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Tourism Arrivals Up Over Last Year

Arrivals to Greece during the first half of this year proved to be on a scale expected by local analysts. Arrivals to the Dodecanese resort island of Rodos, from Athens, rose by 32% to 277,308 in the first six months of the year, compared with 1999, the Civil Aviation Authority...

Greek Internet Users Still Low On European Scale

The basic causes for the low penetration rate of the Web are two: the relatively high cost of access and the lack of Greek content.

Conference Tourism Remains Strong

Ever larger numbers of Greek hoteliers have invested heavily in conference facilities over the past years. So far, the investment has paid off. Expenses have been covered royally as income from conference organization is substantial.

More And More Greeks Head For The Hills

This year, a substantial number of Greek holidaymakers headed for the mountains during the peak July-August vacation period instead of heading for the beaches. "An increase in mountain tourism has been seen in the past few years, even during the summer months," says Thimios...

Electronic Booking May Soon Replace Brochures

The brochure for travel may fade from travel offices within the next decade, according to the latest trends in travel sales. Major tour operators are planning Internet websites, with videos of destinations, to eventually replace the now standard printed brochures, which have...

Greek Tourism Dreams Continue To Infiltrate Japanese Market

Strong penetration of Greek tourism into the Japanese market continues unabated. The most recent achievement was the release of a second four-page supplement that focused on the latest developments in the Greek tourism sector.

Car Rental Agencies Continue Dramatic Expansion

Greek car rental agencies continue to expand at a rapid rate, according to a recent report from the Athens-based Research Institute, ICAP. In its third report on the car rental industry, the institute says that Greece hosts around 2,500 such companies. It says their major...

Greece Levies Low Tourism Taxes

Travellers on a typical package tour pay an average of $276 in tax for their vacation, according to a study of 52 countries published in Greece. The survey was commissioned by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

Greek Hotels Expensive

Up-market Greek hotels for business travelers are on the average the fourth most expensive in the world. And it looks like prices are going even higher. According to a study by BTI UK Hogg Robinson, which was published by the Hellenic Travel and Tourism Agents' Association, last...

Research Institute for Tourism Sees Increase In Arrivals

The Research Institute for Tourism (ITEP) estimates that arrivals with increase by 7% over last year when incoming traffic increase over the year before by some 10% with 13.3 million visitors - up from 12.5 million.

Arrivals To Crete Down

Tourist traffic to the island of Crete this year will drop by 10 percent, predict Cretan travel agencies. They add that arrivals could drop even further next year. Crete Travel Agent’s Association President Manolis Papakaliatis said tour operators continue to pressure his members...

Greece’s Tourism Surplus Shrinks

Recent Eurostat figures for 1998 show that Greece’s tourism sector posted a surplus balance in its tourism sector of 288 billion drachmas.

SETE Realeases Report On Athens-Istanbul Comparison

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) recently published the results of a comparative study on tourism traffic between Athens and Istanbul.

Influx In Russian Visitors Expected

Changes in the international climate and improvements at the Greek consulates in Russia raise hopes that Greece could see a major increase in Russian visitors to Greece this year, when compared with 1999.

Tourist Arrivals Increase By At Least 7%

Tourist arrivals to Greece are expected to top 12 million in 1999, up 7.0 percent against the previous year despite a slowdown in overland arrivals due to the Yugoslav war.