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World Tourism Continues to Grow

Worldwide tourism results for 2005 show a continuation of the overall positive trend of 2004, with international tourist arrivals growing on average by eight per cent in the first four months, according to the recently released June edition of the WTO World Tourism Barometer.

Peak Summer Arrivals Increase Substantially

The number of tourists that entered Greece during the month of August mark an impressive rise against the last few years. This year's peak travel period was so strong that a good number of hotels around the country were unable to absorb the demand.

Hoteliers Calls for Metropolitan Conference Center

Georgios Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association, opened the association's annual general assembly last month with words of praise for the cooperation and work being done by the country's tourism ministry, but he urged the ministry to move faster in implementing...

A New Era Opens for Philoxenia Travel Fair

With new ideas, new management and a strong 2004 participation to work with, the organizers of Philoxenia say the Greek travel fair has entered a new era. Last year, the fair welcomed 10% more general visitors and saw a 140% increase in foreign commercial visitors when compared...

Olympic Games Study Shows Athens 2004 a Champion

Every city to have hosted the modern Olympic Games inherited improvements in infrastruc-ture, Olympic installations, facelifts, tourism promotion and a better environment through greater green spaces, says a survey by the international consultancy company Jones LangLalle.

Marketing Through Events Becoming Even More Popular

Ninety-six percent of corporate marketing executives utilize events in their marketing mix and 93% view the importance of event marketing to be constant or increasing, according to EventView '05/'06, the fourth annual study of face-to-face marketing trends sponsored by The George...

Online Shoppers Buy Direct

Four in 10 online travel shoppers have shopped an online travel agency site, but ultimately purchased direct from a supplier, according to a new report published by PhoCusWright Inc. This behavior is more pronounced for air than any other segment. Findings from the newly released...

ITEP Urges Greece to Open Info Offices in Russia

Because Russians are just now emerging as serious tourists, and because Greece could attract them with the right strategy, the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts urges the government here to open information centers and meeting points for tourists in several major...

National Bank Sees Tourism Arrival Increase

Tourists visiting Greece will increase by 7.5 percent in 2005, exceeding 13.5 million this year and 14 million in 2006, according to a National Bank of Greece (NBG) report released last month.

Email Tourism Promotion Major Trend

The travel industry continues its move to increased online marketing, as twice as many companies as last year plan to spend 20 percent more of their marketing budget online, according to a new survey by New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports...

Arrivals Up, Overnights Down

Arrivals in Athens may have increased in the first quarter of 2005, according to Athens International Airport data, but the Attica Hoteliers' Association released data last month that show hotel occupancy rates down by an average 4.4 percent against the same quarter of last year.

Some Business Travelers Return to Travel Agents

As business travel continues a slow rebound, travel agents appear to be picking up a bigger slice of the business, according to the 2005 National Business Travel Monitor.

Research Institute Foresees Tourism Arrival Increases

Tourism arrivals in Greece are set to rise by 5 to 7 percent this year, according to estimates by the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts. In its latest "Economy and Tourism" report, ITEP predicts that in 2005 foreign tourist arrivals will rise by 5 to 6 percent over last year.

Greece Possible Venue for Next Year’s WTTC Summit

The World Travel & Tourism Council released its 2005 travel and tourism forecasts for 174 countries and the world and an assessment of the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on the industry at the recent 5th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in New Delhi, India. It also...

Greek Tourism Revenue Data from Brussels

Greek tourism recorded a net revenue gain of 7.4 billion euros in 2003, according to the official Eurostat data published last month in Brussels. The revenue from tourists who visited Greece came to 9.6 billion euros in 2003, while Greek tourists spent around 2.2 billion euros...

Capital’s Hotels Struggle to Break Even

There is something really wrong in Athens. The country's capital has been on the positive side of world news for months now, and almost everyone you talk to abroad say they want to visit the city, yet latest reports reveal that Athens hotel occupancy rates continue to fall to...

Millions of Visitors from China Expected

If the right policies are followed, Greece can expect a large number of tourists from China in the coming years, when that country is projected to become the world's biggest tourism market, according to a study by the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts.

Domestic Travelers Complain of Unfair Treatment

The average Greek will take two weeks' holiday this summer, most during the month of August, at a total cost of about 1,300 euros, according to an annual tourism survey released last month.

European Travel Trends Released by IPK International

Again this year, IPK International released its Global Travel Trends study during Berlin's tourism fair International Travel Bourse. The study found that Europeans continue their strong preference for sun and sea holidays.

More Business Travel This Year

Business travel is on the rise, according to recent research analyses. American Express, for example, predicts that overall travel costs for corporations will increase by around 3% this year, as business travel continues to recover and travel demand increases. It says that...