Category: 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, […]

Prespes Watermills win 2016 Europa Nostra award

The traditional watermills in the village of Agios Germanos, located on Lake Prespa in northeastern Greece, was one of the 7 Grand Prix winners of the 2016 ‘Europa Nostra’ Awards that took place in Madrid, Spain. The awards, which are part of the initiative by leading European organisation for cultural heritage ‘Europa Nostra’ every year, […]

Famous ”Navaghio” calls for restoration

The worldwide famous “Navaghio” beach on Zakynthos that took its name from the freighter Panagiotis that run aground 34 years ago in the sand of Ai Giorgis beac The adverse weather conditions, the sea salt and the humidity have left their marks on the shipwreck that remains stuck in the sand and needs restoration in […]

First signs show increase in German tourists in Greece for 2016, at Turkey’s and Egypt’s expense

Greek tourism is apparently the beneficiary of fewer reservations by German tourists in the rival markets of Turkey and Egypt this season, according to a Bank of Greece (BoG) study this week and reports by German mass media. A trend shows increased interest in summer holidays by German holidaymakers in Greece, despite an overall drop, […]

German bookings to Greece reach record numbers

German holiday makers are expected to visit Greece in record numbers in summer, according to representatives of the German Travel Association (DRV). Despite gloomy predictions by Greece’s tourism professionals that the industry would be feel the impact of the refugee crisis and increased taxes on hotels, a DVR spokesperson said bookings of Germans travelers to […]

Greece and Russia hold religious tourism conference at Lagonissi

A Greek-Russian conference on pilgrimage and religious tourism will be held on Friday, May 20, at the Grand Resort Lagonissi, Attica. The conference has been announced after the agreement made between Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova to boost tourism cooperation between the two […]

Fresh bid to stop pollution from Sea Diamond wreck off Santorini

The government has assembled up a nine-member team to help local authorities protect the marine environment around the wreck of the Sea Diamond cruise ship which sank off the coast of Santorini in 2007 and led to the drowning of two people. The team’s mission, authorities said, is to facilitate the work of the Municipal […]

Serbian tourists visiting Greece could reach one million this summer

Serbian Ambassador to Greece Dušan Spasojević said that the number of Serbian tourists visiting Greece this year could reach one million, as a result of the problems recorded in Turkey. Visiting the Volvi municipality in northern Greece, he said that many Serbs that would otherwise have gone to Turkey will now choose Greece for their […]

Russian tourism head says Russian tourists in Greece could reach 1mln in 2016

The head of the Russian Federal Tourism Service, Oleg Safonov predicted the number of Russian tourists visiting Greece in 2016 could reach 1 million. Speaking at the Greek-Russian tourism forum at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Safonov said Greece had become the number one booking destination for Russians in May. Safonov made reference to […]