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Athens Hotels’ Occupancies Trend Downward

June 2008 saw a 1.9 percent drop in average hotel occupancy rates in the Athens Attica region, according to recent figures released by the Hellenic Hotels Federation.

Renovated Hotels Survive Crisis

The majority of hotels that modernized their operations and infrastructure and enhanced their overall presence in the domestic and international market held a strong position during the global economic crisis when compared with 2008, according to a research study carried out by...

Chalkidiki Hoteliers Attend Workshop

The profile of today's visitor and ways of approaching the Greek tourist were analyzed last month in Chalkidiki at a workshop organized by the Hellenic Hotels Federation and the Halkidiki Hotel Association.

Greece Sees Double-Digit Revenue Decline

Tourism revenue dropped 14.7 percent in the January-June period against the same period in 2008 as foreign visitors spent some 3.1 billion euros, the Bank of Greece recently announced. In June receipts were down 10.4 percent to 1.39 billion euros.

Workshop Enlightens Hoteliers

An electronic register of all Greek tourism businesses will be prepared and presented by the end of the year, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos said at a marketing workshop held recently in Chania, Crete, by the Hellenic Hotels Federation.

Hotel Federation Straightens Out Data Mix Up

The Hellenic Federation of Hotels recently "corrected" false data over price increases of Greek hotels in 2008 distributed by Hotels.com website.

Greece Targets Russian Market

The 16th Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) exhibition ran from 18-21 March in the atmosphere of the world economic crisis and analysts wondered of overall consumer demand and, first and foremost, if the demand for traveling had dropped.

Hotel Suppliers Face Economic Crisis

Hotel suppliers in the tourism industry may count up to a 275-million-euro fall in revenue this year if, according to a possible scenario, Greek tourism slumps 10 percent in overnights, GBR Consulting reported recently.

Hoteliers Claim Investment Law Unfair

Following the recent amendment of the new investment incentives law, Greek hotel owners requested the withdrawal of two "unfavorable" provisions.

Prime Minister Announces Tourism Measures

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in late December announced 14 measures to support the Greek tourism industry.

Hellenic Hotel Federation Submits Boutique Hotels Study

The Hellenic Hotel Federation (POX) recently completed and submitted to the Greek National Tourism Organization, a study for the construction of boutique hotels. The study consists of prerequisites for the infrastructure and services of boutique hotels as defined by international...

Difficult Times for Tourism and Maritime Sector

Andreas Andreadis, chairman of the of the Hellenic Hotels Federation, recently informed the Business & Travel show on “sbc” that a drop in arrivals is expected for 2009 as the tourism sector will be up against a difficult period until 2010, when the market will pick up its...

Bankcards & Internet Portal Priorities for Hoteliers

Bankcards for members and an internet portal are among the priority plans presented by Andreas Andreadis, president of the newly elected board of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX).

Tourism Industry Leaders Pessimistic for 2004 Season

Greece's tourism professionals are not in the least optimistic about the future of the country's main currency-earning industry thus crushing earlier hopes that 2004, being the country's Olympic year, would provide the much-needed shot in the arm to the sector.

Tourism Sector Gets Promised Ministry

As promised, the new government has created a Greek tourism ministry. The newly appointed minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and his deputy, Anastassios Liaskos, for the moment are the "guests" of Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas until appropriate tourism ministry offices are...

Drop in Bookings Encourage Tour Operators to Demand Lower Prices

On average, Athens area hotels so far have kept overnights at last year's level and look forward to a good summer. Not so with hotels outside the area. This season's holiday bookings are down 15 to 20% against last year, according to reports from Hellenic Tourism Organization...

Hoteliers Must Become More Competitive

Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation President Vassilis Minaides believes that the Greek hotel sector, even though it has made major improvement strides over the past couple of years, is not competitive enough.

Greece’s Tourism Sector Fighting to Survive

Greek hoteliers described tourism as being at its lowest ebb in 30 years, “and the government is doing nothing to help,” said Vassilis Miniades, president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers' Association, during a recent press call.

Subsidized Holidays Program Recipients Reduced

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers recently questioned a government decision that sees a 26 percent reduction of beneficiaries for the Workers’ Welfare Foundation’s social tourism program (subsidized holidays).

Drop in Easter Holiday Overnights Creates Skepticism

The total outcome in regards to hotel bookings during this year’s Easter holiday did not satisfy Greek hoteliers but hasty conclusions should not be made in regards to the season’s final result, President of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers Andreas Andreadis advised last month.