Category: TRAVEL

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, […]

A 5% rise in British tourists to Greece in 2016, says ABTA

Τhe Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) released data showing that bookings to Greece by British tourists would see a 5% rise this summer. According to the group’s data the western Mediterranean hewed top spot in the British holidaymakers’ preferences with an annual increases in bookings to the most popular destinations like Portugal (+23%), Spain […]

Bloomberg: Avoid Mykonos crowds and visit lesser known isles

In a long feature piece, Bloomberg writer Mark Ellwood, urges readers to avoid the popular Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini and choose the less known islands in the Aegean archipelago. An excerpt from Bloomberg: Sifnos Come here hungry: This chic little hideout is the original home of Nikos Tselementes, Greece’s answer to Julia Child. […]

Road tourism down in Greece by 7% in first 6 months of 2016

Road tourism in Greece has suffered a ‘blow’ for the first 6 months of 2016, according to data released by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). The data shows that 4.2 million tourist entered Greece via road between January and June of 2016, a 7% drop compared to the previous year. The decrease is mainly from […]

Greek PM to Meet with U.S. President Obama in Warsaw

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw. The two leaders will discuss the Brexit repercussions on the European Union, the Greek bailout program, security in the Balkan/Mediterranean region and the migration issue, according to Maximos Mansion. The Greek […]

SETE: How will Brexit affect Greek tourism

The United Kingdom’s vote for Brexit has created new conditions for Greek tourism, according to the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE). SETE said in an announcement on Monday that the exchange rate of the pound and any negative development in GDP will impact Greek tourism. “A large depreciation of the British currency and/or fall of GDP […]

Lagarde favors Greece permanently hosting the Olympic Games

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has suggested permanently hosting the Olympic Games in Greece, during a speech she delivered at the Aspen Ideas Festival. According to Mrs. Lagarde such a move would help boost the Greek economy by attracting international investments and on the other it will provide an environmentally […]

Aegean adds PayPal to payment methods

Aegean Airlines is adding PayPal to its online payment methods, a move which according to the Greek airliner will facilitate bookings. Travelers using the global online payment system will benefit from PayPal’s services which include One Touch purchases, the airliner said.

Greece worried about impact of UK vote on tourism

The outcome of Britain’s vote on membership of the European Union could have a negative impact on Greece’s tourism industry, an official warned Friday. Andreas Andreas, head of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) on Friday posted a message on his Twitter account saying that the decision could have “massive and unpredictable consequences, also […]

Telegraph: Greece among best adventure cruise destinations

British site ‘Telegraph’ presents the most adventurous cruise destinations in Europe in an article titled ’13 of Europe’s most adventurous cruise destinations’. Greece features prominently in the list. Greece One worthwhile spot is Volos in Greece, which pops up occasionally on itineraries with Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises, for example. Volos itself is a large […]

Unesco vote for Philippi next month

Inclusion of the northern Greece archaeological site of Philippe in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites will be decided at the organization’s annual conference, which will take place next month in Istanbul. Representatives of 21 countries will vote on the proposal for Philippi over the weekend of July 16-17. The voting members are Angola, Azerbaijan, […]