More news of Greek – Russian cooperation where visas and travel are concerned. Greece’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism announces new visa centers in Russia and fast track visa approval there. More Russian’s visited Greece this year than in any year since the economic crisis began.
Some 10 million international tourists visited Greece so far this year. This number shows slight losses over 2009’s downward trend, giving pause to market experts and officials. 2009 was a very bad year for the industry in Greece, and the news that things are not progressing despite great prices and incentives is not good.
Greece has just brought into effect new rules that will benefit the travel industry there. For cruise lines, new fee schedules will allow businesses greater profit margins, and create new incentives for travelers. Government officials expect increased air traffic, as well as better sale of Greek made goods.
Greek Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Giorgos Nikitiadis was in more talks aimed at boosting Greek tourism last week. This time the yachting industry was the focus of the overall government initiative to great expand Greece’s yachting industry. Nikitiadis highlighted his commitment to seeing that the government supports initiatives that will eventually grow Greece’s tourism industry.
Leading Greek travel organization Manessis just announced last week their 2010 Top Hotels list. Among the leading travel agencies in Southern Europe, Manessis’ Top 10 list is becoming something of a tradition now. Greek hotels are held to the highest tourist and Manessis standards in winning these awards.
Greek officials meet with Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies in initial steps to create a Greek school of tourism. HATTA expresses complete satisfaction with the progress made at this early meeting to engage the school travel market niche.
Diana Group Hotels just launched their new online portal for travelers to the Greek Islands. A decades old traditional family business reveals how keeping up with the times, and their clientèle, is one and the same. If more businesses engaged their customers like Diana Group, their competition would quickly melt away.
The Cyladese Islands are well known Aegean getaways, but usually only day or weekend excursions for most travelers. This is why places like Andros Island are sometimes overlooked as holiday destinations. Andros has some of the most wonderful cultural and sightseeing opportunities of all the Islands, and hidden seaside treasures to compete with any in the world.