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Kalymnos… An Ideal Destination For All

Every Greek island has a special characteristic that works as an individual holiday attraction. What really makes a destination special is when that certain characteristic gains worldwide status… Kalymnos is considered one of the best destinations worldwide for rock climbing....

London Experiences Greek Sun & Sea

The British are invited to visit Greece and become acquainted with the country’s natural beauties, historical monuments, entertainment and modern infrastructure in a secure environment for visitors, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said at the opening of the...

Stylish Stay Offered By Myrties Boutique Apartments

“The boutique apartments are designed to combine aesthetics with quality and services do not fall below those offered by hotels in the city,” Maria Sarafoglou, manager of the Myrties Boutique Apartments on Kalymnos Island, recently said.

HATTA Announces New Board Of Directors

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) announced last month its new Board of Directors following the resignation of Argyro Fili from the association’s presidency due to personal reasons.

Qatar Airways Among Top Three At Skytrax Awards

“To be considered among the top three airlines in the world is a huge achievement for Qatar Airways and takes us a step closer of being recognized at the best airline in the world,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.

Chalkidiki Tourism Agency Opens New Offices

The aim of the Tourism Promotion and Marketing Agency of the Chalkidiki Prefecture’s new office is to become the “headquarters” for the conquest of the Athenian market, Chalkidiki prefect and president of the agency, Asterios Zografos, said.

American Tourists Opt For Greece

The negative climate on the attraction of tourists from the United States, following the tragic events that occurred in May with the death of four Greeks, seems to have reversed, the head of the Greek National Tourism Organization in the U.S. Chrysanthos Petsilas said last month.

SETE’s Facts And Figures On Greek Tourism

“Our statistical data on Greek tourism clearly shows that the country’s tourism is entering a new state of recession of unknown duration,” General Manager of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) George Drakopoulos said.

Tourists Skip Thessaloniki

A special promotional TV spot will be released for Northern Greece very soon, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis said last month.

Acropolis Barricaded Again

The Acropolis was once again used as a bargaining tool last month when employees of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism kept the site closed for four hours as a symbolic protest against the ministry’s failure to pay some of their colleagues.

Goldtrail Travel Company Collapses

British travel company Goldtrail, which specializes in holidays to Greece and Turkey, collapsed financially last month, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad and many more forced to change their holiday plans.

Riots And Volcanic Ash Hurt Tourism, ATEM

The April and May incidents in Athens reduced initial encouraging expectations for Greek tourism, according to the six-month analysis of Greek tourism activities, released by research group Academy of Tourism Research and Studies (ATEM).

Greek Tourist Compensation Scheme Causes Reactions

The deputy minister’s recent statements in Germany that Greece will compensate tourists for delays that are the result of strikes does not honor the country, according to Fedon Kotsampopoulos, spokesman for the German-Greek Business Association (DHW).

All-Inclusive Services Proposal Angers Hoteliers

“My proposal was not to ban all-inclusive services at hotels but to reward investors of new hotels with extra government subsidies if they choose not to offer such services,” according to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis.

Tourism Professionals Fear VAT Hike Rumors

“Any decision that affects the viability and prospects of Greek tourism with low benefits is economic suicide, not fiscal policy,” the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

Hotelier Federation Warns Of Tourism Revenue Slide

“The current tourism leadership, just like the previous one, has managed to devalue the country's tourism product by some 15 percent, causing tourism’s contribution to Greece’s GDP to shrink from 18 percent in 2008 to 15 percent this year,” according to President of the Hellenic...

Tourists Have Second Thoughts On Visiting Athens

The revenue of Athens-Attica hotels (3-, 4-, and 5-star) fell by 3.6 percent from last year’s January-June period as a result of a 1.2 percent drop in the average hotel occupancy rate and 2.4 percent drop in the average price per room, according to the latest study of GBR...

Cabotage Draft Law Causes Friction

The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.

Προορισμός: Αθήνα

Τους τελευταίους μήνες η πόλη της Αθήνας έχει δεχτεί αρκετά πλήγματα ως τουριστικός προορισμός. Οι απεργίες, οι διαδηλώσεις και ο φόβος επεισοδίων, ο αποκλεισμός του λιμανιού του Πειραιά, της Ακρόπολης και ξενοδοχείων, δημιούρ­γησαν αρνητική δημοσιότητα. Σίγουρα θα είνα...