Category: TRAVEL

Greece 6th in Russian travelers’ online searches

Greece was the 6th most popular tourism destination in Russian travel platform Yandex in January 2017. Greece had a 4.9% of the total reach share, with Thailand (12.2%), Turkey (6.2%), India-Goa (6%), Vietnam (5.7%), Egypt (5.2%) occupying the top 5 spots. According to data from the Russian travel platform, Greece re-entered the top 10 picks […]

Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed agreement to cooperate in tourism

Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement during the international tourism exhibition IMTM 2017 held in Israel for the creation of an organisation that will enhance Greek tourism and support the wider region of eastern Mediterranean. The first phase of talks on the new organisation entitled EMTTAAS (East Mediterranean Travel and Tourist Agents Associations Synergies) […]

Where will the Greeks travel for Valentine’s Day?

The most popular destination for Valentine’s Day for 2017 seems to be London followed closely by Rome, Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin. According to the relevant data, Paris -a classic destination for this day- is in the 10th position this year. The data are drawn from the bookings in “airtickets.gr”, according to which this year 18% […]

Hoteliers insist on suspension of overnight stay surcharge

Some 1,000 hoteliers attending the annual general assembly of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels on Friday in central Athens enthusiastic greeted a proposal by the chamber’s president towards the relevant tourism minister, who was in attendance, to suspend a new overnight stay surcharge. The additional fee was unveiled by the leftist-rightist government last year as […]

Athens voted 4th best destination

Athens was voted the 4th best destination of Europe for 2017 with 38.627 votes according to ‘European Best Destinations’. The first position went to Porto (136.116 votes), followed by Milan (52.836 votes) and Gdansk in Poland (46.852 votes). Following Athens in the next positions came San Sebastian (Spain), Sozopol (Bulgaria), Vienna, Stari Grad (Croatia), Basel, […]

Emirates unveils route that will link Athens with US

Emirates this week announced a new daily service from Dubai to Newark Liberty International Airport, via a stopover at the Athens International Airport, beginning on March 12, 2017. According to a press release, Emirates’ new Dubai-Athens-Newark flight will provide a year-round non-stop daily service between the United States and Greece – a service that does […]

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 […]