ECONOMY

Hoteliers report slowdown in 2015 bookings

The bad press Greece has received in the last week owing to possible political and economic developments has had an immediate impact on tourism bookings for 2015, according to the president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.

Hotels are already reporting a slowdown in the rate of bookings, while the representatives of foreign tour operators are expressing concern to Greek hoteliers regarding the deposits they have paid in case the Greek banking system is affected by developments in the country, reported Andreadis.

The SETE chief added that Greek tourism may see a reversal in the positive climate generated in 2013 and 2014, and it is in that context that the association is calling an extraordinary board meeting on Tuesday in which the heads of associations of the sector’s professionals will participate.

The subject of the meeting will be how to deal with potentially risky political developments.

Conference tourism experts add that there have been isolated incidents of cancellations and postponements of events in Greece.