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Cosmonauts in Greece for Yuri Gagarin Park Opening on Crete

A park dedicated to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin recently opened to the public in Heraklion on Crete, aiming to send out a message of peace and unity.

Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ‘Forever’ on Crete with Park in his Honor

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin will now inspire future generations through a new park created on the Greek island of Crete in his honor.

‘Greece Offers Great Experiences,’ says Russian Cosmonaut Novitskiy

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy met with Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and applauded Greece for "the great experiences it offers" its visitors.

Putin: Greece Could Welcome 3 Million Russian Tourists this Year if Visas are Issued Faster

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Greece could welcome three million Russian tourists this year if the problem of delays in visa issuance is solved.

Russian Tourists May Receive Special Discounts in Greece this Summer

Greek enterprises may offer discounts up to 20 percent to Russian tourists for their purchases in the country throughout the season, according to Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili.

Visa Process Red Tape Turns Russian Tourists Away

Russian tourists might not be traveling to Turkey this year due to the escalating military conflict between the two countries, but they are not opting to visit Greece either, Greek tourism sector insiders are saying, citing the tedious and time-consuming visa procedure as the reason.

Italian Hotel Association Wins Free Stand in Moscow’s MITT Expo

The Italian Hotel Association will participate for free in Moscow’s International Travel and Tourism Exhibition - MITT that will take place on 23 – 26 March 2016 at the Moscow Expocentre in Russia.

Report: European Tourism on a Firm Footing Towards Peak Travel Season

European tourism maintains a firm footing this year, according to the European Travel Commission’s Q2 2015 report “European Tourism 2015 – Trends & Prospects”.

Report: Russian Travel Market Remains Stable Despite Challenges

Russian trips abroad will increase next year by some four percent, according to the annual ITB World Travel Trends Report, conducted by IPK International and commissioned by travel trade show ITB Berlin.

Kefalogianni: Safeguards Are Needed For Greek Businessmen, Russian Tourists

Safeguards must be developed for Greek businessmen and Russian tourists in the event of a tour operator going bankrupt, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said on 17 September when referring to the wave of collapses among tour operators in Russia this summer.

Another Russian Tour Operator Calls It Quits, Some 2,000 Tourists Stranded In Greece

St. Petersburg-based tour operator Versa is halting operations and cutting off services to some 9,000 customers who bought trips to destinations including Greece, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Tunisia, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia and Montenegro.

Stranded Russian Tourists Should All Be Home By Next Week

More than 50 flights are expected to take place in the coming days to fly Russian tourists back home from Greece after they were stranded due to the collapse of tour operators Labirint and Intaer.

Thousands Of Russian Tourists Trapped In Greece Due To Labirint’s Collapse

Thousands of Russian tourists are still stranded in Greece following the bankruptcy of Labirint, one of Russia’s leading tour operators.

Leading Russian Tour Operator That Works With Greek Market Goes Bust

Labirint, one the largest Russian tour operators working with the Greek market, was officially declared bankrupt in Moscow on 2 August.

Greece To Welcome 19m International Arrivals, Tourism Body Sets New Goal For 2014

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has for the third time since December revised its 2014 arrival forecast.

Bank Of Greece: Tourist Spending Up In Jan-Feb 2014

Greek tourism has hit the ground running this year following 2013’s major increase, as revenues have grown by 17.3 percent in the first two months from the same period last year to reach 294.1 million euros.

Russian Tourists Still Coming To Greece But At Slower Pace

Greece will see a "small increase" in Russian tourist arrivals this year, according to Le Grand Group of Companies, a leading Greek DMC of incoming tourism from the Russian market to Greece.

Greek Tourism Minister To Visit Moscow

Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni will depart for Moscow on Tuesday 15 April to further strengthen tourism cooperation between Greece and Russia.

Greek Tourism Officials Fight Against Economic Sanctions On Russia

Greek tourism professionals are opposed to proposals that have been made for economic sanctions against Russia, as the situation between Russia, the Ukraine and the rest of Europe continues.

Greek Travel Agents Say “No” To Sanctions Against Russia

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) rules out any kind of boycott against Russia, a country that has a favorable attitude towards Greece.
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