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Foreign Arrivals for 2009 Predicted to Fall

A Eurobank survey predicts a significant slowdown in arrivals of tourists from abroad to Greece in 2009.

Greek Hospitality Market Analyzed

Greece cannot compete on a price basis with new destinations under its current hospitality cost structure but the country has the necessary element to reinvent itself, reshape its product, and market itself efficiently in order to maintain the positive publicity and the momentum...

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Predicts Tourism Levels in 2008

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently held its final meeting for 2007 in the presence of Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos and the political leadership of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

Les Clefs D’Or Hellas Elects National Board

Les Clefs D'Or Hellas recently elected its new national board. Spiros Arathimos (Titania Hotel) was elected president, Emmanuel Kamilakis (Athens Hilton Hotel) as vice president, Stavroula Legou (Metropolitan Hotel) as general secretary, Georgios Kotsonis (Golden Age Hotel) as...

Athanasios Oikonomou

From the beginning of the year until now Greek tourism has shown resistance. I will not get tired of constantly repeating what Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos has observed from the start. That 2008 was not a usual year.

Tourism Development Ministry’s Aims for 2008

Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos recently announced ministry aims, actions and initiatives for 2008. The primary aim, according to Mr. Spiliotopoulos, is “Upgrading the Greek tourism product but most importantly attracting higher quality incoming tourism.”

Hellenic Chamber of Hotels Warns of Tourism Crisis

Greek tourism once again enters a crisis period, as a series of negative factors form a new, difficult situation and lead to deep concern, said the chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Gerasimos Fokas, at a press conference held recently.

Tourism Minister Optimistic

Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos called a press conference recently and expressed his conclusions on Greek tourism and his optimism in regards to the current image Greece has within the sector.

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...

Aristotelis Thomopoulos

One of the fundamental aims of the management at Helexpo, when we undertook this responsibility three and a half years ago, was the reinforcement of the professional character and internationalization of sector-based exhibitions and the national exhibition body.

SITE Greek Chapter Organizes Seminar on the Future of Greek Tourism

The Society of Incentive and Travel Executives recently organized a seminar-gathering for its members, where the guest speaker was Alexandros Kouris, PRC group director designate and head of communications business unit. The PRC group is the consultancy that was commissioned with...

Meridian Joins Hotelbeds Family

It would seem that professionally managed Greek tourism offices are in demand within the international marketplace. The latest evidence is the Meridian buyout bid by Hotelbeds, a part of the First Choice Holidays PLC Group (UK).

Continued Upward Trend Forecasted for Tourism

The year 2005 was characterized as the turning point and the beginning of an upward trend for Greek tourism with incoming tourism increasing by about eight percent was the conclusion of the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts' (ITEP) recent study.

Delta’s New Daily Direct Flight to Atlanta

Last month, Delta began its daily direct flights to Atlanta International Airport in the south-eastern U.S., the airline's most important hub and the largest airport hub in the world. This flight gives passengers countless convenient connections to destinations to more than 200...

Permits Granted for Messinia Tourism Project

Greek ship owner Vasilis Kostantakopoulos' large tourism development project in the Messinia Prefecture of Peloponnisos finally received all the permits required to get underway. The permitting process was complex and took many years to complete because of the numerous regulatory...

Tourism and Development Conference Set for October

The Association for Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) is holding its fifth Tourism and Development Conference in Athens on October 16 and 17.

Tourists Complain of Price Gouging

The Greek consumer group INKA announced last month that it received 7,100 complaints from tourists between the start of the year and the end of June. Most complained of excessive charges for poor-quality services.

Fanny Palli-Petralia

Every country's economic development is supported by its dynamic sectors, its competitive advantages, as well as the model it has chosen to face the challenges of the future.

Dimitrios C. Lambadarios

The Philoxenia exhibition, now in its 22nd year, has become an institution for Greece, which has been organised successfully for all these years and is an event of great significance for the Greek tourism industry.

George Doukas

The growth in demand for holidays in Greece from most countries over the past two years, as is indicated by the notable increase in arrivals, raises further expectations for the future of Greek tourism.