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Summer holidays continue at Astir Beach

Astir Beach is offering discounts on its entrance price from 10 September until 30 September 2012. From Monday to Friday, the entrance fee will be 10 euros (instead of 15 euros – a 33% reduction). On the weekend, the entrance fee to Astir Beach is 15 euros (from 25 euros...

Greece among most popular Gay Tourism hotspots for 2013

“Talk of the Eurozone crisis has not deterred LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) travelers who have pushed Greece up the rankings to appear in the top ten most desired gay destinations globally,” according to Out Now Business Class (www.OutNowBusinessClass.com), the...

PM Skips Tourism At 77th TIF, Professionals Not Worried

The word “tourism” was not on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ agenda at this year's Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) held at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center, 8-16 September.

Greece And Germany Team Up On A Local Level

Greek-German cooperation in the fields of tourism and local government were discussed on Wednesday 5 September among Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Germany’s federal deputy labor minister.

Thessaloniki Strengthens Ties With Turkey

The Thessaloniki Tourism Organization traveled to Ankara, Turkey, recently to promote the Greek Northern city to the Turkish market.

SETE Launches Campaign To Fund Gastronomy Tourism

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) on Wednesday 5 September announced the launch of a fundraising campaign to promote gastronomy tourism to enrich the country’s portfolio in tourism services and products.

Russia Deemed Among Prospective Source Markets For Greece

Greece seems to be focusing more and more on attracting Russian tourists and prospects are positive since arrivals from Russia are expected to exceed one million this year as it was announced at the Greek-Russian tourism forum “Chartering the Future” held 3-4 September on Crete....

Greece Remains Lowest-Ranked E.U. Country In Competitiveness

Greece this year dropped another six places in the rankings of 144 countries from 90th place to 96th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013, released by the World Economic Forum last month.

ANEK LINES Honored By Church

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday, 1 September, honored ANEK LINES CEO Yiannis Vardinoyannis for the company’s years of support to the Monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon (Akrotiri Peninsula, Chania, Crete).

ACB Launches New Promo Video Of Greek Capital

The first promotional video that showcases the conference tourism product of Athens was launched recently by the Athens Convention Bureau (ACB) and the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency.

Athens Tourism Profile To Be Upgraded

“Our goal is to establish Athens as a final destination instead of a stopover destination through the expansion of its tourism product and for the average spending per visitor to increase,” the chairman of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, Yiorgos...

HATTA On Museum And Archaeological Site Setbacks

“As always, HATTA will assist in the effort to improve the (country’s) tourism product and for the qualitative improvement of tourism services, especially in the sensitive field of culture,” the president of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA), Yiorgos...

GEPOET Discusses Tourism Issues With Transport Minister

A bill that will regulate the legal details in regards to the pending liberalization of land passenger transport will be tabled in parliament in April 2013 by the Transport Ministry, the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) said. By 2015 the market...

VAT Cut For Restaurants Not Possible This Year

“The VAT rate on food catering services will not be reduced this year even though it was it was a commitment of the government,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said last month. The VAT cut on food catering services was one of the government’s pre-election promises.

Hoteliers Slam Illegal Accommodation In Northern Greece

“These bogus apartments-to-let have not decreased and even more have opened and are even advertised via the most known and reliable tourism sites as establishments that provide high quality services at competitive prices,” the Thessaloniki Hoteliers Association said last month in...

Tourism Minister Targets UK Market

Jointly funded campaigns in the UK media between British tour operators and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) to promote Greek tourism and attract last-minute bookings are underway, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni told the UK media in late July during her first...

Greek Hoteliers Wait To Be Paid By Libyan Government

Several hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki are near a financial crunch as the unpaid bills for the hosting of Libyan rebel fighters are now near some 30 million euros, the Greek press said last month.

Hotel Chamber Re-Submits Proposal For Social Tourism Programs

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels last month re-submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security to reform and take on the subsidized social tourism holiday programs of the abolished Workers’ Welfare Organization (OEE).

Domestic Tourism Leaves Unclear Picture In August

Special offers at Greek destinations and discounts on hotel prices did the trick during the peak August holiday season as Greek holidaymakers did in fact travel domestically although in obviously lesser numbers compared to last year, press reports said last month.

Greece Lags Behind Competitors During First Half Of The Year

Greek tourism was not at its best in the first half of the year compared to competing countries such as Turkey, Cyprus and Spain, the Greek press said last month. This was mainly due to negative publicity abroad during the two election periods.