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SETE Awaits Progress Of Ministers On Tourism Issues

Recent data showed that incoming tourism to Greece increased last year (10 percent increase in arrivals and revenue) but nothing guarantees that the same will happen in 2012, the general director of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), George Drakopoulos, said at...

SETE Releases “Must Do” List For Tourism-Related Ministers

President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, appeared quite outspoken last month and received a round of applause from the audience on the first day of HAPCO's 7th Pan-Hellenic Conference, held at Aegli Zappeion in Athens on 8 December 2011.

Last-Minute Bookings Boost Incoming Tourism To Greece

“Greece is back in business… There is great value for money, holiday prices are competitive and we still offer very good quality,” Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni recently told the foreign media. And it would seem that the tourism minister is right since the picture of Greek...

Greece Gets New Leader, Coalition Government Formed

Former vice president of the European Central Bank, Lucas Papademos, was designated Greece’s new interim Prime Minister on 10 November in a new coalition government composed by the PASOK, New Democracy and LAOS political parties.

WTM Report Bashes Governments’ Indifference To Tourism

“The world’s governments should do more to support travel and tourism,” World Travel Market’s Chairman Fiona Jeffery told the industry during her opening speech at the tourism fair at ExCel in London, UK, held this year 7-10 November.

Limited Participation At This Year’s Philoxenia

The Greek tourism sector may have been somewhat reluctant in participating in the 27th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition due to the country's financial crisis but according to Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis, 2011 could be easily labeled as...

Andreas Andreadis

At present, tourism is the main pillar of economic development and the creation of job positions. Especially in recent years, there is an apparent shift in public opinion on the recognition of tourism’s importance, mainly because it was understood that by 2020 it could offer the...

Record Foreign Arrivals Expected In Greece This Year

Foreign arrivals to Greece this year are expected to reach, if not surpass, some 16.5 million, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, informed Prime Minister George Papandreou during a meeting held in late August. So far,...

Tourism Residential Accommodation Policy Tabled

Greek tourism will soon see new arrangements that include the establishment of the long awaited tourism residential accommodation, according to the Finance Ministry’s omnibus bill tabled in Parliament last month aimed to tackle Greece’s financial crisis.

Conference Focuses On Tourism Investment In Greece

The need to promote tourism investment and increase competitiveness in Greece to face the economic crisis was underlined by tourism professionals and experts at the “Tourism Investment Conference: Focus on Greece,” held in Athens last month.

Russia Deemed Among Prospective Source Markets For Greece

Greece seems to be focusing more and more on attracting Russian tourists and prospects are positive since arrivals from Russia are expected to exceed one million this year as it was announced at the Greek-Russian tourism forum “Chartering the Future” held 3-4 September on Crete....

Philoxenia Tourism Awards 2007

At the Philoxenia tourism awards, Chalkidiki won two awards and received the title for favorite beach destination and the friendliest for families with children destination. Pelion came first in the favorite mountainous or rural destination. Thessaloniki won the first prize in...

WTO Chief Foresees Positive Tourism Growth

The global tourism industry is projected to grow by 1 to 1.5 percent this year, down from an original forecast of 3 percent, due principally to the global crisis brought on by the attacks on the USA on September 11, said Francesco Frangialli, secretary-general of the World...

Cabotage Draft Law Causes Friction

The bill promoted by the government for the lifting of cabotage restrictions is a historical reform for the Greek cruise industry, Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said last month.

Hotelier Federation Warns Of Tourism Revenue Slide

“The current tourism leadership, just like the previous one, has managed to devalue the country's tourism product by some 15 percent, causing tourism’s contribution to Greece’s GDP to shrink from 18 percent in 2008 to 15 percent this year,” according to President of the Hellenic...

Tourism Professionals Fear VAT Hike Rumors

“Any decision that affects the viability and prospects of Greek tourism with low benefits is economic suicide, not fiscal policy,” the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said last month.

Greek Tourism Revenue Drops, Arrivals Improve

Greece’s tourism revenue dropped 11.9 percent during the first six months of the year and 15.7 percent in June, according to data from the Bank of Greece.

July Strikes Put Greek Tourism In Limbo

While Greece was already suffering a decline in visitor numbers, the tourism sector was tested in July with disruptions to flights and an ongoing strike by fuel-truck drivers that led to gasoline shortages across the country.

PM Optimistic On Greek Tourism, Professionals Worried

“Greek tourism has been switched to autopilot and left unattended, something that was obvious at this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF)… We did not hear that Greece would carry out what its competitors are im­plementing, whether that be a promotion campaign or the...

SETE: 9th Tourism & Development Conference

The challenge of adding tourism to the Greek government’s development priorities will be analyzed at the ninth annual tourism and development conference of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) scheduled for 18-19 October.