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SETE: “Marketing Greece,” INSETE In The Works

“Unity is needed to extend the tourism season and for Greece to welcome tourists all year round,” was the message the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, sent out during his speech at the 16th annual general assembly of the...
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Tourism Minister Says Early Bookings To Greece Are Going “Very Well”

“Early bookings are going very well and it gives us reason to believe that we will have a large increase in tourism to our country,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said in a statement today, 11 April.
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SETE To Launch Institute For Tourism Training Issues

Following the announcement of SETE's new role as social partner in January, the association will now be involved in training issues for tourism through the SETE Institute (INSETE) soon to operate.
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Greek Tourism Down By One Million Arrivals Last Year

International and domestic tourism arrivals at Greek airports were down by one million in 2012, according to recent data released by the Civil Aviation Authority.
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Greek Hotel Profits Hit By Domestic Tourism Plunge

The target of 17 million tourists is achievable for this summer season but Greek tourism will continue to face serious problems and declining revenue as a result of hotel discounts and the “overpricing regime,” the president of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers, Yiannis...
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Minister Signs Agreement With Greek Church To Promote Religious Tourism

“We must work together with the Church to correctly promote religious-pilgrimage tourism as a tourism product of Greece,” Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said today, Tuesday, 15 January, after signing a cooperation protocol with the Church of Greece for the development...
The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers’ President Yiannis Retsos (second from right) with vice presidents Kostas Leventis, Andreas Metaxas, Aristotelis Thomopoulos and secretary general, Andreas Fiorentinos.
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Greek Hotels Under Strain

“This year is not only a difficult year but it is the fourth difficult year for the hotel sector,” the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers president, Yiannis Retsos, said during the federation's annual council of hotel associations. The council was held on the sidelines of the 28th...
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Philoxenia 2012 Highlights

Parallel events on the occasion of the 28th International Tourism Exhibition Philoxenia.
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Yiannis Retsos, President Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers

Philoxenia 2012 greeting. This year’s tourism season has proved rather rough and difficult, yet challenging for the Greek Tourism sector. As up to the end of June, the state of the market was worrying, the outlook seemed gloomy and the rest of the season highly unpredictable,...

2012 Greek Tourism Sees Arrivals Pick Up, Revenue Down

“This year started poorly for all hotels and destinations in Greece, but after the elections of 17 June we had an obvious improvement in the rate of incoming bookings,” the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Yiorgos Tsakiris, told GTP last month.

Measures To Boost Tourism Announced, Minister

Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni attended the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers’ board meeting on Tuesday 11 September and announced a series of measures for Greek tourism development and ways to attract investments.

PM Skips Tourism At 77th TIF, Professionals Not Worried

The word “tourism” was not on Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ agenda at this year's Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) held at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center, 8-16 September.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Domestic Tourism Down During Holidays

Domestic tourism showed disappointing figures during the last holiday season as Greeks considered travel an “unaffordable luxury” and preferred to stay and celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays at home, press reports said recently.