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Changing Trends Alter Tourism Outcomes for Greece

The changing trends in Greece's source tourism markets and duration of stay appear to have changed the sector’s outcomes, according to INSETE.

Dreamy Cruise Ship ‘Celebrity Edge’ to Visit Piraeus as Part of Med Itinerary

Celebrity Cruises’ "Celebrity Edge" will be making its first port of call at Piraeus on May 30, as part of its Mediterranean itinerary.

Lower Spain Margins, Boeing 737 MAX Issue Take Toll on TUI Group H1 Results

Airline overcapacity for Spain and the grounding of 15 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes appear to have taken a toll on TUI Group’s first half results.

Chinese Travelers Stimulating Greece’s Tax Free Market

Chinese travelers account for more than 40 percent of all 2018 tax free sales in Greece, according to findings released by solutions firm Global Blue.

Athens Sees More Hotels and Airbnbs for 2019 Tourism Season

The growing number of new hotels and increasing Airbnb-style options available in Athens has expanded the city's accommodation sector.

Greece Evolving into Tax Free Shopping Destination

Greece is slowly but steadily evolving into a strong tax free shopping destination, according to data for 2018 released by solutions firm Global Blue.

Airbnb ‘Phenomenon’ Accounts for 5.3% of Rental Market, Say Experts

Airbnb-style rentals account for 5.3 percent of Attica’s home rental market, or 12,000 of the 150,000 properties up for rent, according to recent findings.

STR: Increased Accommodation Supply Drives Athens Q1 Hotel Occupancy Levels Down

An increased supply of accommodation options appears to have driven hotel demand levels down in Athens, in the first quarter (Q1) of the year.

Hotels Chamber Works to Get Greek Hospitality Industry Issues High on EU Agenda

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels has tabled the urgent tourism issues that need to go high on the EU agenda ahead of European elections on May 26.

TUI Expands Hotel Business with Three Hotels on Kos

As part of its expansion strategy to strengthen its high-margin hotel segment, TUI Group moves into Greece with the acquisition of three hotels on Kos.

Qatar Eyeing Investments in Greece

Attracting foreign investment topped the agenda of Greece's foreign minister, Georgios Katrougalos, who was recently in Qatar, to discuss ways of strengthening ties between the two countries.

Athenian Riviera Coasts A’ & B’ Set for Overhaul

Voula Coasts A’ and B’, two of Attica’s most popular beaches along the Athenian Riviera, will undergo a major revamp.

Cyclades, Epirus Top Hotel Satisfaction Index in March

Greece is in the lead in terms of hotel services for the month of March, followed by Cyprus and Croatia, according to INSETE's monthly bulletin.

Cruise Heads, Santorini Officials Agree to Launch Works on Athinios Port

Santorini authorities have agreed to proceed with urgent repair works on the Athinios Port, which receives thousands of cruise travelers every year.

Peloponnese Tourism Professionals Working to Create the Arcadia Riviera

Actions are underway to put dozens of Kynouria's small mountain and coastal villages on the tourism map, while creating experiences that will bring tourists back to Arcadia.

Repair Works on Acropolis Lightning Conductor Underway

Repair works on the lightning conductor system of the Acropolis in Athens, will begin immediately in the aftermath of a lightning accident last week.

India’s Jet Airways Shuts Down Operations

India’s Jet Airways announced this week that it would be ceasing operations after failing to secure emergency funding.

Attica Region Invites Arab Travelers to Greece  

Attica Tourism Directorate representatives visited Qatar to present the region’s luxury tourism options, aiming to attract higher spending travelers.

Heraklion Home-porting Boosts Cruise Passenger Traffic by 39%

Thanks to increasing home-porting actions, the Cretan town of Heraklion marked a 39 percent rise in cruise traveler numbers in 2018 against 2017.

Greek Gov’t Considers Allowing Municipality Say-so in Airbnb Policies

The Greek government is considering handing over responsibility of short-term home sharing policies to local authorities.