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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.

Public-Private Tourism Marketing Company Becomes Official

The Greek Government approved an amendment tabled in Parliament last month that opened the way for the establishment of a public-private marketing company for Greek tourism. The amendment was tabled by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos and specifically involved a...

GNTO Celebrates 60th Birthday

“The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) is a historical organization that today the country needs more than ever,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during the organization’s 60-year anniversary event held in late March at the Acropolis Museum.

Schengen Visa Regime Topic Of Debate In Athens

“The commission is looking into the issue of long waiting lines to obtain a visa, but also member states do not put their money where their mouths are as they should include more staff in consulates,” argued Diederik Paalman, deputy head of the visa policy unit of the European...

German Tourists Encouraged To Holiday In Greece At ITB 2012

The Greek tourism leadership was up against a complex task at the 46th ITB Berlin travel trade show last month while restoring Greece’s reputation as a top and safe destination. Tourism officials were obliged to make a great effort to reverse the negative climate that currently...

“Greece Is Changing” Initiative Launched

A group of leading Greek businessmen recently decided to take matters into their own hands and joined forces to promote full page advertisements in various European newspapers and invite Europeans to take a closer look at Greece’s path of reform to ensure its commitment to Europe.

Hotel Chamber Proposes To Run Subsidized Tourism Holiday Programs

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels last month submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security that aims to modernize the subsidized social tourism holiday programs—that secure domestic tourism—in an environment of free competition.

UNWTO To Advance Common Agenda On Visa

UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, last month called on the tourism sector to unite around the issue of travel facilitation as a means to stimulate demand and, as a result, create jobs.

UK Travel Federations Urge Greece To Save Its Image

Consumers in the UK are choosing alternative destinations for holiday this year as a result of the constant negative publicity focused on Greece (which consumers see as not just Athens but the islands too), according to an open letter sent to Greek officials last month by three...

Greece’s Tarnished Image Puts 2012 Tourism In Limbo

“There are many Germans who are afraid to come to Greece,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos informed Greece’s head of state President Carolos Papoulias last month after his visit to the 46th ITB Berlin travel trade show in Germany.

Culture and Tourism Minister At 7th HO.RE.CA.

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos cuts the inauguration ribbon of the 7th HO.RE.CA. show in the presence of prominent personalities from the Greek food service and hospitality sectors.

7th HO.RE.CA. Leaves Best Of Impressions

“It doesn't take much to see that this is not the time for politicians but the time for entrepreneurs and professionals… Last year was a really great year and hopefully the same will happen in 2012,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during the inauguration...

Google Shows Tourism Potential Via The Internet

“Follow the advice of Woody Allen (US movie actor, comedian and director) that 80 percent of success is just showing up...Go where the users are, go where the users are looking for you,” the general director of Google Greece, Stefanos Loukakos, said last month when he opened the...

Minister Wants Out Of Schengen Visa Procedures

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos recently highlighted the importance of free movement of tourists around the world and underlined the need to change the Schengen visa procedure in order for it “to stop being a burden on tourism.

Minister Presents Tourism Omnibus Bill For Growth

The time period for the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) to grant licenses for Greek tourist accommodation will be reduced from 240 days to 60 days, according to arrangements contained in an omnibus bill presented in late December 2011 by Culture and Tourism Minister...

Opinions Vary On 2012 Greek Tourism Growth

“Tourism went well this year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during an interview to the Greek press in late December.

Athens’ Hoteliers Call For Immediate Attention Of City Center Image

“The hotels in Athens are collapsing,” was the comment of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association in a recent announcement in regards to the city’s hotel performance for the month of November 2011. Αccording to data from the association, the average hotel occupancy in Athens-Attica...

Tour Bus Profession Opens, KTEL Bus Profession Stays Closed

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos sparked an angry reaction from tourism professionals recently when he signed a ministerial decision in November, which liberalized the tour bus profession so licenses would be easier obtained while the profession of KTEL intercity...

Greek Museums And Sites Get New Standards

“Our goal is for all monuments to provide the basic services to the visitor,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said while reviewing the progress of the ministry’s three-year plan to upgrade services of archaeological sites and museums. The program was launched in...

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.