The World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) has commenced a study into the tourism carrying capacity of Athens in a new partnership with the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA).
Costa Cruises ship, Costa Luminosa has set sail again on May 16 from the port of Trieste, becoming the company's second ship this year to resume operations and the first to resume cruises in the Adriatic Sea and Greece. Overall, Costa has a total of four ships scheduled to resume cruises this summer.
Gloria Guevara, president, WTTC said, “The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and its members praise the Greek government for its tremendous efforts and strategic steps taken to restart international travel from May 14. This clear roadmap to recovery could reopen the door to a bumper summer of travel for sun-starved holidaymakers looking to get away to Greece and provide a significant boost to the country's economy.”
Greece saw 35,3 million international arrivals in 2019 and was forecast to welcome 37,1 million arrivals this year pre-COVID-19. However, the impact of COVID-19 has seen that projection fall to 24,3 million, according to the latest figures from GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has resumed its direct Athens and Cairo flights with scheduled operations having started July 01.
Climbing to its highest ranking ever at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Annual Report 2019, Athens ranked as the 17th top destination worldwide for association meetings, moving up seven positions from its 24th position in 2018.
The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid a high-level visit to Greece to meet with the prime minister and minister of tourism and offer the United Nations’ specialised agency’s support as the country works to grow and diversify its tourism sector.
Cyprus Airways has officially signed an interline agreement with the Greek-based carrier, Sky Express.
This year Hilton celebrates its 100th anniversary. Over the last century, Hilton has grown from a single hotel in Cisco, Texas, to nearly 5,500 hotels and 14 brands in 106 countries. This leading hospitality brand has hosted more than 3 billion guests since 1919.
For the first time since the application of the Law on Tourist Ports, Elena Kountoura, minister, tourism, Greece, issued Presidential Decrees approving the location of large marinas and marinas in areas under special territorial protection status.