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Spokesperson Gerry Rice: IMF’s mission is a debt relief for Greece

The International Monetary Fund is working to arrive at a positive outcome with regard to a debt relief for Greece, which will allow the IMF to participate in the financing of the Greek program, noted IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice on Thursday.“Our focus is on activating the program that we have approved in principle. [This] is reliant on these two dimensions, both progress on reforms and progress on debt relief for Greece”, stated Mr. Rice during the press briefing. Regarding the debt, he also mentioned that the talks on its relief have been accelerated following January’s Eurogroup.Read more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: int.ert.grLet's block ads! (Why?)

British ambassador to bring more UK companies in Greece for investment

Britain's Ambassador to Greece, Kate Smith, said her priorities for this year is to bring more UK companies in Greece for investments and help Greek businesses that want to expand in the British market, during a New Year cake-cutting event at the British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce on Friday, ANA reports.Founded in 1945, the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is an independent, autonomous, non-profit organisation, with its principal purpose to promote bilateral Greek-British trade and to provide business and investment services for its members. The BHCC represents members’ interests in both Greece and the UK.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Two clubs on Mykonos and Rhodes islands among the 100 best in the world

Rhodes and Mykonos were elected among the 100 destinations with the best clubs in the world for three consecutive years, according to the International Nightlife Association (INA).In particular, Rhodes was distinguished in 2017 for Paradiso club and Mykonos for Cavo Paradiso Club.The International Nightlife Association (INA) was founded in 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. It is the first non-profit organization in the world founded specifically to represent the entities involved in the nightlife sector, including restaurants, bars, clubs, nightclubs, lounges, hotels, and the most important suppliers.Its main objective is to promote and support positive contributions from nightlife entrepreneurs.INA provides education and training, access to expert consultants, opportunities to cooperate and exchange ideas; and ensures that nightlife entrepreneurs have the necessary tools available to grow and prosper while continuing to offer a world-class quality service.Growth has been steady and it now has many members across Europe, North America, South America and Asia.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Bribery scandal rocks international RIU hotel chain in Miami

Miami Herald reports that Luis Riu Guell owns a renowned Spanish company that runs more than 100 hotels in 19 countries, including resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and South Beach and on Monday, checked in for a stay in a Miami-Dade jail.According to the same report, Riu surrendered Monday to face allegations that he doled out free and luxury resort stays to Miami Beach’s top building official in exchange for help with the company’s large-scale renovation of its South Beach hotel.After flying in from Spain, he walked into a Miami-Dade courtroom on Monday to be handcuffed and processed. His stay behind bars wasn’t long. He spent most of the day in custody and was allowed post a $20,000 bond on Monday night. He can travel from his home in Mallorca, Spain, to resorts around the world.Read full story here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportSource: miamiherald.comLet's block ads! (Why?)

Hotels: Zeus International undertakes management of the Hilton in Milan

Greek investor and developer Zeus International firm took over the management of the Hilton Garden Inn in Malpensa, Milan, starting on February 1, 2018.The iconic hotel complex offers a privileged location just 7 kilometers from Malpensa International Airport, one of Europe's largest international airports, and outside the city of Milan, favoring both business and recreational travelling.The long-standing experience of Zeus International's management in hotel development and management, in addition to its strategic partnership with Wyndham Grand, is recognized and supported by Hilton International hotel chain.Thus, Zeus International becomes the first company to manage hotels of two of the world's leading hotel groups (Wyndham, Hilton).Furthermore, it has established offices in Italy, in order to conduct a thorough analysis of this market and also study local hotels exploring future investment opportunities.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Travelgenio signs new multi-year partnership agreement with Travelport

Travelport, the leading Travel Commerce Platform, and Travelgenio, leading European online travel agency, are pleased to announce a renewed long-term partnership.When searching online; travelers expect destinations, flight times, schedules, prices, and relevant choices returned in a matter of seconds, filtered in a way that makes sense to them. To drive conversion rates, online search providers like Travelgenio therefore need to ensure they have access to the broadest and most current inventory of content across the entire spectrum of travel needs and have the ability to deliver ‘on demand’ dynamic pricing as well as micro segmentation of offers based on individual needs. With nearly 250 airlines signed up to use Travelport’s unique merchandising technology, Travelgenio is able to further differentiate itself by displaying and selling branded fare families and ancillary products (such as paid seat assignments, baggage fees, priority boarding, etc.) from these airlines in the same way they do on their own websites. Having recently become the first global distribution system (GDS) to be certified by IATA as a “Level 3” Aggregator under its New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative, Travelport will also benefit Travelgenio by creating NDC connections with airlines as they become available.By connecting to Travelport’s highly-differentiated Travel Commerce Platform, the online travel agency is able to benefit from Travelport’s leading-edge search, automation, shopping and booking technologies, while accessing business logic and profiling functionality on a single platform.Commenting on the renewed agreement, Mariano Pelizzari, CEO of Travelgenio, said: “Given all the searches that take place, its crucial we take advantage of the right technology to optimize our customer experience. The renewal of our agreement with Travelport demonstrates our commitment to serve the end traveler even better by continually providing the rich choice of content with the speed and accuracy that’s critical to them. We are delighted to continue building on the successes we’ve seen from this partnership.”Fred Lindgren, Country Manager of Travelport Spain, commented: “We are thrilled that Travelgenio has chosen to sign a new long-term agreement with Travelport. To maintain its leadership in the competitive landscape of online travel, Travelgenio needs continued access to extensive global travel choices and the best booking technology to deliver a fast, differentiated and personalized booking. This agreement is testament to Travelport’s combination of innovative technology and extensive travel content. I am confident our partnership will help drive its business and its brand even further.”RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

87% of Ryanair flights arrived on time in January

Ryanair  released its January 2018 customer service statistics, which confirm that Ryanair remains Europe’s No 1 customer service airline with:– 87% of over 54,000 flights in January arriving on-time (up 1%)– Just 3 complaints per 1,000 customers– Just 1 bag complaint per 3,000 customers– Over 99% of all complaints answered within 7 daysRyanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:“Ryanair carried 9.3 million customers in January with 87% of more than 54,000 flights arriving on-time, an improvement of 1% on January 2017.  With our expanding route network and additional enhancements, including those recently announced as part of our 2018 “Always Getting Better” programme, Ryanair continues to deliver much more for our customers than just the lowest fares in Europe.”January20172018On-time flights86%87%Complaints per 1,000 pax2.153.03Bag complaints per 1,000 pax0.670.39Complaints answered within 7 days99%99% RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)

Most popular Greek hotels of German holidaymakers

The five-star Pilot Beach in Georgioupolis was the most popular Greek hotel in Germany over the last fortnight, as seen through online consumer searches and travel agencies from Germany on the Traveltainment booking platform and presented by the fvw Hotelometer.Next in ranking follows the four-star Creta Star, with an average cost per person at 1,067 euros and a third place is occupied by Lindos Princess Beach in Rhodes at an average cost of 1,365 euros.See the table below with the most popular Greek hotels for the Germans during the 22.01.2018 - 04.02.2018 fortnight: Period: 22.01.2018 – 04.02.2018 (Calendar weeks 04 and 05)In the Hotelometer travel professionals can research the most popular hotels of German holidaymakers with just a few clicks. The overview covers twelve major destinations for Germans around the Mediterranean. The hotelometer is based on several million bookings from travel agencies and major travel websites, which are evaluated by TrevoTrend. The statistics are updated every two weeks and are thus always up-to-date.Let's block ads! (Why?)

German tourism: Two-digit increase in summer bookings during January

The German organised holiday market is enjoying a boom with strong double-digit growth rates in January, driven by good demand for beach and cruise holidays, according to the latest market surveys, fvw.com reports.Summer 2018 has generated cumulative revenue increase of 18% so far, including a 17% year-on-year increase in January, which is the top booking month of the year, the restructured monthly sales analysis by market researchers GfK found. The analysis has been broadened to include bookings from 2,000 representative travel agencies (rather than the previous 1,500) as well as sales through OTAs and tour operator websites. It does not cover individual direct bookings by consumers.Almost half (47%) of last year’s total summer revenues have already been reached as of end-January. The top growth months are May (+47%), mostly due to spring holidays in several German regions, and September (+21%), but all months in the summer season are higher than last year at present.Traditional travel agents are the principal winners of the current strong demand. So far, 84% of summer 2018 revenues, overwhelmingly generated by package holiday bookings, have been generated by retail travel outlets, according to the GfK Travel Insights survey.Winter bookings are also looking strong with an 11% rise so far, including a 14% rise in January, according to GfK. With 97% of last year’s winter season volumes already sold and still three months to go, winter 2017/18 is also likely to close with good growth, the Nuremberg-based market researchers said.The GfK findings follow on from equally positive figures in the monthly TATS sale survey of 2,500 travel agencies and OTAs that use its Ibiza reservations system. This showed a 6.9% rise in booked revenues for package holidays and cruises last month, and an overall 8.3% rise, including flights and other travel products.Advance bookings were 13% ahead of January 2017, including a 19% growth for cruise holiday bookings. Overall, leisure travel bookings for departures up to October 2018 were nearly 10% higher than at the same time last year.Strong growth for the German organised travel market in January Photo: GFKRead more here.RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportPhoto Source:pixabay.comSource: fvw.com/Let's block ads! (Why?)

Aegean: All international destinations with up to 35% off

Aegean airlines offers all international destinations with up to 35% off for bookings until 19.02.2018The offer is valid for direct flights from/to Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Rhodes, Corfu and Kalamata to all international destinations.Travel perioed can be between 16.04.2018 - 27.10.2018 as follows:16.04.2018 - 22.05.2018: 15%23.05.2018 - 21.06.2018: 25%10.09.2018 - 27.10.2018: 35%RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reportLet's block ads! (Why?)