Greece is beginning to attract the interest of major chains for the construction of new hotels and the investment in new accommodation enterprises.
Triggering the interest were the sales of two of Athens’ landmark hotels: the Astir Palace (Asteras Vouliagmenis) and the Athens Hilton earlier this year.
Greece’s hoteliers are up in arms over the government’s proposal to impose a new accommodation tax for each night spent in the country’s hotels. The reform is included in a new package of proposals for measures, the Finance Ministry has sent to the country’s creditors in order to cover a fiscal gap of 5.4 billion euros.
Capital controls in Greece could be lifted soon if three important terms are met, according to Hellenic Bank Association head Louka Katseli.
Speaking to Deutsche Welle on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Greece-Germany Business Forum in Berlin, Ms Katseli expressed optimism that such a development could happen in the coming months.
A tourism delegation of Greek travel agents visited Berlin during the ITB trade show on March 9-13 to promote Greece, exhibit their services and discuss partnerships with foreign tour operators.The president of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (FEDHATTA), Lysandros Tsilidis, represented the Greek travel agency sector and promoted the country in the best way during his meetings with representatives of the global tourism industry.
Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura over the weekend confirmed that 2016 bookings are down at the Greek islands that are under pressure due to refugee flows.Speaking to Greek TV station Mega Channel, the minister underlined that although bookings to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Kos are down compared to last year, no cancellations have been recorded. According to data, bookings on Kos have dropped 20 to 25 percent compared to last year.