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Tourism Ministry Joins Forces With SETE

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, Nikos Aggelopoulos, recently decided to work together on issues in relation to tourist traffic data and marketing strategies.

Ministry Announces Initial 2008 Tourism Data

Prior to an agreement between state tourism officials and the private tourism sector (see page 3), Geece's tourism ministry expressed its satisfaction with this year's tourism figures.

Greeks Prefer Trips Abroad

Greek tourists prefer to travel abroad rather than spend their holidays at home as they consider Greece too expensive as opposed to competing tourist destinations.

Tourism Satellite Account Ahead of Schedule

The Tourism Satellite Account, now in the sixth month of a two-year plan, is soon to become a reality. According to Michael Sfakianakis who is a professor of the University of Piraeus (Department of Business Administration) and a member of the committee in charge of the project,...

Greece Ahead of Direct Competitors

Official data from local and international tourism organizations shows that Greece is not a low-cost tourism destination despite an overall opinion that Greece does not attract high-income tourists.

Hotel Chamber Calls for 3-Year Government Policy

On the occasion of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels' annual New Year's reception, the president of the chamber, Makis Fokas, said that last year proved to be exceptional tourism year for the second time in a row, in both the number of arrivals to Greece and the amount of tourism...

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos called a press conference recently and expressed his conclusions on Greek tourism and his optimism in regards to the current image Greece has within the sector.

No Delay in New Tourism Legislation

There will be little or no delay in Greece's new tourism legislation, according to the outgoing tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos. He said the only thing missing from the new legislation is the signature of Greece's health minister, and “being the country's new...

Worst Tourism Season in 30 Years

Greece's tourism enterprises haven't felt such negative pressure in 30 years, says the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourism Agents. "The negative economic effects experienced thus far have reached dangerous proportions for the future of tourism enterprises," says the...

Grave Concern For 2003 Tourism Industry

Members of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises expressed grave concern for Greece's tourism industry this year. The association's president, Stavros Andreadis, said that after last year's drop of about 5% in overall arrivals, coupled with international events, this year...

Bank Of Greece Survey Shows Drop In Foreign Arrivals

The first half of 2009 saw foreign arrivals decline by 10.3 percent compared with those of the first half of 2008, according to a survey on nonresident arrivals from abroad for the first half of 2009. The survey was carried out by the Bank of Greece at the country's border...

Tourism Falls Victim To Greece’s Political Scene

International bookings dropped some 50 percent only a few days after Greece’s general elections, according to Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

Mixed Forecasts For Greek Tourism

“It is unrealistic to expect an increase in arrivals to Greece this year,” Taleb Rifai, the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said last month during a joint press conference in Athens with Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos.

Greece Lags Behind Competitors During First Half Of The Year

Greek tourism was not at its best in the first half of the year compared to competing countries such as Turkey, Cyprus and Spain, the Greek press said last month. This was mainly due to negative publicity abroad during the two election periods.

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,...

Greek Tourism Expected To Rise In 2011, Deputy Minister

The Greek government places great importance on the tourism sector as it can help the country survive the economic crisis, Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister George Nikitiadis told journalists during his visit last month to the global meetings and events exhibition EIBTM in...

Hotel Chamber Holds 2nd General Assembly At HO.RE.CA.

Some 1,700 hoteliers from all over Greece attended the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels’ second general assembly that took place this year on the sidelines of the 8th HO.RE.CA. Expo, on Saturday, 9 February, at the Metropolitan Expo Center.

Hotel Chamber Establishes Documentation Center For Greek Tourism

The establishment of a Documentation Center For Greek Tourism that brings together 15 stakeholders in the Greek economy, the academic and research community was announced today, 28 March, at a special event of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels in Athens.

Greeks Among Lowest International Travel Spenders Last Year

The travel expenditure of Greeks who traveled abroad last year was in the lowest position of the past 10 years, according to the latest report released by the Bank of Greece.

German Tourists Spend Most Lavishly In Greece

German tourists are Greece’s biggest spenders on an annual basis as they splashed out some 1.65 billion euros last year, according to the latest report of the Bank of Greece.