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Continued Upward Trend Forecasted for Tourism

The year 2005 was characterized as the turning point and the beginning of an upward trend for Greek tourism with incoming tourism increasing by about eight percent was the conclusion of the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts' (ITEP) recent study.

Tourism Services Need Upgrading Finds Kappa Study

The Panorama fair's organizer, the Kalofolias group, released results of its annual survey on domestic tourism at the fair's inauguration ceremony. According to the survey, holidays and travel remain significant priorities for Greeks. The majority (52.7 percent) spend more than...

Higher Euro Equals Lower Tourism Arrivals

With the recent rally in the euro, which has pushed the currency close to historic highs against the dollar, professionals in the tourism sector begin to doubt expectations expressed by officials for a substantial increase in tourism arrivals this year. They say the rising euro...

Attica Hotel Occupancy Up While Room Rates Down

Attica hotel occupancy has increased 5 percent during the first quarter of this year as compared with last year said Giorgos Tsakiris, president of the Attica Hoteliers' Association (EXA) at last month's general assembly meeting. However, Mr. Tsakiris continued, room rates remain...

Another Increase in Air Traffic

Athens International Airport's spring timetable offers 836 weekly scheduled flights - 47 more compared to the respective period in 2005 (+6% growth on a year-to-year basis) - operated by 56 airlines, connecting AIA to 68 international destinations in 47 countries.

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.

World Travel Trend Report Foresees Slow Travel Growth

Since economic recovery in Europe has not been as strong as expected, due in large part to weak consumer demand, travel specialists expect slow growth for their sector this year. (Greece on the other hand expects to see arrival increases this year.)

Greece Remains Top Destination

Greece consistently ranks among the top 15 destinations in the world, attracting some 14 million international travelers annually, Dublin-based Research and Markets said in their latest report, "Travel & Tourism International 2005 - Profile of Greece," which they have added...

Global Business Survey Foresees Increase in Travel

Business travelers place security lines and flight delays on the top of the list of events that most negatively affect travel. And, the majority does not want cell phone use allowed in-flight. As for travel managers, they say expectations from top management are cost savings and...

International Tourism Up by 5.5%

In 2005 international tourism sustained the sharp upturn that began in 2004 in spite of the various tragic events it had to contend. According to preliminary results presented with by the United Nations specialized agency, the World Tourism Organization, the number of...

Traveler’s Checks Next to Extinct

Traveler's checks are on their way to extinction. They are nice to have if you have a habit of losing things or are traveling to a destination with a high crime threat, or to a very remote area, but travel professionals insist on ATMs, which are virtually everywhere these days,...

Competitiveness of Greek Tourism Product Continues to Decline

Greece continues to lose ground as a preferred tourism destination. In 2004, Greece placed 16th as a tourism destination choice worldwide, a drop from 13th in 2002, according to the findings of a recent study titled, "The Challenge of Competitiveness and Redefining Greek Tourism...

Greek Agrotourism Enterprises on the Rise

According to Agrotouristiki, the number of accredited agro-tourism enterprises in Greece reach more than 1,000, with some 600 of these providing accommodation. But just 20 or so of these units are truly agrotourism units that encourage visitors to experience agricultural life at...

Last Year’s Arrivals Up 16% Against 2004

Although unable to produce accurate data, last month the country's tourism development minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, estimated that tourist arrivals last year rose by 16 percent against 2004.

Hotel Prices Fall in Attica Region

Athens hotel occupancy rates last year remained at 2004 levels but the average price per room fell more than 15 percent, according to a recent report by the Attica Hoteliers' Association.