Monday March 2, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
11o C
6o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Tourism boosts job hopes, revives car sales

Tourism remains Greeces biggest hope for a swift rebound after six years of recession, given that its expected growth to a record of 17 million arrivals from abroad this year is creating new jobs and generating investment in various domains. A rise in car sales last month has been linked to an expected bumper tourist season, while the government announcent on Thursday five-month paid training schemes for 10,000 people.

Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, his tourism counterpart Olga Kefaloyianni and the head of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, announced a special subsidized program to provide training and work experience in the tourism industry for 10,000 jobless people aged 18 to 29 years.

Applications can be submitted until May 27 and will benefit 2,000 university graduates and 8,000 high school or technical college graduates. The program, expected to be up and running by July 1, involves 80 hours of theory and 500 hours of practice. Payment for participants will amount to a maximum of 2,400-2,700 euros in total, depending on their educational background.

Once the five-month program is over, tourism enterprises will be provided with incentives to hire participants, as the Employment Ministry will cover their social security contributions for a period of time.

Expectations of an increase in tourism this year as well as changes in the regulations for tourism transport have led to an increase in car sales in April after a long period of decline.

Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed on Thursday that the number of new cars on Greeces roads posted an increase of 21.8 percent last month from April 2012, totaling 7,248 new vehicles. April last year had seen a massive 52.7 percent decline on an annual basis. There was also a 1.2 percent annual increase in motorcycles sold last month.

Market professionals attribute this increase to the high number of new vehicles acquired by car rental companies in anticipation of the arrival of more tourists this year, and to the liberalization of tourism transport; this means that as of this year, hotels and other tourism enterprises can operate their own vehicles in order to facilitate the transportation of tourists. More than 50 percent of the cars sold in April were corporate vehicles.

After a long time, Toyota bounced back to the top spot in car sales in April, securing a 13.1 percent share of the market, ahead of Volkswagen with 12.4 percent and Hyundai with 9.6 percent. Opel dropped to fourth on 7.9 percent with Fiat fifth, securing a 5.8 percent market share.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday May 9, 2013 (23:14)  
Greek debt becoming less sustainable
No progress seen in tax administration
House protection criteria will benefit wealthy borrowers, too
Agenda
Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
Greece is protesting Turkey's move to reserve a large chunk of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year, a Greek foreign ministry spokesman says. Foreign...
Spanish PM hits back at Greek accusation of anti-Athens axis
Spain's centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hit back on Sunday against accusations from Greece's leftist premier that Spain and Portugal had led a conservative conspiracy to topple his...
Inside News
SOCCER
Super League to seek way out of impasse
The Super League governing board is convening again on Monday in a bid to overcome the tensions that keeps building up in Greek soccer despite the suspension of action on the field over the ...
BASKETBALL
Spanoulis leads Olympiakos to win over Malaga
A good second half was enough for Olympiakos to get the better of Unicaja Malaga (77-72) and score its seventh win in eight games at the second group stage of the Euroleague on Friday. Playi...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
A unionist agenda
Maybe Greece will not experience a credit event, because it is in no ones interest, as Minister of State for Coordinating Government Operations Alekos Flambouraris recently assured. Maybe...
EDITORIAL
The beguiling limelight
Too much media exposure is never a good thing and there is no shortage of newcomers in politics who are beguiled by the limelight. What usually comes after this thrall of publicity is the in...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. Super League to seek way out of impasse
3. Greek debt becoming less sustainable
4. No progress seen in tax administration
5. House protection criteria will benefit wealthy borrowers, too
6. Agenda
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece to make international protest over Turkey reserving Aegean air space
2. Greece's lenders skeptical on new bills but focus on funding needs
3. Schaeuble softens tone, says Greece 'needs time'
4. Greece to prioritize IMF repayments but wants talks on ECB-held bonds, says Varoufakis
5. Lenders to be consulted over collective bargaining
6. Spanish PM hits back at Greek accusation of anti-Athens 'axis'
Today
This Week
1. Time for Alexis Tsipras to keep his nerve
2. A fierce battle looms
3. The ignorance of the West about the culture of Islam
4. Spain said to lead push to hold Greece to terms as Podemos grows
5. SYRIZA feeling the pain
6. The unlikely winners of Greece's surrender on euro
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.