TUI holiday visitor boost.
Holiday giant TUI plans to offer even more holidays in the Greek Islands next year. TUI, the parent company of Thomson and First Choice, aims to increase holiday offers in the Greek Islands by at least 300,000. During his visit to Athens, TUI chief executive Peter Long stated that by next year TUI will take the total number of holidaymakers visiting Greece and the Greek Islands over the two million mark.
The pledge will bring another boost to the growing Greek Island holiday market which has seen a major revival this year following the setbacks in 2012.
The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) hopes the endorsement will tempt other major tour operators to boost their holiday offers in Greece.
HATTA president Giorgis Telonis said that TUI clearly recognizes the improving climate in Greece and the positive impact this has had on foreign markets.
He added: "What still needs to be fixed in Greece is to improve its infrastructure and local tourist facilities so as to meet the increased tourist traffic"
Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said late season bookings show that September and October will be "two very good months" for the Greek tourism sector.
In a statement, Mrs. Kefalogianni said the latest data showed good signs for Greek tourism.
She said: "We have connected with the market and established contacts with the strongest travel agencies that affect tourism on a global level... We continue to strengthen Greece's name abroad.".
The tourism minister has called for more help for the tourism industry including a permanent VAT reduction on Greek food services.