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Τον Δεκέμβριο του 1982, πριν τη εφαρμογή του Φ.Κ.Ε. (από 1.1.1983), οι αεροπορικές εταιρίες επιμένανε και υπήρχε διάχυτη η εντύπωση τόσο στο προεδρείο του ΗΑΤΤΑ όσο και σε όλο τον κλάδο ότι ο εν λόγο έμμεσος φόρος (10% στις προμήθειες των εισιτηρίων) προοριζ...

Higher Euro Equals Lower Tourism Arrivals

With the recent rally in the euro, which has pushed the currency close to historic highs against the dollar, professionals in the tourism sector begin to doubt expectations expressed by officials for a substantial increase in tourism arrivals this year. They say the rising euro...

Louis Hellenic Cruises Inaugurates Latest Ship

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises inaugurated the "Sea Diamond," the latest cruise ship to join its fleet, with blessing of the ship followed with speeches by the Ministers of Tourism Develop and Merchant Marine, among others. The ceremony ended with the raising of the Greek...

Millions Budgeted for Religious Tourism

The first interregional plan for the development of religious tourism has been approved. It forms part of the EU's Interreg III B program, implemented by Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Malta. The body responsible for the program here is the Greek National Tourism Organization, in...

Attica Hotel Occupancy Up While Room Rates Down

Attica hotel occupancy has increased 5 percent during the first quarter of this year as compared with last year said Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA) at last month's general assembly meeting. However, Mr. Tsakiris continued, room rates remain...

Tourism Services Need Upgrading Finds Kappa Study

The Panorama fair's organizer, the Kalofolias group, released results of its annual survey on domestic tourism at the fair's inauguration ceremony. According to the survey, holidays and travel remain significant priorities for Greeks. The majority (52.7 percent) spend more than...

Ferry Ticket Prices Liberalized

Legislation to liberalize ferry ticket prices for third class fares and vehicles was signed by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and includes ferries departing from the ports of Pireaus, Rafina, Lavrio, Kimi, to and from Elefsina, and from Patra to Kerkyra.

Neorion Holdings May Construct New Ships for EasyCruise

EasyGroup, the holding company of Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, signed a letter of intent with the Greek shipyard, Neorion Holdings, for the construction of as many as four cruise ships for use by its low-cost cruise business easyCruise. The new 500-passenger cruise...

Panorama Welcomed Consumers

Although this year's Panorama welcomed a barrage of new visitors, the number of tourism professionals to the fair appeared minimal when compared with past years. Most said the venue, Expo Athens, Anthoussa, was too far away for them.

New Business Model Essential for Tourism

At the Association for Greek Tourist Enterprises’ assembly meeting last month, its president, Stavros Andreadis, pointed out that the ministry of tourism development's role is not as clear as it could be to the public sector in general, and although "coordinated efforts are...

New Legislation to Encourage Tourism Investment

Government intends to introduce new legislation shortly that aims to cut huge chunks out of the country's thick bureaucratic approvals process, said Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia last month during her first press call since her appointment in February. She said the new...

Tourism Develops on Southern Kefalinia

Neatly dressed in a double-breasted blue suit, a Greek fisherman's cap firmly set over his white hair, Theodoros Exadaktilos recounts the summer of 1963 when he brought the first tourists to Kefalinia, the largest Ionian island.