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Last Year’s Arrivals Up 16% Against 2004

Although unable to produce accurate data, last month the country's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, estimated that tourist arrivals last year rose by 16 percent against 2004.
Posted On 01 Feb 2006

Hotel Prices Fall in Attica Region

Athens hotel occupancy rates last year remained at 2004 levels but the average price per room fell more than 15 percent, according to a recent report by the Attica Hoteliers' Association.
Posted On 01 Feb 2006

Travel Industry Faces Generation Divide

The travel industry is staring at a generational divide. On one side are the deep-pocketed baby boomers, with more money and free time than ever. On the other are the burgeoning Generation X'ers, whose oldest members turned 40 this year and who increasingly are asserting their...
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

Major Rise in Visits to Greek Museums and Sites

Although some recent studies show that foreign visitors to Greece shy away from museums, tickets sold for entrance to museums have increased significantly. According to Archaeological Receipts and Expropriations Fund, the increase is due to museum renovations and the opening of...
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

ITEP Releases Latest Tourism Data

Although the Institute for Tourism Research has yet to receive clearance from the tourism ministry to take over as the official source of tourism arrival data and the like, as promised by the ministry, it came out last month with arrival statistics. With available data for the...
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

ICAP Study Foresees 8% Revenue Increase for Hotels

Five-star and 4-star Greek hotels will close 2005 with an 8% increase in sales, when compared with the year before, according to a recent ICAP study. The reason cited for the increase quite simply is the recovery of tourism movement to Greece during the past year.
Posted On 01 Jan 2006

Beijing Travel Show Cites Tourism Explosion

China is becoming the world's largest outbound market with departures of 28.5 million in 2004 and an increase of 9.6%, taking the number up to 15 million, for the first half of 2005. Tourism bodies are keenly monitoring the Chinese outbound market, which is estimated to explode...
Posted On 01 Dec 2005

Greek Hotels Least Developed in Branding

Although among the world's best, Greece's hotels are not aware of the benefits of brand names, according to a recent study. The 2005 Greek Hotel Branding Report, which is the first of its kind for the Greek tourism market, explores the extent of branding among Greek hotels and...
Posted On 01 Dec 2005

European Online Travel Buyers Differ in Approach

Many e-commerce vendors learned the hard way in recent years that you can't take a uniform approach to selling in international markets, and a new PhoCusWright study on the online travel market in the U.K., Germany and France brings home that theme.
Posted On 01 Nov 2005

International Tourism on Track for Another Strong Year

An estimated 460 million international tourist arrivals were recorded worldwide in the first seven months of 2005. This represents an increase of some 25 million arrivals compared with the respective period of 2004, or 5.9% growth, according to the preliminary data gathered for...
Posted On 01 Nov 2005

Greece Top Preference for U.S. Travelers

Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, busy promoting Greece abroad, last month visited the United States once again where this time instead of movie makers he was on hand to receive an award from the country's biggest travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, whose readers chose...
Posted On 01 Nov 2005

Tourists Spend Most on Food and Drink

The Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP) last month released figures that offer an insight into how the 14 million tourists expected to visit the country this year might spend their money during their stay.
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

A Good Year, But Next Year Even Better

The strong rise in the number of foreign visitors this year should not cause officials to relax their efforts to solve the problems of the tourism industry, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises said last month.
Posted On 01 Oct 2005

Double-digit Increase in Tourism Arrivals

Both private and public sector tourism leaders predict that final tourism arrival figures for this year would show a double-digit increase over last year.
Posted On 01 Oct 2005