With Greek tourism recovering from the impact of the recent recession, the Greek Tourism Expo, held this year in Athens for the third time, was an ideal place to take stock of the industry. Here Sapphire Goss visits for Breaking Travel News to discuss plans to regenerate the sector with Greek minister of tourism, Elena Kountoura.
Choice Hotels Europe has signed a multi-unit development agreement with GVK Enterprises, a hospitality management and development firm, to introduce and establish a hotel portfolio in Greece. Choice anticipates that the first property under the agreement will open by the summer of 2017 under a Comfort flag in Athens, and that thereafter four additional properties will be developed on the Greek mainland and islands under the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands.
Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort officially opened its doors. A cornerstone for wellness offerings, the resort is an incredible destination, combining thermal energy from below the earth’s crust with healing thalasso energy from the sea - which not only caters to the extensive thermal and thalasso pools but also powers up to two thirds of the hotel. Heavily involved within the Greek spa industry for the last 12 years, wellness expert Stavros Mavridis has been appointed to the role of spa director of this unique and exciting new property.
Wyndham Hotel Group has announced that accessible luxury is coming to Athens when the Wyndham Grand Athens, the first Wyndham Hotel Group hotel in Greece, opens in the city centre early next year. Travel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life, and Wyndham Grand hotels and resorts offer truly unforgettable travel experiences.
The countdown has begun, with Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort set to open its doors on May 27th. Greece’s largest and most spectacular Thermae Resort, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort will do nothing less than change the world of wellness. With the remarkable distinction of being the world’s first and largest Thermae Resort located directly on the seaside, perched on the south-west coast of Kassandra, Halkidiki, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort effortlessly combines the clear blue skies, golden sands and the welcoming waters of the Mediterranean, with a destination that sets a new standard in healthy travel.
United Nations World Tourism Organisation secretary general Taleb Rifai has expressed the confidence of the organisation in the continued growth of the tourism sector in Greece. In 2015, international tourist arrivals to Greece grew by seven per cent to reach 23.6 million, while exports generated by the sector increased by six per cent to €14.2 billion.
Luxury boutique hotel group, Grace Hotels, has announced its iconic destination, Grace Santorini, is undergoing extensive enhancements, reopening for the summer season on May 2nd, 2016. The hotel’s complete renovation will provide guests with a significantly upgraded experience, while retaining the intimacy it has become synonymous with.
This year brings with it the opening of the extraordinary Miraggio Thermal Spa & Resort, set to be this year’s most exciting new addition to the world of wellness and luxury. Promising to be one of the world’s top thermal spa resorts and Greece’s first thermae retreat, Miraggio Thermal Spa & Resort is perched majestically at the southernmost up of the Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean, and rests on a long stretch of sandy white beach.
Greece is the word for British Airways this week as the airline has added two new destinations to its 2016 summer schedule: Chania and Kalamata. Both sunshine routes will be available to book from today, and the first flights will take to the skies from April 30th, 2016.
From October 1st, a first round of six Greek islands are set to lose their VAT rate subsidies as part of the third creditor bailout package. A package of cuts was agreed by the Greek government as part of a financial bailout deal with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank earlier this year.