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Elections Expected To Hurt Athens’ Tourism

Any election period and political instability in general is negative for tourism, which in the center of Athens is up against a decrease of 20 percent or more in revenues, the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, Yiannis Retsos, recently told the Greek press.

Attica Hotels Post Increases

Attica hotel occupancy in 2006 increased 9.8 percent against the year before. Room prices were up 2.6 percent and revenue per room increased by 12.6 percent, according to Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association, and Ioannis Retsos, the association's...

Market Optimistic for 2006 Tourism Arrivals & Revenue

Travel agents, hoteliers, car-rental agencies and tour operators are enthusiastic and optimistic for this year's tourism season. They foresee yet another year of increases in arrivals and revenue.

Convention Bureau Top Priority For New Attica Hoteliers’ Association Board

A convention and visitors bureau for Athens, that's the top priority for the new board of directors of the Attica Hoteliers' Association. Already, the board has the support of the Attica Regional Authority. The next step is to convince travel-related associations in the region to...

Athens Hotel Industry In Free Fall

Athens hotel bookings have been in "free fall" as of December 2008, which translates to a 12 percent decrease up until September 2009 and an eight percent drop in the average price per room, stressed the President of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association Yiannis Retsos at the...

Athens Hotel Revenue Expected To Take A Plunge

As a destination Athens is deteriorating and losing any grounds it had intended to gain and this ultimately cannot be considered a result of the global economic crisis, according to Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos.

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.

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.

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...

Opinions Vary On 2012 Greek Tourism Growth

“Tourism went well this year,” Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos said during an interview to the Greek press in late December.

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.

Athens’ Hoteliers Call For Immediate Attention Of City Center Image

“The hotels in Athens are collapsing,” was the comment of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association in a recent announcement in regards to the city’s hotel performance for the month of November 2011. Αccording to data from the association, the average hotel occupancy in Athens-Attica...

Athens’ Tourism Continues To Decline

“With the current bipartisan composition of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, we will not understand, justify, explain, accept or even tolerate the possibility of failure to implement concrete promises, commitments and agreed procedures towards a common direction,” Yiannis...

Yiannis Retsos

The current period is without a doubt characterized by the turbulent and painful process of restructuring the basic structure of the Greek State and the effort to control the most important financial and economic figures and indicators.

Athens’ Bookings Satisfactory Despite Disruptions

“The winter season is expected to be extremely difficult, not only for Athens but for all Greek destinations that operate year round,” Yiannis Retsos, president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, said last month in regards to the Greek capital’s summer bookings.

Protests in Athens Upset Hotel Bookings

Only a few days after the violent anti-austerity protests that took place 28-29 June at Syntagma Square, central Athens, some 8,000 booking cancelations in 20 of Athens hotels were recorded, Athens-Attica Hoteliers Association President Yiannis Retsos told journalists last month.

Safety Needed First For Downtown Athens

“The primary issue is to restore order and to consolidate a sense of security to those who are in central Athens, whether they are tourists, businessmen or permanent residents, and then everything else will fall into place,” the president of the Athens-Attica Hotel Association...

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.

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.

Athens Hoteliers Up Against Mass Cancelations

Almost two weeks after the violent anti-austerity protests in Athens center on 5 May, during which three people died in a fire set by self-styled anarchists, some 28,000 hotel room reservations were canceled in the Greek capital and the trend is steadily rising, Athens-Attica...