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SETE Gives 2008 Overview

The president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Nikos Angelopoulos, recently called for urgent measures to support and strengthen the tourism sector in order to minimize the losses that are expected in 2009.

Yachting in for a Rough Ride This Year

Early bookings for marine tourism this season reported an 80 percent drop compared with 2007, and due to the global economic crisis it is unknown what to expect for 2009, the president of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owner Association, Antonis Stelliatos, told Greek press recently.

Airlines Warned Over Passenger Reimbursement

The EU's Court of Justice recently ruled that airlines must compensate passengers if they cancel a flight for technical reasons, unless the blame is due to "extraordinary" events.

Cabinet Reshuffle Changes Tourism Minister

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis recently proceeded with a government reshuffle whereas the up until now tourism minister, Aris Spiliotopoulos (now education minister), was replaced by New Democracy Member of Parliament for Evia, Kostas Markopoulos.

Prime Minister Announces Tourism Measures

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in late December announced 14 measures to support the Greek tourism industry.

KEDKE Reacts to Sojourn Tax Reduction

The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) recently gave a negative response in regards to the sojourn tax reduction from two percent to 0.5 percent.

Hoteliers Worried about Contract Revisions

Hoteliers on Crete recently expressed their surprise that major tour operators want to revise the 2009 holiday contracts and demand price reductions.

Crisis Management Committee Has First Meeting

The Crisis Management Committee, set up last summer by former Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, had its first meeting during December's outbreak of violence after the fatal police shooting of a Greek teenager.

Foreign Arrivals for 2009 Predicted to Fall

A Eurobank survey predicts a significant slowdown in arrivals of tourists from abroad to Greece in 2009.

Shipping Becomes Priority for Piraeus Mayor

Mayor of Piraeus Panagiotis Fasoulas recently proposed the organization of an annual event, on the level of the International Exhibition of Thessaloniki, to support shipping.

ABTA Says Greece Not Only “Sea and Sun”

Tour operators have improved holiday offers to Greece and promote a wide variety of packages such as adventure travel, spa, island tours, city breaks and wedding packages to show that there is much more to Greece than just beaches, according to this year's "2009 Travel Trends...

Travelers Complaints Increase in 2008

The Civil Aviation Authority saw an 18 percent increase in traveler complaints in 2008 against airlines that violated EU rules on passenger rights.

IATA Projects Loss for Airline Industry in 2009

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its forecast for 2009. It expects an industry loss of 2.5 billion dollars. All regions, except the U.S., are expected to report larger losses in 2009 than in 2008.

New Agritourism Electronic Gateway

The non-profit enterprise Agroxenia recently presented its new electronic gateway for agritourism travel routes.

Rodopi Mountains Unexploited

Many cross-border cultural resources in the Rodopi Mountains that remain unexploited to date could lead to numerous positive results in the fields of economy and tourism, according to a recent study by the Regional Department of Thrace of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Eastern Macedonia-Thrace for Alternative Tourism

For many years Greece has promoted the classical form of tourism, the so-called “sun and sea,” but alternative forms of tourist interest should be considered as well for areas that visitors may prefer besides the islands, said the secretary general of the Region of Eastern...

Greek Hospitality Market Analyzed

Greece cannot compete on a price basis with new destinations under its current hospitality cost structure but the country has the necessary element to reinvent itself, reshape its product, and market itself efficiently in order to maintain the positive publicity and the momentum...

HAPCO to Present Conference Tourism Strategies

Renowned Greek and international professionals of conference tourism are expected to honor the "5th Pan-Hellenic Conference for Business and Conference Tourism" organized by the Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers (HAPCO).

Egnatia Odos Links Northern Greece

A program contract was signed recently in Xanthi for the tourism development of the Egnatia Odos motorway and approved by 11 prefectural councils of Thrace, Macedonia and Epirus.

Agritourism Gains Ground

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said recently that the new agritourism company "Agrotima SA" is the corporate section of the promotion and implementation of the tourism ministry's policies on issues of specific forms of rural tourism and mild recreational activities.