13.62 percent, 9.26 percent and 9.25 percent in five-, four- and three-star hotels respectively during the first nine months of 2009, according to recently announced figures of the monthly study of GBR Consulting.

Philoxenia 2009 Hangs On Strong

The 25th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held together with the hotel furnishing exhibition Hotelia, saw trade visitors increase this year by some 28 percent compared to last year's exhibition as 4,782 trade visitors were counted, the exhibition's organizer Helexpo said.

Olympic Air Officially Takes Off

Marfin Investment Group will continue to place public interest above short-term business interests for as long as Greece is tested by the crisis, said the company's President Andreas Vgenopoulos during the official inauguration ceremony of Olympic Air held at the company's...

Qatar Airways: New Athens Flight To Doha

Qatar Airways recently announced its second daily non-stop flight from Athens to Doha, which would gradually integrate into the existing flight schedule from Athens by March 2010.

Sojourn Tax Again Causes Friction

The increase of the sojourn tax—imposed on hotels and other private businesses that operate in tourist regions by local governments—is unconstitutional and without substantial benefit, said the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Agones Grammes Interim Tender Causes Clashes

MIG President Andreas Vgenopoulos recently criticized Transport Deputy Minister Nikos Sifounakis as he made reference to a "scandalous government inability" and "lack of specific policy in air transports" in regards to the latter's handling of the interim state-subsidized...

Greece Outlines Tourism Targets At WTM ’09

Travel and tourism, as an industry, has faced pandemics, natural disasters, escalating fuel prices and 9/11 but one of the World Travel Market's greatest strengths is its ability to mirror the industry in its many moods, said WTM's Chairman Fiona Jeffery at the tourism fair's...