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Major Increase in Tourism Complaints

The Consumer Protection Center recently released consumer complaints -n regards to tourism services and establishments- recorded from 1 July to 15 August and called on to the ministries to finally deal with the situation.

According to the center, out of the 184 consumer complaints received, the majority of them (76 issues) were related to accommodation issues and hotel services.

Complaints to the center, in regards to hotel services, included inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene conditions, neglected facilities, excessive noise, etc.

Tourists are enthused with Greece's archaeological sites, however, according to local consumer associations they also file a plethora of complaints in regards to tourism services.

Tourists are enthused with Greece’s archaeological sites, however, according to local consumer associations they also file a plethora of complaints in regards to tourism services.

The next category of consumer complaints was air travel. Among the fifty instances recorded were long delays of flight departures; and flight delays that caused passengers to miss their connecting flight to a destination.

The third category of complaints highlighted the dissatisfaction of consumers in regards to package holidays, as 20 occurrences were filed.

Complaints in regards to shipping were also included. The center revealed at least 20 complaints in regards to long delays in ship departures; And the denial of the company to repay the cost of the ticket to passengers that made early cancellations.

The remaining 18 cases involved complaints of excessive pricing (salads, beach chairs, etc.) and the imposition of cover charges. Consumers also asked various questions in regards to their rights against tourism establishments.

Meanwhile, the office for the protection of tourists of the Consumer Institute also announced a substantial amount of complaints made by tourists who visited Greece during the 1 January-18 August period.

At least 9,000 complaints were filed by tourists to the institute – an amount that shows a 35 percent increase when compared with 2007.

The complaints were related to “strange” price charges both for products and services, such as hotels and rooms-to-let, and catering services in restaurants and taverns.

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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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