A delegation of top Greek tourism officials attended a press conference at World Sport Destination Expo in Johannesburg this morning to highlight the country’s superb sporting facilities and other tourism attractions.
Tomorrow’s World Cup match between Argentina and Greece will see the two sides battle it out for a place in the last 16. Off the pitch, however, the two nations share a similarity that runs deeper than football.
The Greek Government has set up a crisis committee to help its troubled tourism industry, which faces a slump in holiday bookings following the Athens riots. An estimated 20,000 hotel bookings have been cancelled to the capital, and Thomas Cook has reported a 30 per cent fewer bookings this year.
Greek airspace has been closed as air traffic controllers join a 24-hour general strike sweeping the country. The strike is the third such action in Greece in the last three months, as private and public sector workers take to the streets to protest against austerity measures implemented by the government.
Domestic and international air traffic over Greece has been grounded, as workers launch a third general strike in protest at austerity measures imposed by the EU. The strike has also shut down all public services and schools, left ferries tied up at port and suspended all news broadcasts for the day.
Skies over Greece will remain empty for the next 24 hours, as a general strike sweeps the country in protest against austerity measures imposed by the European Union. The move follows a week of disruption, with aviation in France and Germany also hit.
Greece’s tourism industry has seen a boost following the successful hosting of the Olympic Games in 2004. And since the re-establishment of a Ministry of Tourism, a new vision of Greece as a year-round, diverse and unique destination is emerging.