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VirtualDIVER: Innovative platform for underwater experience around Santorini

The innovative platform VirtualDIVER for virtual underwater experiences targeting the cultural and tourism industries has been developed in cooperation of Greek academics and private companies. VirtualDIVER will allow people to “travel” and “explore” the magical terrestrial and underwater environment of the island of Santorini, while they comfortably sit on their …

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Jobs in Greece’s Tourism & Travel sector to reach 1 million in 2019

Jobs in Greece’s tourism and travel sector will reach one million in 2019, the World Travel and Tourist Council said following a study. The tourism and travel sector in Greece grew by 6.9% in 2018 – at a rate 3.5 times higher than the growth rate of national economy at …

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“Oh My Greece! Unlock The Feeling” video features tourism campaign – & Poll

Greece’s new tourism campaign to the world markets was presented on Wednesday at a special event by Marketing Greece, the company of the Greek Tourism Enterprises Union that is responsible for of targeted promotional actions. This year’s promotion campaign is entitled “Oh My Greece! Unlock the Feeling.” The campaign focuses …

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Greece’s Hotel Chamber to launch “Travel-Hospitality Accelerator” for Start-ups

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) announced that it would launch a “Travel – Hospitality Accelerator”, a first-of-its-kind program that will accelerate tourism startups and turn new ideas into successful businesses in Greece. Speaking during the chamber’s 8th General Assembly on Friday, Chamber President Alexandros Vassilikos stressed that the acceleration program …

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Greece breaks historical record with 33million tourists in 2018

The year 2018 ended with a new historical record for Greek tourism, with 33 million international arrivals and revenues of more than 16 billion euros, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said  in an interview with Alpha TV. € The minister stressed the enormous contribution of tourism as a whole to the …

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Unemployment in Greece falls to 18.9% in August, remains high for youth

Unemployment in Greece feel below 19 percent to 18.9% in August, supported by strong tourism trends, Greek Statistics Authority ELSTAT said on Thursday. In comparison, unemployment was at 19.1% in July this year and 20.8%t in August 2017. The statistics service, in a monthly report, said the number of unemployed …

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Best-selling author Victoria Hislop to promote Greek Tourism

Best-selling author Victoria Hislop was a surprise guest of the Greece National Tourism Organisation at WTM London, where she revealed she is hoping to work with the tourist board to transform some of her short stories into films that will “introduce people to a different side of Greece”. During a …

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Santorini to impose cap on cruise ships to avoid overtourism

Picturesque Santorini with its spectacular scenery and sunsets has been struggling in the last few years with overtourism. Local authorities plan to cap the number of tourists mainly arriving via cruise ships. According to reports, Santorini will cap the number of daily arrivals at 8,000 as of begin of 2019. …

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Fireworks? Water by the Pool? German tourist complains about 5*resort on Rhodes

Fireworks in the evening? Water by the pool? Prompt service? A German tourist at a 4-star resort on the island of Rhodes had 1000+1 reasons to complaint about. The nights in the hotel were “sheer horror,” he wrote implying that especially children need peace and calmness during their vacations. “We …

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Greek Commerce Federation complains about low revenues from tourism

Tourism, one of the locomotives of Greece’s economy shows impressive growth to in 2017-2018, however, the growth does not translate into increased revenues for the tourism industry, a study conducted by the Institute INEMY of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship ESEE has found. For the period 2017-2018, the …

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Greece’s international Tourism not affected by the Athens wildfires

Greece’s tourism has not been affected by the Athens wildfires that raged in East Attica towards the end of July, international sector experts say. This has not only to do with the fact that the fire-stricken areas in East Attica, some 30 km away from Athens are more a summer …

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“Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo, invites the world to visit Greece (video)

Gorgeous beaches, crystal clear blue waters, starlit skies, amazing sunsets, history-loaded archaeological sites and mouthwatering cuisine. In between, footage with highlights from the basketball court featuring Ambassador for Greek tourism, NBA superstar and Milwaukee Bucks No 34, Giannis Antetokounmpo. “For your vacation, it has to be Greece” the Greek Freak …

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Greece expects record high 32 million tourists in 2018, says PM Tsipras

Greece’s tourism industry is expected to draw 32 million visitors in 2018, in what will be a record year for the sector, said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday. Speaking at a general meeting of the Greek Tourism Federation (SETE), Tsipras said that data indicates that tourism revenues this year …

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Greece wins ‘Tourism Oscar’, named Top 2018 Destination in SE Europe

Greece was announced as the leading tourism destination in the Mediterranean and southeastern Europe for 2018 by SACEN International, the international center for the promotion and development of the tourism and catering sectors, during a special ceremony recently held in Belgrade, Serbia. Hailed as the “Oscars of Tourism”, during the last 17 years …

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Overnight stay tax imposed also on short-term property leases

Greece’s Independent Public Revenues Authorities (ADAE) has announced that a surcharge imposed on hotel overnight stays also applies to furnished rooms-to-let and short-term leased apartments, the so-called Airbnb -type sector. The surcharge, between 50 cents and four euros per overnight stay, was imposed in 2016 as part of the leftist-rightist …

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Greece’s museums and archaeological sites record impressive visitors’ increase

Museums and archaeological sites in Greece saw an impressive increase of visitors in November 2017 when compared to the previous year. Museums saw an increase of 7.2 percent, while the number of visitors at archaeological sites went up by 18.4 percent. In November 2017 compared with the corresponding month of …

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Tourist arrivals in Greece hit record high and so do tourism revenues Jan-Sept 2017

Tourist arrivals hit a record high and consequently also the revenues from tourism, the Bank of Greece said in a report on the first nine months of the year 2017.  A total of 26 million tourists arrived in Greece between January-September 2017, recording a rise of 8% when compared to …

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Greece sees big dive in cruise ship arrivals in 2017

During the last season Greece saw a big dive in cruise ship arrivals and passenger visits compared to 2016. Reports blame the drop in visits on political instability and geopolitical developments in surrounding destinations of the eastern Mediterranean region. According to tourism officials, the overall climate of instability sharply reduced cruise …

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