Ny skatt på overnatting i Hellas

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Regjeringen i Hellas innfører en ny turistskatt, som vil koste besøkende fra 0,5 til 4 euro per natt, skriver travelnews.no

Skatten innføres 1. januar 2018, og er basert på overnattingsstedets stjerneklassifisering. Bor du på et ett- eller tostjerners hotell, får du et tillegg på 0,5 euro per natt. Et hotell med tre stjerner vil kreve inn 1,5 euro per natt, mens et hotell med fire stjerner avkrever deg en avgift på 3 euro per natt.

Bor du på et femstjerners hotell, vil skatten utgjøre et tillegg til romprisen på 4 euro per natt, ifølge nettstedet.

Skatten skal betales av gjesten ved ankomst til hotellet, og innføres for å bedre landets samlede skatteinntekter.

Hellas sterkt kritisert av EU-långivende land for å ha et ufullstendig og dårlig fungerende skattesystem, skriver travelnews.no

Kilde: www.travelnews.no – travelnews.no

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Skal heve sunket cruiseskip utenfor Santorini

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“Sea Diamond” etter grunnstøtingen ved Santorini. Foto: wikipedia.org

Greske myndigheter har gitt ordre om å heve cruiseskipet «Sea Diamond», som sank utenfor øya Santorini i 2007, melder nrk.no 

Myndighetene mener at det 143 meter lange skipet er en fare for skipsfarten, og også en miljørisiko.

Skipet, som ble bygd i Finland i 1986 og levert til et fergerederi på Åland, ble fra 2006 operert av det Kypros-baserte rederiet Louis Hellenic Cruise Line,

Da ble et nytt svømmebasseng installert og soldekket utvidet,

Skipet ble senere registrert på Malta, og deretter skiftet skipet adresse til Pireus i Hellas.

MS “Sea Diamond “, som opprinnelig het “Birka Princess” sank 6.april 2007 etter å ha grunnstøtt ved Santorini dagen før.

To personer ble savnet etter havariet.

Kilde: www.nrk.no, wikipedia.org

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Photo of the Day: Athens, Greece

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Photo of the Day: Monastiraki Square in the old town, Athens, Greece. The Acropolis in the background, – Photo credit: Visit Greece

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Gresk vårskole

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Er du Hellas-entusiast men synes at mye av det greske faktisk e r “helt gresk”? Nå har du sjansen til å øke kunnskapen om Hellas og alt det greske, språket inkludert.

Historie, matlaging, kultur, musikk og språk er noe av det som står på programmet når Albatros arrangerer “Vårskole i Hellas – fra Athen til Tolos”, en 15-dagers temareise, som har avreise Norge 30.mars, skriver Se og Hør.

Tolos er en landsby på Peleponnes-halvøya.

Priser fra ca.kr.12,000 per person, inkludert fly.

Les mer her: www.albatros.no

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Athens mayor points to record year for city’s tourism in 2015

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Athens mayor points to record year for city's tourism in 2015

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis told reporters on Tuesday that the Greek capital attracted some 4.1 million foreign visitors in 2015, while pointing to a ‘dramatic increase’ between 2014 and 2016, tornosnews.gr reported.

Mr Kaminis spoke at a press conference after the holding of the fourth annual Travel Trade Athens event.  

The Athens mayor said it was the best figure ever for tourism arrivals in the Greek capital, which has seen its fair share of upheavals and social pressure during seven straight years of economic meltdown in the country.   

Additionally, he promised that municipal duties – slapped on electricity bills – will have been reduced by 20 percent when his tenure is completed in 2019.

Read more here.

News source: www.tornosnews.gr

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The miracle in Athens: Greek tourism numbers keep growing

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It’s been a busy winter in downtown Athens, where scaffolding, tarpaulins and dust have been symbols of hope: a mini construction boom heralding a tourist renaissance, The Guardian newspaper reported.

Nine hotels are being built or restored around the city centre. Their arrival correlates with the huge upturn in holidaymakers visiting the Greek capital since a low point in late 2008.

“It’s a miracle, what’s been happening in Athens?”, Greece’s tourism chief, Andreas Andreadis, told the Observer newspaper. “The tourist industry in Greece grew two to three times faster than in Spain, Portugal, Italy or France last year. This year we expect around 4.5 million visitors in Athens alone.”

A record 23.5 million holidaymakers visited Greece in 2015 – generating 14.2 bn euros in direct receipts, or 24% of gross domestic product.

In 2010, at the start of the country’s debt crisis – which has seen it struggle to avert default and remain in the euro – revenues from tourism were 10 bn euros, or 15% of GDP.

Read the full story in The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/28/greece-tourism-boom-athens-jobs-growth

News source: The Guardian – www.theguardian.com

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12 år etter OL i Aten : OL-byen har råtnet på rot, men nå er det funnet en løsning på problemet

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Aten (illustrasjonsfoto)

Les hele saken på Dagbladet.no

http://www.dagbladet.no/2016/05/09/sport/idrett/aten-ol/aten2004/ol-anlegg/44164583/

Kilde: www.dagbladet.no

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New “Athens Guide” welcomes tourists to the Greek capital

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Τhe most popular tourist guide of Athens for the last 20 years, Athens Guide by City Contact was released on April 1st, 2016 and is already being delivered daily throughout leading hotels in Greece’s capital, to be read by thousands of tourists and visitors, Tornosnews.gr can report.

Its Spring Edition is completely revised, featuring larger dimensions and intends to provide the highest quality view of local businesses to Athen’s visitors.

It is printed in 90,000 copies, will be read by approximately 195.000 tourists and visitors and can be found at 400 circulation points throughout City Contact’s info stand system. The guide is under the auspices of HATTA (Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies) and the Region of Attica.

The Athens Guide can be found until the middle of June at the following distribution points:

– Info Stands at 99 leading city hotels
– 3 Athens Marinas (Marina Zea, Olympic Marina and Flisvos Marina)
– Tourist police’s office on Klafthmonos Square
– Daily tours by Athens Walking Tours
– Embassies
– Tourism businesses, conferences and events
– Various other tourist accommodation establishments

More than 650,000 tourists annually read the Athens Guide and stay updated on the best entertainment spots, shopping, food, drink and activities in the city.

It was published for the first time in 1998 as a completely bilingual (English & Greek) guide to Athens and is now offered in Chinese and Russian as well.

The guide includes specially designed maps of the city center, the greater Attica area, Sygrou Avenue and Glyfada. Eight editions are published annualy and distributed among Athens’ hotels.    

The 2016 Athens Guide includes:

– Practical information (useful numbers, emergency numbers, taxi services, postal offices, country codes, etc.)
– Complete guide in Chinese and Russian language.
– Excursions in Athens and surrounding areas
– Sightseeing & culture
– Health & safety
– Shopping
– Traditional Greek Products
– Food and Dining
– Entertainment & Nightlife
– Maps

City Contact developed the Info Stand system in 1996 which provides visitors useful information through free publications throughout Greece such as maps, visitors guides and other printed informational material and has been managing it ever since.

The company works exclusively with 200 of the top hotels in Greece in the major tourist areas of the country such as Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini and Thessaloniki.

City Contact distributes annually via the Info Stand network more than 2 million publication copies to visitors in these areas in order to fully cover the informational requirements of the hotels and their clients. 

The current guide’s issue includes special features on Monastiraki, Thissio and Psiri neighbourhoods of Athens as well as a welcoming message from Attica Region Governor Rena Dourou.

Read the Athens Guide 2016 online.

Source: www.tornosnews.gr

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ATHENS IDEAL FOR A LOW-BUDGET CHRISTMAS BREAK

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Athens ranks among the most popular Christmas holiday destinations in Europe, with inexpensive accommodation to boot, according to data released by international hotel price comparison website Trivago, ekathimerini.com reported.

Athens was 24th out of the 50 most popular European destinations as shown by searches made around the world for the Christmas period. It also ranked joint fourth with Budapest among the most attractive cities in financial terms for hotel accommodation, as the average online rate per night for the period in the Greek capital comes to 74 euros for a double room. Athens was beaten by Valencia (66 euros/night), Krakow (68 euros) and Malaga (73 euros).

The average stay in Athens appears to be six days, with the capital being the only Greek city in the top 50, while Spain has 13 entries.

Meanwhile Athens International Airport and Marketing Greece has presented their new campaign to promote Athens as a city break destination, titled “Speak Athenian, Be an Athenian.”

Iosif Parsalis, general manager of Marketing Greece, stated that the new integrated digital campaign, which uses a mix of Greek and English terms with Greek and Latin characters, is aimed at the 24-40 age group. He added that greater emphasis has been placed on attracting visitors from specific countries, among them Germany, France, Great Britain and the US.

AIA’s communication and marketing director, Ioanna Papadopoulou, noted that part of the campaign will involve a series of themed events both at the airport and in the city itself in cooperation with tourism entities and other bodies.

Read the whole article at www.ekathimerini.com/204234/article/ekathimerini/business/athens-ideal-for-a-low-budget-christmas-break

Source: www.ekathimerini.com

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ATHENS HOTELIERS: ARRIVALS GROW BUT HOTEL OCCUPANCY FALLS BECAUSE OF PRIVATELY RENTED HOUSES

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Tourists keep on coming to Athens, but a lot of them stay in the 8,000 houses that are rented privately in the Greek capital, tornosnews.gr reports.

Consequently, Athenian hotels fail to reap the benefits from the rise of arrivals, recorded at the Athens International Airport. According to the Athens-Attica and Argosaronic Hotel Association, they suffered the effects of falling demand during the September-November period despite a increase in visitors to the Greek capital.

The Association’s president Alexandros Vassilikos said at a press conference on Tuesday that the impressive 23 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals to Athens does not reflect on the occupancy of hotels in the Attica area.

The average occupancy rate in Athens during the first 11 months of 2015 did not exceed 3.7 percent and dropped by 3.8 percent in September, by 6.1 percent in October and by 4.6 percent in November. 

Mr Vassilikos asked “where are all these visitors to Athens staying” and pointed towards the thousands of properties that are currently operating illegally as accommodation units in the Greek capital.

He underlined that over 8,000 properties are currently operating illegally in Athens and called on the government to protect the hotel enterprises that operate within the law.

As the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels reported earlier, hosting of tourists in illegal accommodation causes legitimate hotels to lose 12 million overnight stays, which translates to over 500 million euros of less revenue.

Mr Vassilikos noted that Athens still has the lowest average room rate – 90 euros compared to other European countries and added that strategic choices must be made for Athens as a destination to increase visitor numbers.

These choices include upgrading existing hotels, promoting the Áttica Riviera and establishing a metropolitan conference center within the city.

Read the article at www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/hotels/13804-athens-the-houses-main-competitor-of-xenodocheion-growing-arrivals-but-no-occupancy.html

Source: www.tornosnews.gr

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