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Greece Shows Prospects as Conference Destination

Greece shows excellent prospects as a destination for conferences, corporate meetings and incentives: This conclusion was based on the results of the recent and first meeting of representatives from the Thessaloniki Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Hellenic Association of...

Elections Expected To Hurt Athens’ Tourism

Any election period and political instability in general is negative for tourism, which in the center of Athens is up against a decrease of 20 percent or more in revenues, the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, Yiannis Retsos, recently told the Greek press.

Occupancy Up For Athens Hotels

Athens hotels had an increased occupancy rate for the month of October 2006, as well as for the first ten months of last year, while the prices remained about the same, according to the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA).

Attica Hotels Post Increases

Attica hotel occupancy in 2006 increased 9.8 percent against the year before. Room prices were up 2.6 percent and revenue per room increased by 12.6 percent, according to Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association, and Ioannis Retsos, the association's...

Crisis Management Committee Has First Meeting

The Crisis Management Committee, set up last summer by former Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, had its first meeting during December's outbreak of violence after the fatal police shooting of a Greek teenager.

Attica Hotel Association Says Tourism Traffic in Athens is Stagnant

The Attica Hotel Association recently announced the statistics on hotel occupancy for November 2007, and claims "tourism traffic during the holiday period showed neither positive nor encouraging results and remains stagnant.”

Athens Occupancy Crisis

The Athens-Attica Hotel Association says that the negative international economic situation will have a downbeat impact on tourism in Athens as this year may prove even more difficult than 2004.

Attica Hotel Association is Realistic and Optimistic

The Attica Hotel Association recently held its 38th annual assembly where its members revealed and discussed statistics for 2007. The assembly was opened by the president of the association, George Tsakiris, who began by referring to 2006 as "an overall successful year for the...

ICAP Study Foresees 8% Revenue Increase for Hotels

Five-star and 4-star Greek hotels will close 2005 with an 8% increase in sales, when compared with the year before, according to a recent ICAP study. The reason cited for the increase quite simply is the recovery of tourism movement to Greece during the past year.

Greek Destinations Urged to Promote Conference and Meetings Tourism

Nature, sea, culture and city tourism are the four pillars on which the effort of the Tourism Development Ministry to enrich the Greek tourism product rests, said the ministry's special secretary, Haris Kokkosis, during the 2nd International Meetings Industry Conference (IMIC...

Attica Hotel Occupancy Up While Room Rates Down

Attica hotel occupancy has increased 5 percent during the first quarter of this year as compared with last year said Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA) at last month's general assembly meeting. However, Mr. Tsakiris continued, room rates remain...

Tourism Arrivals Exceed Expectations

The number of foreign visitors arriving by air from January to August was up 8.4 percent, reported the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts (ITEP). This increase is more than double compared to Greece's competitors in the Mediterranean. At the end of July, Croatia's...

A Good Year, But Next Year Even Better

The strong rise in the number of foreign visitors this year should not cause officials to relax their efforts to solve the problems of the tourism industry, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises said last month.

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.

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...

Continued Difficulties for Athenian Hoteliers

Hoteliers in the Athens area continue to face painful economic problems and some even face extreme difficulty when it comes to paying running monthly expenses. They say the strong investment in modernization carried out prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics, in conjunction with...

Tourism Development Depends On You

If we want the Greek tourism sector to develop at a satisfactory pace, we in the private sector must take it upon ourselves to do so, said speakers at the recent "The Need to Create a Tourism Development Strategy" conference held last month in Athens.

Planned New Convention Center Includes New Hotel

The Attica hotel owners association met with the head of Hellenic Tourism Properties recently to discuss the construction of a convention center at the old Athens International Airport at Hellenikon. When and if completed, the center will accommodate 8,000 participants. A hotel...

Athenian Hotels Record Major Drop in Overnights

Overnights in the Athens area dropped an average drop of 11.5% last year when compared with 2002, according to statistics released last month by the Attica Hoteliers' Association. The association says the drop is phenomenal considering it took place the year prior to Athens...

Latest Tourism Institute Study Worrisome

Studies released last month by the Tourism Research Institute place Greece's tourism sector in a precarious position. Its annual study, which forecasts this year's tourism flow and analyzes last year's results, found Greece was far behind its competitors. Last year, Greece saw...