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Repair Works on Acropolis Lightning Conductor Underway

Repair works on the lightning conductor system of the Acropolis in Athens, will begin immediately in the aftermath of a lightning accident last week.

Popular Destinations Claim Bulk of Orthodox Easter Pre-bookings

Greek Orthodox Easter tourist traffic is concentrated in popular destinations with lesser-known mainland locations still struggling to see figures rise.

Transport, Exports Offset Greece’s Current Account Deficit in February

Greece’s current account deficit in February came to 990 million euros, down by 407 million euros year-on-year, according to the country's central bank.

Emergency State in Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday Attack Leaves at least 290 Dead

Sri Lanka will be put in a state of emergency as of midnight, after a series of attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, left at least 290 people dead and 500 injured.

Athens Q1 2019 Hotel Performance on the Downside

Athens hotel occupancy rates dropped by 6.8 percent in the first quarter of the year, with RevPAR down by 6.8 percent, according to the Athens - Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association.

IOBE: Risk of Economic Slowdown in Greece for 2019

If Greece fails to free up productive forces through structural reforms, there will be a quick return to recession, according to the IOBE think tank.

‘EU-China Tourism Year’ Initiative Brings Chinese Travelers to Europe

All the more Chinese travelers are putting European destinations at the top of their travel agendas for 2019, following the EU-China Tourism Year 2018 initiative.

Attica Region Invites Arab Travelers to Greece  

Attica Tourism Directorate representatives visited Qatar to present the region’s luxury tourism options, aiming to attract higher spending travelers.

Thessaloniki Wins Points in 2018 Visitor Satisfaction

Visitors to Thessaloniki are giving the northern port city a thumbs up, awarding it a score of 8.2, with 95 percent saying they would return, a survey says.

Greek Railway Operator Aims to Reinstate Obsolete Tracks and Trains for Tourism

TrainOSE has announced plans to create new tourist-interest routes by reinstating old train lines through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Greek Culture Minister Says Return of Parthenon Marbles the Only Option

"The return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece is a one-way street,” Greek Culture Minister Myrsini Zorba said during a workshop held in Athens.

Ellinair Announces New Greek Island Routes and Interline Agreement with Aeroflot

Ellinair has announced flights from Athens to Mykonos, Chania and Corfu for summer 2019 and the launch of an interline agreement with Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

More Suburban Railway Stops Added to Peloponnese Line

Suburban railway services to the coastal town of Aigio in the Peloponnese, are set to start in August, and be extended to Loutraki.

Greece Airport Traffic Up by 9% in Q1 2019

Passenger traffic through Greece’s airports increased by 9 percent in the first three months of the year, according to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

Heraklion Home-porting Boosts Cruise Passenger Traffic by 39%

Thanks to increasing home-porting actions, the Cretan town of Heraklion marked a 39 percent rise in cruise traveler numbers in 2018 against 2017.

Home Sharing Breathes Life into Underdeveloped Athens Neighborhoods

The growing Airbnb phenomenon in Greece is now penetrating underdeveloped neighborhoods in Athens, breathing life and creating new conditions of safety and business activity.

Aktor Concessions SA Preferred Bidder for 40-year Alimos Marina Deal

Greek company Aktor Concessions SA has been selected as the preferred bidder for the right to manage the Alimos Marina in southern Athens.

Thessaloniki Hoteliers Seeking to Increase Visitor Numbers and Spending

Hoteliers in Thessaloniki are expressing concern over the number of visitors and tourism-related revenue, which in 2018 came to 420 million euros.

Greek Gov’t Considers Allowing Municipality Say-so in Airbnb Policies

The Greek government is considering handing over responsibility of short-term home sharing policies to local authorities.

Cyprus Airways Celebrates First Year in Athens and 77,000 Passengers

Cyprus Airways celebrated the one-year anniversary of its route from Athens to Larnaca, which flew some 77,000 passengers between the two cities.