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Greece Lacks In Medical Tourism Despite Potential

Medical tourism has been a fast growing sector worldwide over the last 15 years and while Greece has potential to compete in the rapidly growing 'middle market' of medical tourism, the country lacks a comprehensive national sector growth strategy, according to a recent study by...

Mckinsey Study: New National Growth Model For Greece

The Greek tourism sector contributed (directly and indirectly) some 27 billion euros to the Greek GDP in 2010 and could increase that contribution to 45 billion euros annually by 2021 through a series of initiatives and investments, according to the study “Greece 10 Years Ahead”...

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.

Tourism Arrivals/Revenue Up, Travel Agency Revenue Down

The recent data released by the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) seems in complete contrast with statements and figures that refer to this year’s increases in the Greek tourism sector, according to the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET).

UNWTO Optimistic On Greek Tourism

“Greece has returned. Greece is making a dynamic comeback and we can confirm this," UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said while citing official data during the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism that took place in Madrid, Spain, 15-16 September.

Record Foreign Arrivals Expected In Greece This Year

Foreign arrivals to Greece this year are expected to reach, if not surpass, some 16.5 million, the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, informed Prime Minister George Papandreou during a meeting held in late August. So far,...

Spa Tourism Analyzed In Report

The Greek spa industry is expected to generate 15 million euros (some $22 million) in revenue in 2011, according to the first-ever Spa Industry Report for Greece released last month.

GNTO Releases Internet Advertising Results

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) recently announced the initial results of its targeted advertising campaign carried out for the first time over the Internet for the month of June.

British Report On UK Arrivals To Greece

This year fewer incidents occurred that concerned British tourists in Greece who needed assistance from the consular or Greek authorities, according to the results of an annual report of the British Department for British tourists traveling abroad.

Positive Performance Predicted For Greek Hotels In Q3

Greek resort hotels showed an excellent performance during the second quarter this year with an increase of 12.4 percent in revenue per available room compared to the corresponding quarter of 2010 and resulted to a year-to-date of 11.2 percent, recent figures released by GBR...

Hoteliers Cautious On Tourism Residential Accommodation

Greek hoteliers consider the tourism residential accommodation a necessary measure but under certain conditions, according to a survey carried out recently by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels.

Hoteliers Criticize Restaurant VAT Hike

The increase of the VAT for restaurant services in Greek hotels from 13 to 23 percent (a 77 percent hike) would reduce the competitiveness of the country’s tourism product, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels said recently in an announcement.

Domestic Tourism Expected To Drop This Year

Domestic tourism is expected to show a reduction of some 20 percent this year as the economic crisis is keeping Greeks home, according to recent estimations of Greek tourism professionals.

January-July Arrivals On The Up

Prior to the three-week taxi strike, Greece saw an increase in international arrivals by 9.95 percent compared to last year, according to data compiled by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) from 13 of Greece’s major airports for the January-July 2011 period.

Minister Brings Good News From Key Markets

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos last month expressed optimism in regards to the number of arrivals from Greece’s new target markets: Russia, Ukraine, Israel and Turkey.