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SETE: Greece 2016 Tourist Arrivals Break Record

Greek tourism is going strong, marking some 30 million tourist arrivals in 2016, according to tentative figures released by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

Shakin’ the Blues Away: Greece a Top ‘Sunshine Saturday’ Choice

Saturdays in January are the busiest booking days of the year, according to a recent survey carried out by travel operator TUI Group.

Rise in Numbers @ Greek Destinations Over Holidays

Traditional winter destinations across Greece welcomed a rise in visitors over the holidays while tourism professionals are already speaking of positive pre-bookings for the the summer ahead.

German Traveler Interest Recovering

Greek tourism professionals are welcoming what appears to be a revival of German traveler interest in Greek destinations with talk of a 6 percent rise in pre-bookings for the upcoming summer as Germany’s consumer confidence is expected to show signs of improvement this month.

More Greeks Traveling Abroad for the Holidays

Bookings for the holiday season are marking a 3-5 percent rise with all the more Greeks planning trips abroad, according to recent data.

Athens Gaining Ground as Winter Destination

Tourist flows to Athens are on the rise with professionals saying this is the best December performance in a long time.

Greek Ministry, Central Bank Differ on Tourism Revenue Figures

Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently expressed her concern over figures released by the Bank of Greece that appear to be different to the ministry's findings.

Thessaloniki Hotels Mark Slight Drop in Jan.-Aug. Overnight Stays

Thessaloniki reported a 0.49 percent drop in incoming tourism for the January-August period compared to a year ago with 3,500 fewer overnight stays at the city’s hotels, according to the Thessaloniki Hotels Association.

Nelios: Greek Hotels See Online Bookings, Turnover Rise in 2nd Half

Greek hotels marked an increase in the number of online bookings and turnover in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to Athens-based digital tourism experts Nelios.

Greeks Holidaying Less Due to Crisis?

Greeks took fewer holidays and cut their vacation period short in 2015, according to the latest data released by the country’s statistical authority ELSTAT, costing the local tourism industry up to 121 million euros in takings.

SETE: Greece’s Jan.-Aug. 2016 Incoming Traffic Marks Upturn

Incoming traffic through Greece’s main airports escalated in the first eight months of the year up by 6.5 percent or by an additional 753,000 arrivals, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) said on Wednesday.

Greece Tourism Body Says 11th-hour Travelers to Compensate for Lost Ground

Last-minute vacationers are offsetting losses recorded in the first summer months of the year with the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) indicating a 9 percent rise in the number of arrivals in July at regional airports and a 9.6 percent increase at Athens International Airport (AIA).

Greece’s Alt. Tourism Minister Sees Light at Tunnel’s End

Greece’s Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura is keeping a positive outlook, expecting revenue from incoming tourism to grow in 2016 despite geopolitics and terrorism.

GNTO to Gauge Traveler Satisfaction at 11 Greek Airports

Aiming to ensure the best quality services are offered to travelers visiting Greece, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) announced this week the launch of a survey across 11 Greek airports, inviting research companies to make their bids for the project.

Alt. Tourism Minister Hopeful for 2016, Greece Still Resilient

Amid terror attacks, Turkey’s failed coup, Brexit and the refugee crisis, Greek tourism appears to be resilient, Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura told a press briefing on Wednesday.

Evia Island Sees French Tourist Numbers Dwindle

Tourism traffic from France to the Greek island of Evia appears to be on a downward trend with hundreds of bookings up in the air following the recent close of two of the island’s major hotel units.

Big UK Holiday Exit this wkend, Greece Popular Choice, ABTA Says

As July comes to a close, holidaymakers across the UK are packing their bags ready to set off for their top destinations including Greece, Portugal Spain and Cyprus with ABTA estimating that 2.3 million people will be heading abroad this weekend (July 22-24).

Study: Greece Four-month Direct Hotel Bookings Drop

Direct bookings to Greek hotels declined in the first four months of the year by 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015, according to a recent study released by digital marketeers Nelios, who cited the recent instability in the wider region behind the dwindling figures.

Greek Summer Travelers to Tighten their Belts in 2016

Greeks are set to spend less on their holidays this year, according to a recent study released by PayPal and market research company Gfk.

Bank Analysts See Potential in Greek Tourism

Tourism traffic to Greece stands to gain in great part from the ongoing insecurity in the surrounding region and the improved visa procedure for Russian and Chinese travelers, according to Alpha Bank analysts.