Greeks hope for a bumper season as the tourists come back

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 – a year marked by back-to-back elections, political instability, and anti-austerity protests – the tourism industry seems finally to be getting its swagger back.

More growth in tourism from China

By Stathis Kousounis

Greece is among the main emerging destinations for Chinese tourists, the latest report by Union Pay International has found, including this country among those with an annual growth rate of about 200 percent in arrivals from the Asian nation in the last three years.

Istanbul on alert for symbolic Gezi protest anniversary

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 year’s 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.

Tourism is beating expectations

 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.