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Hotels vs Airbnb Rentals: How to Compete in a New Accommodation Economy

Airbnb-style rentals have been taking a big bite out of hotel industry earnings but the game is not over yet, says a luxury accommodation professional.

Greek Tourism to Reach New Heights with More German, UK Travelers

It’s going to be a “hot" summer for Greece this year, thanks to some 30 million tourists expected to hit Greek shores compared to 27.5 million last year.

SETE Says Consumer Confidence Index Can Aid in Boosting Tourism

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has added a consumer confidence index to its monthly report to identify key markets as well as travel trends.

Carnival Bookings Across Greece Boost Positive Sentiment

Travel agents and hospitality sector professionals got a taste of what’s in store for the summer following a rise in bookings at carnival destinations in Greece.

Thomas Cook Posts Losses Despite Increased Interest in Greece

Thomas Cook may be seeing a strong demand for holidays in Greece, but has reported losses amounting to £49.1 million for the three months to December 31.

SETE: Greece 2016 Tourist Arrivals Break Record

Greek tourism is going strong, marking some 30 million tourist arrivals in 2016, according to tentative figures released by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

Travel Trends 2017: What Next?

At the dawn of the new year, travelers are making dreams and tourism professionals are making plans for the days ahead. And by the looks of things, travel is taking a turn for the more genuine. Adventure and hands-on experience go hand-in-hand this year leaving the good old...

World Travel Monitor: Sharing Accommodation Still Niche Player in Europe

Sharing accommodation is still a niche player in Europe, accounting for only three percent of the hospitality market share, according to the World Travel Monitor.

Greeks Holidaying Less Due to Crisis?

Greeks took fewer holidays and cut their vacation period short in 2015, according to the latest data released by the country’s statistical authority ELSTAT, costing the local tourism industry up to 121 million euros in takings.

TUI Group Raises Stakes for Sustainable Travel Practices

As part of its social responsibility strategy, Tui Group said it plans to cut the carbon impact of its operations by an additional 10 percent by 2020.

‘Guardian’ Sees Greece Tourism Upsurge Due to Safety, Stability

Athens is ready to host some 4.5 million visitors this year and the Guardian is describing the rising tourism numbers as a “miracle”, adding that much of the upsurge is linked to Greece’s safety record.

BoG: March Travel Surplus Down, Incoming Russian Travelers to Greece Grow by 523.6%

The balance of travel services dropped in March to 62 million euros from 64 million euros recorded in the same month last year, the Bank of Greece (BoG) said on Monday.

CNT Luxury Trends Take Spotlight in Athens Event

Ahead of its 20th anniversary, Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) recently revealed what's trending in the world of travel and lifestyle. The trend this year? Luxury travel is about discovering the unknown… everything from Iran and Sudan to a lesser known Greek island.

‘Plugged-in’ Millennials Forcing Hotels to Turn ‘Smart’

For millennials - the computer-savvy 20- to 30-somethings - life is all at your fingertips, and with new technology mushrooming at unspeakable speeds, it’s time the hospitality industry take heed, especially of a group that's been predicted to become its biggest customers by 2020.

Thessaloniki Tourism Resilient, Aims tο Stimulate Overnighters

The northern port city of Thessaloniki has proven to be resilient despite the ongoing political turmoil in Greece, with incoming tourism holding ground, the Thessaloniki Hotels Association said recently.

World’s Top Spots to Hit Instagram in 2015

Boasting more than 400 million monthly users uploading some 353 million travel-related posts, it’s no wonder Instagram is gaining ground over Twitter thanks to the engaging power of the visual. But which destinations across the globe topped posts in 2015?

UNWTO Chief Says Diversifying Key to Greece’s Tourism Growth

Diversifying is key to the Greek tourism sector’s growth, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said in a recent interview.

ITB Says City Travel Still Popular Despite Paris Attacks

The world may be seeing an increase in the number of terror attacks in metropolitan areas, but this is not hindering travelers from including popular and populated cities in their itineraries, the ITB says.

Travel Agents Still the Go-to Persons

Technology and the Internet may have made traveling much easier, but holidaymakers still prefer the face-to-face advice of a professional travel operator when planning their future vacation, according to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

IATA Cuts Air Passenger Forecast as Long-Term Demand Dips

An ailing global economy and weaker China forecasts are the reasons the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cited on Thursday, for cutting its long-term growth forecast for the number of air passengers around the world.