Greece is hoping for a new tourism record this year, with arrivals likely to exceed 20 million, in a new sign that the country is winning back foreigners as the economy gets back on its feet.
After a poor season in 2012 â a year marked by back-to-back elections, political instability, and anti-austerity protests â the tourism industry seems finally to be getting its swagger back.
Istanbul is on alert ahead of the first anniversary of the massive Gezi protests May 31 as calls were made for street action in the flashpoint area of Taksim Square, which was the heart of last yearâs demonstrations.
In its latest measure, the Istanbul police have canceled all holidays and increased the shifts of police officers to 12 hours until a second order.
Arrivals from abroad to add up to a record 21.2 million in 2014 including cruise passengers, SETE estimates
By Stathis Kousounis
Foreign tourists visiting Greece this year are expected to add up to a record 21.2 million, including cruise visitors, Andreas Andreadis, the president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), said on Wednesday.
BELGRADE - Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has called on tourists to continue to visit destinations and establishments still in operation in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia as this can help to speed up rebuilding efforts.