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Greek Tourism Up Against “Cold” Winter

Foreign arrivals at Greek airports fell nine percent year-on-year in August while the number of foreign visitors in Greece dropped 8.5 percent in the first eight months of the year, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasts (ITEP) recently said. The institute sees airport...

Tax Cheats Uncovered In Greek Tourism Sector

Many Greek tourism businesses were found guilty of tax cheating, according to the Finance Ministry's special inspections service YPEE.

Conference To Focus On Economic Crisis At Philoxenia

Professionals of the travel industry are getting ready for their "annual appointment" in Thessaloniki to meet up at the 25th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia at the end of this month.

Evia’s Ports Scheduled To Be Upgraded

The 18.3-million euro upgrade projects of the port facilities of the Evia prefecture would have a very positive impact on transport, trade and tourism, the secretary general of Central Greece's prefecture, Pantelis Sklias, said recently.

Greece Tops Ship Purchases List

Greek shipowners have invested more than $2.3 billion for the purchase of 118 ships for the January-August 2009 period and are considered the biggest spenders on ships in the world, according to data released by Allied Shipbroking firm.

Athens Not So Expensive After All

Athens may not be among the most expensive cities in the world but it is a middle-ranking one, according to the recent study "Prices and Earnings-2009 edition" published by Swiss banking group UBS. The study compared the purchasing power of citizens in 73 cities around the globe.

Hotels In Athens Get Some Space

The Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association announced last month that it has finally succeeded to obtain free space in front of the city's hotels to facilitate the comfortable entrance and exit of tourists to and from taxis, buses, coaches and cars.

Grevena Enters Guinness Book Of Records

The Guinness Book of Records last month officially entered two fossil mastodon tusks found in Milia, Grevena at 5.02 metres in length and dating back three million years as the largest ever found.

Tourism Museum To Open

The new tourism museum would add to tourism’s connection with culture and contribute to the awareness of tourism students, tourism business executives and tour operators, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos recently said after the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation for the...

GNTO Doubles Inspections To Tourism Firms

Inspections to tourism enterprises throughout Greece more than doubled this year by Greek National Tourism Organization representatives the Tourism Ministry said last month.

Greek Tourism Services Cause Complaints

Consumer complaints in regards to tourism services amounted to 230 reports from 1 July-15 August compared to 184 complaints filed last year for the same period, the Consumers' Protection Center (KEPKA) said last month.

New Era Of Olympic Begins: Olympic Air

“Greece is high above,” was the slogan of Olympic Air's press conference held last month in regards to the launch of operations of the new and privatized Olympic that replaces the loss-making state carrier Olympic Airlines.

PM Chairs Meeting On Tourism

The results of the 2009 tourism season were higher than expected, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos said after having attended a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis with representatives of the tourism sector on 1 September.

Elections Expected To Hurt Athens’ Tourism

Any election period and political instability in general is negative for tourism, which in the center of Athens is up against a decrease of 20 percent or more in revenues, the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, Yiannis Retsos, recently told the Greek press.

Domestic Tourism Shows Losses

Overnight stays of Greeks at various destinations in the country reported significant reductions, which in some cases reached over 20 percent, the Research Institute for Tourism and Forecasting (ITEP) and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said recently. ITEP said that hotel revenue...

Greek Ports Report Summer Traffic Drop

Greek shipping recorded a small drop in passenger and freight traffic during the summer period when compared with the same period in 2008, the Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy recently said.

Greek Tourists Opt For Turkey

Turkey has emerged as one of the most popular tourism destinations abroad for Greeks, according to tourist arrival figures recently released by Turkey's statistical office.

Investors Invited To Bid For New Airport On Crete

The Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works recently announced a tender for the construction and management of a one-billion-euro new airport on Crete in the Kastelli area. The new airport is scheduled to replace the existing Nikos Kazantzakis Airport at Heraklio.

IATA: Uncertainty Prevails In Airline Industry

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last month released the international scheduled IATA, which showed a passenger demand decline of 2.9 percent compared with the same month in 2008 while freight demand was down 11.3 percent. The international passenger load...

Thessaloniki Displays Poor Transport System

Thessaloniki presents a significant setback in air transport and shipping, according to a research study conducted recently by the Professional Chamber of Thessaloniki.