The Region of Central Macedonia can become an irresistible attraction for tourists from around the world once scheduled infrastructure projects are complete, according to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
The Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE) has announced its new Board of Directors for a 2-year mandate, following the association’s annual general assembly that took place recently in Athens.
“If Thessaloniki is excluded by air travel then the city will be unable to spread its wings and attract more potential visitors, especially at a time when hopes to boost the Greek economy have turned to tourism,” the Thessaloniki Hotels Association recently said.
Irish low cost carrier Ryanair will connect Thessaloniki with four European destinations within the framework of its cooperation with the Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive Director Ida Buonanno said recently in Thessaloniki.
International arrivals at major airports of Greece for the first five months of 2009 showed a decrease of 8.85 percent over the same period of 2008, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises recently announced.
As government boasts that arrivals this year will surpass last year's numbers by more than 10%, a report from the country's Institute for Tourism Research says we'll be fortunate to see a 7% increase in arrivals.