Category: TRAVEL

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Greece

A land of incredible natural beauty, fascinating history, and colorful folklore, Greece arguably has something for everyone. From quaint coastal towns to alpine mountain villages and multicultural Macedonian cities, here’s a selection of ten must visit, off-the-beaten-path destinations where you will discover a different side of this remarkable country. Nafplio Few cities reflect Greece’s rich […]

New scanners to reduce need for unpacking at airport security

Makers of scanners used in airports are testing new technology that could soon make taking liquids and laptops out of carry-on bags a thing of the past, speeding up security lines for passengers. Manufacturers such as Smiths Detection and L-3 Communications are developing and testing new scanners using computed tomography (CT) imaging, which produce more […]

Greece issues response to provocative Turkish statements

In a recent series of statements the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of his country’s ‘historic right’ to have a say in the broader region, which includes Thessaloniki, Thrace, Aegean islands and even Siberia. These provocative statements came after the Turkish President disputed the Treaty of Lausanne. As expected the Greek Ministry of […]

Inaugural Alternative Tourism Expo in Nafpaktos over the weekend

More than 90 pavilions and a robust presence of hosted buyers from nine countries were on hand for the opening of the inaugural Nostos Greek Alternative Tourism Expo on Friday in the coastal resort town of Nafpaktos, in south central Greece. The exhibition, which was set to run until Monday, is organized by the local […]

Ryanair: Athens-Santorini route among top 5 for its US customers

Flights connecting Athens to Santorini, and back, are among the top five most popular Ryanair routes US travelers using the low-cost airline. Ryanair carried more than one million American passengers to Europe over the recent summer season, a 50-percent increase compared to the summer of 2015.

September arrivals hugely boost Greek tourism, numbers show

According to data released by the Greek Tourist Organisation (SETE), international arrivals to Greek airports “soared” in September, recording a 15% rise compared to last year. The figures, collected each month by SETE Intelligence, showed that the rise in arrivals was up by approximately 250 thousand foreign tourists, while the increase on a 9-monthly basis […]

Athens International Airport top in Europe in transit traffic

According to Eurostat data, “Elefterios Venizelos” International Airport in Athens has recorded the highest passenger transit increase in Europe for 2015. The figures show that 19.1% more travellers passed through “Eleftherios Venizelos” last year, compared to 2014, with Luton and Dublin terminals coming in second and third with a +17% and +14.1% rise, respectively. The […]

Bookings for Greek hotels soar in 2016

Greek hotels have recorded a substantial increase in bookings and revenues through their official websites for the second 4-month period of 2016. According to data released by Nelios, a company that analyses the accommodation industry, Greek hotels had a 41.5% rise in direct bookings via their websites and a 40.9% revenue increase, which demonstrates an […]

Greece is the top destination of 2016 for Austrians

Greece was the number one tourist destination in 2016, for the European tour operator TUI Austria, according to the General Manager Liza Veding, during the corporation’s presentation of the special program for 2017 that includes 10 new flights to Greece from Leeds every week. She said that she is positive that the success marked with […]

Amazing spectacle in Santorini

Thousands of tourists had the unique opportunity to watch an amazing spectacle in the sky above Santorini during the Ifestia Festival. Fireworks across the caldera made this year’s event on Saturday, a sight to behold. Boats headed off at the Caldera, while others watched from the mainland as events took place at the volcano. A […]

Lesvos visitors at a record low this August

Mytilini airport data showed on Monday that last month was the worst August on record for Lesvos tourism. The island that has been flooded with refugees and migrants in the last year received just 8,078 passengers on 58 charter flights. Last year Lesvos had received 124 charter flights with 16,588 passengers.

New ticket system for tourist groups in Acropolis

The procedures for ticket issuing for organised tourist groups at the Acropolis will change as of September 1. The Archaeological Receipts Fund (TAP) released a document according to which all organised tourist groups of over 2 members with a tour guide can only procure tickets from the new ‘Ticket booth for the Athens Acropolis visitors’ […]

Changes in procedures for passport issuing

A new draft bill regarding the procedures and necessary documentation by citizens for the issuing of a new passport is currently under public consultation. According to the new proposals, the procedures for applying for a new passport will involve two witnesses and the use of a person’s social security number and tax file number instead […]

Al Pacino incognito on Skopelos island

Hollywood movie icon Al Pacino visited the island of Skopelos with his yacht. The 76-year-old actor wanted to go unnoticed, but his ‘cover’ was blown when he ordered food from the well known restaurant of ‘Agnontas-Mouria’. According to local reports, Pacino ordered fresh fish, a lobster spaghetti and other seafood. His order was personally delivered […]

German bookings for specific Greek destinations up 16-31%

Even though the number of German tourist bookings in July might have dropped by 5%, their favourite holiday destinations such as Crete, Rhodes and Kos have seen a rise between 16-31% over the same period. According to data by TravelTainment, Heraklion (25%), Rhodes (31%) and Kos (16%) are among those choices that experienced a rise […]

FT: Mykonos is the new ‘French Riviera’

The cosmopolitan island of Mykonos has become of the most sought after and expensive pieces of land in the property market, according to financial newspaper Financial Times. Despite the economic crisis that has hot the rest of the country, and its small size (5 times smaller than Spain’s Ibiza) the Cycladic island attracts celebrities from […]

Two women caught with fake travel documents at Hania Airport

Police at Hania Airport on the island of Crete arrested two Iranian women, aged 33 and 40, on forgery charges on Saturday. Initial reports suggested that both the 40-year-old, who was accompanied by her young son, and the 33-year-old, who was with her daughter, also a minor, presented fake travel documents in an attempt to […]

SETE expects tourist arrivals up 6% and revenue up 6.4% in 2016

The association of tourist businesses (SETE) expects international tourist arrivals to exceed 25 million, having increased by about 6%, for the 2016 season. SETE also expects revenue to go by 6.4%, for a total of about 14.55 billion euros. According a recent study published by SETE, overnight stays will increase by 5.4% to about 195 […]

Sector group: Coup attempt in Turkey to negatively affect Greek tourism

Recent geopolitical developments in Greece’s “surrounding neighboring” are deemed to have negatively affected the tourism outlook for the current season, according to a report by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE). SETE was referring directly to last month’s coup attempt in neighboring Turkey and the subsequent crackdown by the Erdogan-dominated government and administration. Moreover, […]

Greece top destination for wealthy Russians

According to data from the Association of Russian Operators (ATOR), Greece come second only to Italy as the most popular destination for luxury holidays for Russian holidaymakers. In the list of the seven top luxury travel destinations for well-off Russians, Greece is followed by Britain, Monaco, the Maldives and the Seychelles. According to Mouzenidis Travel, […]