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Andreas Andreadis

This year's Philoxenia exhibition coincides with one of the most difficult periods Greek tourism has experienced (and is still experiencing) over the past decades.

New Tourism Zoning Plan

Government last month introduced a draft proposal for the introduction of land zoning regulations for the tourism sector. The plan, if accepted and passed, is expected to lead to the construction of leisure and retirement villages, which could attract major investment to the...

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.

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 Against Direct Subsidies for New Hotels

Hoteliers last month called for a more discriminating application of the investment incentives law for the construction of four- and five-star hotels, and went as far as to demand restrictions in the approval of subsidized projects.

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).

Athenian Hotels Record Major Drop in Overnights

Overnights in the Athens area dropped an average drop of 11.5% last year when compared with 2002, according to statistics released last month by the Attica Hoteliers' Association. The association says the drop is phenomenal considering it took place the year prior to Athens...

2004 Tourism Picture Remains Clouded

When compared with last year, the drop in tourism arrivals this year is expected to reach anywhere between less than 1% to as high as 10%. It all depends on whom you listen to. Tourism revenue, again according to whom you listen to, will drop from 5% to as high as 15% against...

Hoteliers Upset Over Government’s Refusal To Change Depreciation Rate

Greek hoteliers continue efforts to pressure government quarters to change depreciation rates for tax purposes from 4% to the 8% it was some two years ago. Representatives from Greek Hotel Chamber and the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises say they are very disappointed...

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.

VAT Hike Puts A Damper On Greek Tourism

The government’s effort to solve Greece’s fiscal problems will not be successful if not accompanied by measures to support tourism, President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) Nikos Angelopoulos recently said in a letter to Finance Minister Yiorgos...

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.

Hotel Workers Sign New Contracts

Hotel employees signed a new collective labor contract last month introduced by the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers after five months of negotiations and strike action by the workers.

Athens City Center Hotel Occupancy In Trouble

“At the beginning of the year I referred to a particularly difficult tourism season but now, based on the rate bookings are moving in Athens, I will now refer to a collapse,” the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Yiannis Retsos, told tourism journalists recently.

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.

Greek Coalition Government Formed, Tourism Unsteady

New Democracy head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece's prime minister last month (20 June) in a three-party coalition government following Greece’s second round of national elections on 17 June.

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.

Professionals Slam Social Tourism Program Abolishment

Greek tourism professionals were stunned last month when they were informed that the abolition of the Workers' Housing Organization was included on an agreement of austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in exchange for a new bailout loan.

Greek Tourism Innovation Discussed At Athens University

“Modern tourism has a very special character as firstly, it evolved from a hobby of the elite to a part of the everyday life of the population of most developed countries and secondly, tourism is a new and very dynamic part of the global economy both in terms of growth and its...

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.