Greece is not experiencing problems with payments from foreign tour operators, the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said in an announcement on Wednesday, responding to the Greek media that reported otherwise.
"The reality is that tourists are not facing any problems in Greece" and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) has advised its members to pass this information on to their partners and customers in Greece and abroad.
Greece may be a leading choice among TUI’s clients but the international tour operator stressed that stability and modern infrastructure must be in place if Greece wants to experience growth in the tourism sector.
European tour operators and travel agents have called on the negotiating parties for the Greek bailout program to make a decision, without further delay, on the future VAT rates for tourism services in Greece.
Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and related activities in Greece recorded a major increase in turnover during the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Ryanair announced that its low fares are now available to Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations across Europe via the Sabre global distribution system (GDS), following its agreement with Sabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry.
The Lufthansa Group airlines announced on Tuesday that as of September 1 it will include a 16-euro surcharge - the Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) - for every ticket issued by a booking channel using GDS for flights with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss.