“The present tourism management, identical to the earlier one, has managed to devalue the nation’s tourism product by some 15 p.c, inflicting tourism’s contribution to Greece’s GDP to shrink from 18 p.c in 2008 to fifteen p.c this 12 months,” in keeping with President of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers Andreas Andreadis.
Mr. Andreadis launched an announcement to the Greek media final month and stated Greek tourism revenues would drop seven to 9 p.c in 2010 following final 12 months’s 12 p.c lower.
He was extremely essential of the present and former tourism management and referred to as on the federal government for the re-establishment of the ministries of tourism and transport.
The federation’s president burdened the necessity for the creation of a promotion company based mostly on the fashions of Maison de la France or Go to Britain.
On the Tradition and Tourism Ministry facet, Deputy Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis lately stated the low customer numbers are momentary and may very well be coated by last-minute bookings.
“The variety of guests who make last-minute bookings is growing… The pattern is altering and reservation cancellations are turning into bookings,” he instructed the press.