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Research Institute Foresees Tourism Arrival Increases

Tourism arrivals in Greece are set to rise by 5 to 7 percent this year, according to estimates by the Institute of Tourism Research and Forecasts. In its latest "Economy and Tourism" report, ITEP predicts that in 2005 foreign tourist arrivals will rise by 5 to 6 percent over last year.

Harder Times Yet to Come for Small and Mid-size Hotels

Speakers at the last month's general assembly of the Panhellenic Hoteliers' Federation told hoteliers that the worse is yet to come for small and mid-size hotels. "Only the big hotel units that offer a brand-name product and our unique small city hotels will survive within the...

Gigantic Government “Tourism Machine” Planned

Greece's tourism ministry plans to turn the public end of the tourism sector into a gigantic tourism mechanism with 37 directorates and 72 tourism offices at home and abroad, according to recent reports.

Tourism Organization President Now Optimistic

At his first confrontation with the press, Hellenic Tourism Organization President Haris Kokkossis said that he expects this year's tourism arrival figures to stay at the same level as last year. (In an interview days earlier, the newly appointed president had said that he...

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...

Anastasios Liaskos

Tourism is now the most dynamic sector of our economy contributing most to our gross national product. For the New Democracy Party tourism is our first-choice priority and the basic directions for its develop include:

Sojourn Tax Again Causes Friction

The increase of the sojourn tax—imposed on hotels and other private businesses that operate in tourist regions by local governments—is unconstitutional and without substantial benefit, said the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Philoxenia 2009 Hangs On Strong

The 25th Philoxenia International Tourism Exhibition, held together with the hotel furnishing exhibition Hotelia, saw trade visitors increase this year by some 28 percent compared to last year's exhibition as 4,782 trade visitors were counted, the exhibition's organizer Helexpo said.

Deputy Minister’s Portfolio Is Defined

Greek Prime Minister Yiorgos Papandreou and Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month announced the responsibilities assigned to Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Angela Gerekou.

GNTO Offices Abroad To Close

Important markets to Greek tourism would not be left without a Greek National Tourism Office but mergers are to occur where two or more offices serve a single region, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently assured Greek journalists.

Athens City Center In Need Of Face-Lift

If we want to upgrade Athens, we need to set down some rules and faithfully follow them, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos recently said in an interview to the Greek press when asked about the problems at the one end of the historic center of Athens—the Omonia Square...

5th HO.RE.CA. Attracts Thousands

This year’s HO.RE.CA. proved wrong all negative forecasts that saw a “frightened attitude of the tourism sector against the escalating economic crisis,” according to Forum, the organizing company of the fifth international specialized exhibition of equipment, accessories,...

Tourism Minister At NYT Travel Show

Greece is up against a great crisis but is not hiding, Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos assured during his visit to the 2010 New York Times Travel Show that took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on February 26-28.

Greek Visa Policy Subject To Change

Greek tourism would get a boost if visa procedures for entry permits to Greece are less complicated, agreed Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos and Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas in a recent meeting.

Greece Targets Serb Tourists

The Culture and Tourism Ministry intends to redefine the classic “sun and sea” formula and promote tourism services that are not restricted to three months but offered throughout the year, Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou recently said in an interview to...

Greek Tourism Moves Ahead At 44th ITB

Greece’s economic problems will not have an impact on German visits to the country this year, said Klaus Laepple, president of German Travel Association Deutschen ReiseVerbands (DRV), during the opening press conference of the 44th ITB Berlin travel trade show held last month.

10 Tourism Priorities, Greek PM

Last year, while representing the main opposition of the Greek Government, today’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised a room full of hoteliers (during the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels’ first general meeting) that once in government, the New Democracy party would go ahead with...

New Tourism Ministry Has Work Cut Out

The re-establishment of the new Tourism Ministry in June was welcomed by the vast majority of Greek tourism professionals who are expecting a series of chronic issues to be solved by the new leadership.

Greek Museums And Sites On Temporary Time Schedule

Operating hours for some Greek state museums and archaeological sites have been temporarily adjusted for the summer season until the process of hiring extra staff is completed, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said last month.

Tourism Professionals At A Loss As Greece Calls For New General Elections

Greece is heading for a new round of elections as talks among party leaders to form a government—based on the results of the elections of 6 May—collapsed. The date for the new round of elections has been set for 17 June.