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Athens Tourism Development Agency Activated

The City of Athens Tourism and Economic Development Agency is distributing a new city map at City of Athens tourist info centers throughout the Greek capital. The map includes useful information for visitors including how to get around the city, transportation (metro, tramcar,...

Freedom for Coastal Shipping, or Bust

Alexandros Panagopoulos, president and managing director of Superfast Ferries, told guests at last month's Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises meeting that unless coastal shipping is liberalized, now, the entire sector would fall into decay.

Initial Indications for 2005 Tourism Not Especially Optimistic

Members of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say the initial indications for 2005 do not justify any special optimism and that unless the government speeds up its promised tourism projects, Greece will not be able to take advantage of the successful holding of the...

Now or Never for Greek Tourism

Perhaps the best and most professional tourism conference ever organized in Athens was organized and superbly executed last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. The conference not only started on time but also started without the usual barrage of empty speeches...

Association Calls for Strong Tourism Ministry

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises last month urged the government to go ahead immediately with tourism-related infrastructure projects throughout the country, infrastructure works on the same scale as seen in Athens over the past several years.

Prime Minister Labels Tourism National Importance

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis showed his personal interest in the tourism sector last month when he opened this year's general assembly of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. During his speech, he labeled tourism as a sector of national importance for the country's...

Renewed Interest in Golf Investment

The Greek tourism sector, struggling to defend its share of the market against cheaper rivals such as Turkey and other Mediterranean nations, is eager to stretch its season beyond the summer months and become more than a sun-and-sea paradise for holidaymakers that are on a budget.

Tourism Study Says Sector Prime Future Employer

By 2010 the Greek tourism sector could create some 150,000 new jobs and thus cover 35% of today's unemployed, according to a study released last month by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

New Investment Bill Introduced

The Greek finance ministry recently introduced a draft bill on investment incentives. The bill contains five points that are significant for the tourism sector. First, investment subsidies for comprehensive plans for refurbishing hotels are revised from 4.5 million euros to 10...

Prime Minister Believes SETE Could Be the Tourism Industry’s Link with Government

Prime Minister Costas Simitis told the 11th annual meeting of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) last month that he realized the strong euro, the universal economic slowdown and the Iraq war have adversely affected Greek tourism. He also said that he favored SETE...

Tourism and Development Conference Concentrated on Tourism Promotion

Greek Tourism Enterprises Association President Stavros Andreadis told delegates at the opening of last month's Tourism and Development Conference, which was organized by the association, that much more money must be spent on the promotion of Greece abroad. He suggested that all...

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...

SETE Pessimistic For Sector Tourism This Year

Nikos Angelopoulos, vice president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, told its annual Christmas press gathering that he and the association were not optimistic for tourism possibilities in 2002. He said association sources foresee a possible drop in arrivals from...

Unrestrained Optimism For Greek Tourism

If anything was crystal clear at the last month's Destination Greece conference organized by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, it was that Greece has a fantastic opportunity to develop its tourism sector. All that's needed is the decision.

SETE Organizes Crisis Management In Tourism Seminars

Tourist enterprises are quite vulnerable to almost any crisis. A series of unfortunate incidents in the past, not to mention last month’s terrorist attack on New York, confirm this fact and mark the need of more efficient management and planning of each enterprise’s...

SETE Questions Government’s Tourism Data And Methods

A delegation from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) met with Prime Minister Costas Simitis last month, at his request, where the tourism professionals expressed their belief that the government has failed to take tourism seriously.

Greece Lacks Long-term Tourism Strategy And Policy

The biggest problem facing Greek tourism is the lack of a long-term strategy and policy, said Spyros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, during the 16th Philoxenia tourism fair. Mr. Kokotos added that the present government has failed to...

Greece Levies Low Tourism Taxes

Travellers on a typical package tour pay an average of $276 in tax for their vacation, according to a study of 52 countries published in Greece. The survey was commissioned by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises.

Tourism Industry Unhappy With State Tourism Policies

Spiros Kokotos, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), called the tourism press corps together last month to reiterate industry complaints that the government was not doing its best to confront tourism problems.

EU Approves Proposal To Include Tourism In Constitution Revision

The European Union is studying Greek proposals for the European tourism industry following submissions made by Greek Euro-MP Costis Hadjidakis, who heads the European Parliament’s regional transport and tourism policy committee.