Tagged: tourism

Greece replaces Turkey as Germans’ second choice for holidays

Summer bookings to Turkey by German holidaymakers are down by more than half after a spate of bombings, with tourists instead heading to Greece and Egypt, according to German market researcher GfK. Tourism, which adds about $30 billion to Turkey’s gross domestic product each year, has been hammered by attacks blamed on Islamic State and […]

German Tour Operators: Demand for Greece is up

Bookings show an increased demand of Greece in summer, say German tour operators. According to Deutsche Welle, Germany’s largest tour operator, TUI registered a 4% increase in bookings for Greece in the current winter period and the coming summer, compared to the previous year. Thomas Cook, which is the second largest operator in terms of […]

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 […]

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.

Late bookings fuel tourism expectations

An increase in last-minute reservations since July could push revenues from tourism past 10 billion euros in the second half of 2016 and give a much-needed boost to the country’s struggling economy, according to tourism industry authorities. Judging from recent trends, arrivals for 2016 should clear 25 million – not including cruise liner passengers – […]

“30,000 inspections will be carried out this tourist season”

The General Secretary of Public Revenue Giorgos Pitsilis has announced that about 30,000 audits are scheduled to be carried out during this tourist season, in an effort to combat tax evasion. Mr. Pitsilis told the Praktorio 104.9 FM radio station that tax inspectors will not be auditing businesses in their own city, but rather they […]

Course of tourism revenues becomes unpredictable

Germany and Britain are Greece’s biggest tourist markets, but tourist spending patterns might be worrying. Bank of Greece data for May showed tourism earnings down 10.4 percent year-on-year as visitors reined in spending. That tightening of the purse strings was most pronounced with a 29.2 percent drop in spending by Britons, where a see-sawing sterling, […]

Deficit grows in May due to drop in exports and tourism

The Bank of Greece has published its latest report on the balance of payments for May 2016, which show that the current account deficit increased to 412 million euros. Current account In May 2016, the current account showed a deficit of €412 million, up by €272 million year-on-year. This development is attributable to a decrease […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Greece urged to fix loopholes for visa-free travel to the US

Greece has until the end of the month to meet new strict criteria for the visa-free travel of its citizens to the US as part of the Visa Waiver program of the American Department of State. However, diplomatic sources said that the deadline could be extended as US authorities are “very positive and understanding.” The […]

Greece battles to win back tourists amid migrant crisis

When Michelle Barns, a 45-year-old English mother of three, booked her family’s summer vacation on the Greek island of Kos last year, she hadn’t seen footage of the migrant influx that later made her consider cancelling the trip. Kos, a sun-drenched tourist destination in the South Aegean, saw the arrival of over 23,000 migrants last […]

Greece and Israel sign joint declaration for cooperation in tourism

Greece and Israel signed a Joint Declaration for Cooperation in Tourism, on the sidelines of the prime minister’s recent trip to Jerusalem at the head of a government delegation. During the visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday, Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and her Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin signed an agreement and reaffirmed their intention to […]

Tourist arrivals up 8.6 pct in Jan-Sept

Tourist arrivals grew 8.6 pct in the January-September period this year, Hellenic Statistical Authority said in a report on Monday. The statistics service, in a report based on a survey conducted by the Bank of Greece, said that arrivals from Europe -which accounted for the biggest part of arrivals (88.4 pct)- grew 7.9 pct, while […]

Cyprus sees record rise in airport traffic in 2015

Despite the negative beginning to the year, 2015 ended with a remarkable return, delivering the best results to date, it said. According to Hermes’ data, throughout 2015, 7.6 million passengers passed through the country’s International Airports. This translates to an increase of 3.6 per cent, overturning last year’s figure of 7.3 million passengers. Approximately 5.3 […]

Greece: One of the most attractive destinations in the world

The Alternate Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Greece, Elena Kountoura, was in New York earlier this week in order to participate in an investment conference and, at the same time, to develop contacts with major tourism stakeholders of the American metropolis, further promoting the Greek tourist product. In an interview, Elena Kountouras stated […]

The agreement with Fraport is a positive development for tourism

The contract for the concession of 14 regional airports to Fraport is a positive development for the air transportation and tourism, Aegean Airlines Vice President Eftychios Vassilakis said on Tuesday. “We believe that with the signing of the contract for the development and management of 14 regional airports by the consortium Fraport – Slentel, the […]

Israeli tourism to Greece rises sevenfold

The flow of tourism from Israel to Greece has grown sevenfold in the last few years, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In statements made this week in Tel Aviv after Netanyahu’s meeting with his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras, the head of the Israeli administration stated that the number of Israeli tourists visiting Greece […]