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TUI: Bookings to Greece See Improvement in Recent Weeks

TUI, the parent company of travel agents Thomson and First Choice Travel, said on Thursday that bookings to Greece have been recovering in recent weeks.

DRV: German Travelers Still Booking Greece

Planned holidays, new destinations, demand for alternative travel and overall bookings through travel agents to Greece, are still high, according to a recent DRV (Deutscher ReiseVerband) report of market trends.

Travel Agency Body Fed HATTA Seeks Solutions to Liquidity Issues

Capital controls implemented in Greece, in the last month as well as the resulting lack of liquidity have led to a delay in the payment of insurance contributions by local travel agencies.

ECTAA Files Formal Complaint Against Lufthansa AG on 16-euro GDS Charge

The Group of national travel agents' and tour operators' associations within the EU (ECTAA) on Friday filed a formal complaint with the EU Commission - Directorate General for Mobility & Transport against Lufthansa Group concerning the announced new Distribution Cost Charge (DCC).

Travelplanet24 Sees Bookings to Greece Pick Up

Air and ferry bookings to Greece for the months of July and August are gradually recovering, according to data released on Thursday by Greek online ticket agent Travelplanet24.

Global Travel Group Reports 40% Rise in Bookings to Greece

The Global Travel Group has revealed that bookings to Greece are 40 percent up compared to the same time last year and are showing no signs of slowing down.

ABTA: VAT Hikes in Greece Should Not Affect Majority of Holidays This Summer

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) on Tuesday informed British holidaymakers and travellers heading out to Greece that the increases of the country's value added tax (VAT) rates are not expected to affect the majority of holidays this summer.

Airlines Reinstate the BSP Ticketing Authority for Greek Travel Agents

International airlines are reinstating the BSP ticketing authority for all travel agents in Greece.

ETOA: ‘Should People Still Make Reservations to Greece? Yes.’

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) said on Friday that it has no reports of any vacation being affected by the current situation in Greece.

Which Airlines Did Not Get ‘Scared Off’ By the Financial Situation in Greece?

While a large number of international airlines decided this week to temporarily withdraw the BSP ticketing authority for all travel agents in Greece, due to the financial situation in the country, others opted to give a vote of confidence to the country and stood by their Greek...

Gold Star Aviation Applauds the Int’l Airlines that Continue to Support Greek Travel Agents

Gold Star Aviation, a general sales agent (GSA) that represents a number of airlines in Greece, has applauded its international partners who are standing by Greek travel agents during this difficult time for the country.

Why Greek Ticket Agent Travelplanet24 – airtickets.gr Almost Went Offline

Greek online ticket agent Travelplanet24 – airtickets.gr intended to go offline recently due to the capital controls imposed on Greek banks in the run-up to the June 5 referendum.

Germany’s FTI Touristik Says Bookings to Greece Steady

Bookings to Greece remain steady, on the par with 2014, which was an excellent year for tourism, the head of German travel company FTI Touristik said during a Munich presentation last week of its winter program.

Qatar Airways Allows Ticket Selling to Greek Travel Agents

Qatar Airways announced on Thursday that it has gradually started to reinstate the BSP ticketing authority for Greek travel agents.

Greek Travel Agents See More Airlines Reacting to Country’s Financial Situation

More international airlines are reacting to the political instability and financial situation in Greece.

Turkish Airlines Still Issues Tickets Through Athens, Thessaloniki Offices

Turkish Airlines said that it is continuing to issue tickets from its central offices in Athens and Thessaloniki, despite having been forced due to the current economic situation in Greece, to temporarily withdraw BSP ticketing authority for all Greek travel agents.

TUI Group Says Greek Tourism Still Strong, Sees More Bookings in 2015

TUI Group said that Greek tourism is still strong and called on sector authorities and government officials to focus on maintaining the momentum and tapping into the needs of visitors to the country.

Thomas Cook: Tourists are Enjoying Holidays ‘Without Disruption’ in Greece

British tour operator Thomas Cook said on Monday that its feedback from its team and returning holidaymakers on Greece has been that it is business as usual in the Greek resorts, with customers continuing to enjoy their holidays without disruption.

Lufthansa Temporarily Changes Payment Method for Greek Travel Agents

As of Wednesday, July 8, Greek travel agents will be required to only use credit cards when making payments in the BSP to Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines.

DRV: German Tourists Not Changing Travel Plans to Greece

German tourists are still opting for Greece, the German Travel Association (DRV) said in an announcement on Monday.