Tourism arrivals from the US
Posted by Greeka.com on 16 Dec 2005
Since the Athens Olympics held in August 2004, tourism arrivals from the
Head of the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, Yiannis Evangelou remarked that the increase be by over 20% in the year 2006. “As flights from America to Greece and the other way round are already fully booked from the period of April till October, we are already seeing the positive indications”, he said. With Delta Airlines starting direct scheduled flights from
The flow of Americans wanting to vacation in
A US Daily News publication recently reported that due to increase in terrorism in
Of an altogether different opinion is Stavros Andreadis, President of Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), who terms this period as “short-lived spring of Greek tourism”, and specifies the imbalances in the overall effort put in by the government for tourism as one of the reasons. He explained that, “Despite the 4.7 percent rise in tourist arrivals as well as the 7.4 percent rise in revenues, from the period from January till September 2005, year on year, tourism does require some essential measures to improve our services and products”. He specified that 2006 was a crucial year, and that performance of the tourism industry in any year does not depend on coincidental factors as much as it does on the preparations made two to five earlier to the year. Andreadis dismissed reports that he had termed the rise in Greek tourism as coincidental.
“Recent statements have confirmed that a strong interest is being generated in the US market, especially through polls run by travel magazines, which project places such as Mykonos and Santorini and the Cyclades in general, as interesting vacation spots”, said Evangelou.