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Global Travel Group Reports 40% Rise in Bookings to Greece

The Global Travel Group has revealed that bookings to Greece are 40 percent up compared to the same time last year and are showing no signs of slowing down.

South Aegean Prefect Slams Government for Abolishing Reduced VAT Rate on Greek Islands

South Aegean Prefect George Hatzimarkos on Thursday slammed the government for agreeing to axe the reduced value-added-tax (VAT) rates that apply on the Greek islands.

Germany’s Second-largest Tour Operator Sees Rise in Demand for Greece

Despite negative headlines, demand has remained strong for Greece, according to Germany’s second-largest tour operator DER Touristik.

TripAdvisor: Aquariums in Crete Ranked Among the Best in the World

Two aquariums in Crete were ranked among the 25 best in the world in Tripadvisor's 2015 Travelers Choice awards for zoos and aquariums.

Greek Hotels Among ‘Best Reviewed’ on Expedia Insiders’ 2015 List

Two Greek hotels are among the Expedia 2015 Insiders' Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world's best-reviewed hotels, according to the results announced recently by Expedia.

Greek Islands Shine On Travel + Leisure’s 2015 Best List for Europe

The Greek islands of Santorini, Crete and Mykonos are among the best in Europe this year, according to discerning readers of Travel + Leisure magazine who voted for their favorite islands for the 20th time.

GNTO: Greek Tourism Shows Resilience Despite Challenges

Greek tourism may be facing challenges these days, but is showing exceptional resilience, the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) said in a statement on Friday.

Tourism is the ‘Heavy Industry’ of Greece, Revised Study Confirms

Tourism's importance to the Greek economy is confirmed through 2014 figures released in a revised study on Friday by SETE Intelligence (InSETE), the research department of the Greek Tourism Confederation.

Arrivals to Greece Rise 6.7% in First Half

International arrivals at Greece's main airports increased by 6.7 percent during the first six months of the year, according to data released on Thursday by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

Crete’s Blue Palace Resort & Spa Makes Romance a Top Priority

Crete’s luxury Blue Palace Resort and Spa announces through its “Romance Department” the latest offerings aimed at making your romantic getaway an unforgettable experience with everything from island escapes and picnics by the seaside to sunset boat trips and dining on the beach.

British Ambassador: All is Well Οn the Greek Islands

There are no reports from tour operators to suggest that there are disruptions to services on the Greek islands, British Ambassador to Greece John Rittmer said in a statement on Tuesday.

Greek Referendum Toll on Tourism in the Spotlight

The Greek tourism sector is calling on all professionals to remain collected and optimistic as they look for ways to save the season, following a week of closed banks, negative media coverage and a referendum calling for no more stringent austerity measures imposed from abroad.

TUI: Greece at the Center of Our Attention

Greece may be a leading choice among TUI’s clients but the international tour operator stressed that stability and modern infrastructure must be in place if Greece wants to experience growth in the tourism sector.

Interview: George Grafakos, Aqua Vista Hotels CEO

George Grafakos, Aqua Vista Hotels CEO, tells GTP what exactly makes the Aqua Vista Hotels brand stand out and he gives us a "sneak preview" of the company's future plans which all evolve around offering unique experiences. Experiences with strong emotions and excellent service...

Pet-friendly Beaches in Greece Growing in Number

More and more beaches across mainland Greece and on its islands are welcoming pets, according to media reports citing a recent decision by the shipping ministry in collaboration with the tourism ministry, which designates beaches where pets are allowed to swim.

Greece – The Unexplored Tourism Investment Paradise: Opinion

Financial Specialist Kostantinos Xanthopoulos gives us significant reasons to pursue an investment in Greece.

Proposed VAT Hike on Greek Hotels and Islands Causes Stir

State Minister Alekos Flabouraris’ statement to increase VAT on accommodation from 6.5 percent to 23 percent set off alarm bells among the country’s hotel industry, with Greek hoteliers calling it the “premeditated murder of tourism”.

Italy Travelers Shy Away from Greece in Jan-Apr

Incoming traffic from Italy has dropped by 14 percent in the first four months of 2015, Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) figures released last week reveal. Arrivals from the Italian ports of Ancona, Brindisi, Bari, Venice, Trieste and Ravenna, declined by 14 percent between...

Six Senses Spa Mykonos to Open in Greece at the Belvedere Hotel in July

Six Senses Spas recently announced the latest addition to its worldwide spa portfolio at the Belvedere Hotel, nestled on a hill overlooking the white Cyclades houses of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea.

Young Face of the Week: Elizabeth Kouta, Nutrition Care Manager of Capsis Elite Resort – Out of the blue, Crete

This week, GTP introduces Elizabeth Kouta, the nutrition care manager of Capsis Elite Resort - Out of the blue of Capsis Hotels & Resorts.