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Difficult Times for Tourism and Maritime Sector

Andreas Andreadis, chairman of the of the Hellenic Hotels Federation, recently informed the Business & Travel show on “sbc” that a drop in arrivals is expected for 2009 as the tourism sector will be up against a difficult period until 2010, when the market will pick up its pace.

Mr. Andreadis said that considering the fact that the Russian and Bulgarian markets represent a small share and cannot “save” Greek tourism, the recovery of the hotel industry depends directly on the traditional markets of the UK and Germany, which (used to) represent 40 percent of total tourist traffic. The chairman also stressed that the federation opposes the funding of new hotel units in overcrowded regions as they offer the market nothing but distortion.

Savvas Athanasiou, a maritime journalist, appeared on the same broadcast and informed viewers that in regards to the coastal shipping industry, only 30 percent of the fleet currently consists of newly-built high-speed ships while prices are rising.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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